The twelfth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship 2014, the British Grand Prix which will take place this weekend at the historic Silverstone circuit is a special event for the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini young rookie, Scott Redding, who will be racing for the first time riding a MotoGP bike in front of his home crowd.Redding, winner last year of the Moto2 race at Silvestone, heads to England after two strong performances: winner of the Open class in Indianapolis, Scott confirmed himself in Brno as the fastest rider aboard the “Production Racer” Honda RCV1000R, a goal that he will try to achieve once again in his home race.His teammate, Alvaro Bautista, has worked hard in the post-race test at Brno in an attempt to solve the rear grip issues which affected him in the last races: together with the Showa techincians, the Spaniard found a suspension setting that allowed him to take a step forward, therefore he will start the Silverstone weekend with this new configuration, confident of being able to return competitive on a track where he got the pole position in 2012 and claimed the fifth place last year.
ALVARO BAUTISTA “Silverstone is a great track, where we have always shown good performances: in 2012 I got the pole position, while last year I was in the top five. Right now we are struggling a lot because of a lack of rear grip, but we are confident that the suspension and set-up solutions we tried during the Monday post-race test at Brno, which I will use in this Grand Prix, can help us to find the right way to return to a good level of competitiveness”.
SCOTT REDDING “Everyone always asks me if your home race is special and of course it is: it’s the only time in the season I get to race in front of my home crowd, whose support has been so important during my career in 125 and Moto2. It was incredible to stand on the top step of the podium for the first time ever at the British Grand Prix in 2008, and last year was equally special taking the win in front of a massive crowd wearing red, white and blue leathers aboard a bike with a huge union flag on the sides. Coming round after the chequered flag and seeing everyone in the stands on their feet clapping and cheering was an unbelievable experience. Now I’m going to race the MotoGP bike at home for the first time, and I can’t wait. It will be a tough weekend, because Silverstone is a power track and power is something we’re down on compared to other bikes. But, like always, I’ll be pushing as hard as I can and I hope I can put in a good performance in front of my home crowd”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Racing in front of your home crowd is always an extra motivation for a rider and at Silverstone it will be like that for Scott, no doubt: the English fans have always supported him very closely and we hope that this can give him the right energy to get another good result after the performance shown both in Indianapolis and in Brno. The target with him remains the same: to do our best in order to be the fastest among the Open Class ‘Production Racer’ machines. As for Bautista, during the test carried out after the race in Czech Republic we found something positive: the team is working really hard to find a solution to the rear grip issues and now we look forward to the response of the first free practice on Friday to see if we are on the right path”.