SCOTT RED­DING

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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.”

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