OCTO PRAMAC DUCATI
Scott Redding has got plenty to brag about when it comes to the British Grand Prix. He’s still the youngest GP winner in history after his 125cc triumph at Donington Park in 2008 aged 15, and won on home soil in Moto2 back in 2013.
And he’d love nothing more than getting the better of his countrymen and finishing top Brit this year.
He said: “Of course I’d like the bragging rights of being top Brit. In the past I’ve gone there in Motogp a bit handcuffed but this year I feel I’m on more of a level playing field with guys like Cal and Bradley. It is not only about being the first Brit but I want to be putting up a fight for the top six if I can.”
Redding’s incredible record of racing in front of his home crowd is testament to how much he thrives on the big and partisan support and brushes aside the extra pressure and expectation.
He added: “I love racing at home because in a way I feel kind of invincible. I think we are lucky to turn up for our home race at such an amazing track because it so fast and challenging. It definitely feels different to any other race because you ride down the back straight and you can see loads of people cheering you on. That’s a great feeling and it inspires me. I get a funny feeling in my stomach because of it. You can’t see it or hear it, you just feel it and that’s what I like about racing at home. I don’t feel any pressure. It actually relaxes me more and it just gives me more strength to take a few more chances on track.”
Silverstone’s fast and technical layout should play into the hands of Redding’s Ducati GP15, which has power to burn and he said: “I think the track is going to suit the Ducati, but I seem to have this knack of making the bike work at Silverstone whether it wants to or not. That is something I’ve got in my pocket. So if we turn up and the bike works there then it is a bit of an extra bonus.”