Scott Redding produced one of the standout performances of his career yesterday, storming to a sensational Moto2 victory in front of a jubilant home crowd at Silverstone, while at Nurburgring in Germany Sam Lowes took his fifth World Supersport victory of the year and Tom Sykes secured a World Superbike win to re-claim his lead in the standings.
Redding led for the first 11-laps and was briefly dragged into an exciting podium battle with Takaaki Nakagami and Thomas Lüthi before he regained the advantage on lap 15. The 20-year-old then rode a faultless final four laps to take the win and extend his championship lead to 38 points with six races remaining. Redding also revealed that he has signed a contract with Gresini Honda that will see him move up to MotoGP from 2014.
Meanwhile in Germany, Sam Lowes took another step closer to the World Supersport Championship title after scoring his fifth win of the season at the Nurburgring. He started the race from pole and by mid race he had built a comfortable lead over championship rival Kenan Sofuoglu who then crashed out, allowing Lowes to cruise to the finish line. The victory puts him on 185 points, 54 clear of Sofuoglu with four races remaining.
In the World Superbike class, Tom Sykes was awarded the win in a red-flagged race one and came fourth in race two, seeing him re-claim the lead in the championship standings. Fellow SHARK-man Sylvain Guintoli has a strong weekend with a fourth and fifth, while Jules Cluzel came eighth and 14th.
I would just like to say I don’t like to win a race like that, Kenan was pushing hard and I didn’t want to see him crash. Even after what has happened after the last few races I like battling with him. I want to win this championship a lot but I don’t want it to hinge on a mistake by him. Racing is racing; I knew that if I stuck to my pace it would be hard for him. I saw the gap get a little bit bigger, then he pushed on and made a mistake. I want to thank my team who gave me a fantastic bike today and thank you to Yamaha for helping out as well. It’s been a great weekend, hopefully I can carry that on for the next few races.
To come here to your home Grand Prix and stand on the top step of the podium in red, white and blue, well, it doesn’t get much better than that, really. I was happy with how the race panned out today. No pressure, no real mistakes and we got the result we came here for. To do it on a weekend when we’ve been celebrating the life of Barry Sheene, one of the all-time greats of motorcycle racing, was just the icing on the cake for me. The win today means I leave Silverstone with a 38 point lead in the championship and with one less race for my main rivals to try and reel me in. All in all, a good weekend all round.
It is very difficult to tell if I could have come back at Marco in the last two laps of race one but when he passed me I was preparing to push the pace a bit more. I am sure all three or four of us in the front group were able to improve our lap times right at the end but the decision to stop the race has gone in our favour for a change. I will take the result and I am very happy for the 25 points. It was the first time all weekend we have had a small issue with the bike set-up. I went to bed last night expecting probably a few more points in race two but it is racing and things like this happen. It seems that we had some limitations in that race, which is a shame because over race distance I was 100% confident in myself, in the Ninja ZX-10R that we could make 1’54 laps even at the end. We proved that through practice this weekend. I think we know where we can improve and I am very happy to have the people around me that I have. It was important to keep Sylvain G uintoli behind me in that second race as we saw how every point counts last year. It adds to the end of season points basket and after this weekend we are leading the championship again.