BRITS AIMING HIGH FOR SILVERSTONE ASSAULT
Mcphee, Redding, Crutchlow and more target the podium at Silverstone showdown
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