M2: British GP: Marc VDS preview

REDDING READY FOR HOME RACE AT NEW CIRCUIT The Marc VDS Racing Team's Scott Redding is all set for his home race this weekend, as the British Grand Prix returns to the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, for the first time since...

REDDING READY FOR HOME RACE AT NEW CIRCUIT

The Marc VDS Racing Team's Scott Redding is all set for his home race this weekend, as the British Grand Prix returns to the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, for the first time since 1986.

Two years ago Redding became the youngest ever GP race winner by taking victory in the 125cc British Grand Prix at Donington Park. The Marc VDS rider backed this up with a podium finish in the same race the following year, but is under no illusions as he returns to a new track and in a new class this time around.

It's been a difficult transition from the 125cc category to the new, ultra-competitive, four-stroke Moto2 class for the 17-year-old Briton, a transition that hasn't been helped by a recurring knee problem. After successful treatment on the joint over the past week, Redding is now confident that a top ten finish is possible in front of his home crowd this weekend.

Hector Faubel proved that he's adapting well to the Marc VDS Racing Team's Suter MMX machine with a 12th place finish last time out at Mugello. The 26-year-old Spaniard, from Lliria near Valencia, is looking to break into the top ten this weekend at Silverstone, on a track that will be unfamiliar to everyone in the Moto2 class.

A former wartime airfield, Silverstone is famous for high speed, not just on the straights, but also in the ultra-fast Copse and Woodcote corners. The circuit has been completely revamped for the return of the British Grand Prix after an absence of 24 years. Gone is the tricky Bridge section, replaced by a new section of track known as the Arrowhead that brings the riders back into the infield, in full view of the grandstands. Silverstone could become the fastest track on the Grand Prix calendar this weekend, with the MotoGP riders predicted to lap the 5.902km circuit in just 1'51.5s, at an average speed of 181km/h.

Scott Redding #45
"Silverstone is a big weekend, that's for sure. I've been down and had a look at the track and it's certainly going to be fast, which suits me. Obviously I'll be looking to put in a good performance in front of my home crowd, but I'm not feeling any additional pressure going into this weekend. I had some problems in Mugello with my knee, which was really painful after ten laps or so. This week I've had an MRI scan on the joint and, thankfully, the problem isn't serious. I'll have treatment on the knee over the next few days, but I'm not expecting it to be an issue at Silverstone. Like every race, I'll be pushing as hard as I can to get a good result. With a bit of luck I can hopefully give the British Grand Prix fans something to cheer about next weekend."

Hector Faubel #55
"Silverstone is a new track for everyone, nobody has raced on this circuit before, so we will be starting on a level playing field once again this weekend. I've seen the track layout, and also spoken to people who've seen the circuit, and it looks very fast, with plenty of high-speed corners where you've got to be committed on the throttle. This is a track that I think I will like! We had a reasonable result last time out in Mugello and, hopefully, I can carry this momentum into Silverstone this weekend and come away with my first top ten finish of the season."

-source: marc vds

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