Scott Redding secured his first Moto2 win this weekend at Le Mans, France. Redding started from pole position but lost places at the start of the race, managing to quickly get back up into the top-five over a few laps. The young-Brit eventually took the lead, but tricky conditions meant that the race was red-flagged with just three laps to go. Redding’s result sees him re-take the lead in the championship by 24 points.
Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, the North West 200 road races took place. In Thursday’s Vauxhall Supertwin 650cc race, veteran racer Jeremy McWilliams showed the youngsters how it was done. Riding one of Ryan Farquhar’s prepared Kawasaki’s, the 49 year-old became the first Irish rider to win both a world championship GP and a North West 200 race since 1976. Meanwhile Jamie Hamilton also riding a Farquhar prepared machine, took the third place spot. Due to wet weather conditions the races were eventually cancelled on Saturday on safety grounds.
It’s an amazing feeling to have taken the win today, in what were very difficult conditions. It’s a fitting reward for the team, who have all worked so hard for this win and, to them, I have to say a big thank you. I also owe a lot to Marc van der Straten for his support, so it was great that we had the chance to stand together on the top step of the podium today. The win also puts me back on the top of the championship standings, but this time with a bit more of an advantage, so I’m happy with that. Now we go to Mugello, where I’ll definitely be looking for more of the same!
This ticks a box I have always wanted. To win a North West 200 race is an amazing feeling. It also lays a few ghosts to rest for the doubters who cast doubts on whether I could win a road race or not. I was under a lot of pressure from young Davison before he disappeared. I struck up a great friendship with Ryan (Farquhar) and he was the instigator of me riding here last year and it’s terrific to win the race for him.