Mcphee, Red­ding, Crutchlow and more tar­get the podium at Sil­ver­stone show­down

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP RE­PORTER si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

It won’t just be Brno race win­ner Cal Crutchlow gun­ning for glory this week­end, with Bri­tain’s home grown tal­ent across all classes ready to de­liver on home turf.

While Crutchlow heads into the race brim­ming with con­fi­dence, he ad­mits that a re­turn to top step suc­cess is un­likely for the sec­ond race in a row (see page 26). But the top form of the LCR Honda rider means he’s well placed to make an im­pact.

Hav­ing a strong race last year at Sil­ver­stone in wet con­di­tions un­til Jack Miller took him out while they were bat­tling for the podium, Crutchlow will be hop­ing for sim­i­lar weather again this week­end. Al­ready prov­ing not only at Brno but also at Sach­sen­ring that he can run at the front in tricky con­di­tions, he’ll be one of those per­form­ing a rain dance on Sun­day.

Fel­low Brit Scott Red­ding has shown his own mo­ments of ge­nius this year and the Pra­mac Du­cati rider could well be in the mix at Sil­ver­stone. Dur­ing the sea­son to date the 23-year-old has shown that he has the pace in both the wet and the dry to run with the lead­ers when he finds his rhythm, but it’s clear that like Crutchlow he would ben­e­fit from a wet race.

Ir­ish­man Eu­gene Laverty has only failed to score points in one race this year, and has shown his pedi­gree, es­pe­cially in the wet. The World Su­per­bike-bound rider should be able to utilise the speed of the GP14 ma­chine to make the most of the long Hangar and Welling­ton straights.

Mcphee out to do it again

Bri­tain’s John Mcphee will ar­rive at Sil­ver­stone on top of the world af­ter his stun­ning maiden Moto3 win at Brno ten days ago. His wet weather pace in the Czech race saw him able to neu­tralise the power ad­van­tage of his fac­tory Honda and KTM ri­vals.

“It’ll be nice to get in front of the home fans – it’s al­ways a great at­mos­phere, and the Brits al­ways make the home rid­ers feel spe­cial.

“There are quite a few ar­eas that de­pend on horse­power, but there’s a lot of twisty stuff too. If it rains, it could be ideal for us though be­cause it cuts that horse­power deficit.”

But while his win last week might have come in tor­ren­tial rain, im­prov­ing form all sea­son on the Peu­geot-branded Mahin­dra ma­chine means that Mcphee is al­most as con­fi­dent go­ing into the race in the dry as he is in the wet.

“Ev­ery Brit gets it – if you have a good re­sult in the wet it’s just be­cause it was rain­ing. But we’re com­ing good in the dry too. My main aim this year is to im­prove in the dry, and I spent all win­ter in Spain away form the rain rid­ing on dry tar­mac. I think we’re get­ting closer now.”

Kent on the crest of a wave

Reign­ing Moto3 world cham­pion Danny Kent comes into his home race on the crest of a wave in Moto2, rid­ing the best he has all sea­son on the Leop­ard Rac­ing Kalex and ar­riv­ing at Sil­ver­stone fi­nally ready to show some of his stun­ning 2015 pace.

Win­ning in front of home fans last year, the Wilt­shire racer has had a tor­rid start to the 2016 sea­son and his re­turn to the Moto2 class.

But, hav­ing made big steps for­ward with the bike in re­cent rounds and able to show once again what he’s ca­pa­ble of with a pair of strong points-scor­ing fin­ishes in the last two races, he’s look­ing for­ward to once again per­form­ing in front of the home fans.

“Last year was the best race of the year, win­ning in front of home fans, and we’re just start­ing to im­prove at the right time this year to do well in front of the home fans again. Fin­gers crossed we can have a strong week­end there again,” he said.

‘It’ll be nice to get in front of the home fans – it’s al­ways a great at­mos­phere’ JOHN MCPHEE

Mcphee ruled in Brno and he’s look­ing for­ward to rac­ing at home Damp con­di­tions help Mcphee’s Moto3 ma­chine Kent has re­found his Moto2 mojo

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