This weekend the sixth round of MotoGP and Moto2 championships continued at Silverstone, England. In good weather conditions SHARK-riders took a podium and continued to collect valuable championship points between them.
Scott Redding (Marc VDS) gave the home crowd a reason to celebrate in the Moto2 class, where the young-Briton took second place after a thrilling race, which was decided in the last laps.
Redding was on-top form battling for the lead from the on-set of the 18-lap race. Forcing his way to the front of the pack on the second lap, the SHARK-man set a quick pace that his competitors found difficult to maintain.
A move on the race leader on the final lap saw Redding take the lead, but he was superseded by eventual winner Pol Espargaro on the straight, leaving the SHARK-rider to claim the runners up spot at the chequered flag. Redding is currently fifth in the Moto2 championship.
In the MotoGP class, rookie and reigning Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) claimed a brave eighth-place finish after sustaining a finger injury on his left hand, following a crash on Saturday morning. Bradl is sitting in eighth place in the overall championship.
Meanwhile fresh from the Isle of Man TT races, Ryan Farquhar continued his successful road racing season dominating the Mid Antrim 150 road races on Saturday. In tricky damp conditions over the 3.54-mile circuit Farquhar won all five of his races, including the Grand Final. The SHARK-man has now won 21 races this season. Farquhar’s team-mate and fellow SHARK-supported Jamie Hamilton took strong fifth and sixth place finishes in the Superbike races, but lost out on second place in the Supertwin class after coming off at the Clough hairpin, without injury.
Scott Redding: The start of the race was a bit hectic, as both me and Bradley wanted to be the top Brit, so the battle at the front was, shall we say, a bit aggressive! All good fun though! Once I was through and into the lead I was able to find a good rhythm that was easy on the tyres but still fast enough to make it difficult for the riders chasing me. Eventually they caught me and as Espargaro went through, I got involved in a bit of a ding dong with Marquez and Iannone that held us all up a bit. I knew it was going to be a bit of a scrap with Marquez on the last lap and I wasn’t wrong. I passed him early, he came back on the straight, so I stuck it up his inside on the brakes. He was struggling with the bike, but he still tried to come back at me in the final corner, but I was having none of it! It was a good, clean fight; a great result and I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as I did! Thanks to Marc van der Straten, the team and everyone who was here to support us this weekend.
Stefan Bradl: We can be happy overall because today we improved our pace, both in the warm-up and in the race. Unfortunately yesterday I crashed in FP3 and that cost us a lot of track time, but it could be worse than this: I mean I could have broken my finger. So it’s not been the perfect weekend for us, but we have to take the positive things. Today my start was not perfect due to the injured finger and I lost the feeling for the first laps. Then I got passed by some riders and it was tough to overtake them again. In the middle of the race Crutchlow passed me and I made a small mistake with the clutch because the downshifting was harder with this painful finger. Anyway our lap times until the end of the race were pretty fast so this means we have a good potential.
Ryan Farquhar: After having a few hectic weeks at the NW200 and TT, I wasn’t sure if I was going to race this weekend but I took the bull by the horns, got the bikes sorted and came along and I’m glad I did now! It’s tough at the moment for everyone and with a number of meetings being cancelled later in the year, I think it’s important I do what I can to support the clubs as best I can as I’d hate any of them to disappear. I think it was appreciated and it’s just such a shame for the Mid Antrim club that the meeting was affected by the weather again. I was planning on cutting down my racing a bit this year but, like I say, I think it’s important to support all the clubs as much as possible to keep the meetings going so I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead at the likes of the Bush, Skerries, Walderstown, the Southern 100 and Scarborough so I’ll be hoping to rack up a few more wins there!