Moto2 got the crowd fired up for a terrific day of racing at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix weekend.
Scott Redding showed why he is the championship leader with a controlled and fairly dominant run, bar some tussling with Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi at the midway point, to take a historic win as the first from Britain to win the intermediate class since Tom Herron’s 1976 win at the Isle of Man.
|Historic and rousing – Redding wins! Photo Marc VDS
The Marc VDS man shrugged off competition from Italtrans rider Nakagami, who after some position swapping settled for second for the third weekend in a row ahead of Interwetten Paddock’s Tom Luthi for his second consecutive podium, signalling his return to form.
Fourth was taken by Tuenti HP 40 rider Tito Rabat, who tried but just couldn’t catch the lead trio, ahead of Dominique Aegerter who enjoyed his 27th consecutive points finish.
Sixth across the line was Marc VDS’s second bike, piloted by Mika Kallio. Next to finish was Johann Zarco, who gave title hopeful Pol Espargaro plenty to think about with a big battle for position, handing even more advantage to Redding and making a difficult weekend for the Spaniard even worse.
Ninth and tenth respectively were the NGM Forward Racing bikes of Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini, with eleventh and twelfth going to former lightweight class champions Nico Terol and Julian Simon.
The remaining points went to Aspar’s Jordi Torres in 13th, NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider Alex De Angelis in 14th and inaugural Moto2 champion Toni Elias taking the final point for Blusens in 15th.
Brit Danny Kent finished 18thafter a tough weekend while wild-card Gino Rea fell right at the end of the race.
Moto3 had to wait ’til last but was just as action packed with Luis Salom back to his old tricks, leaving it to the closing laps to make his move for victory aboard his Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Joining hm on the podium were the Estrella Galicia team of Alex Rins, who remained competitive despite seeming to have some bike issues and Alex Marquez who took his second podium finish.
This meant that though the podium was still all KTM and Spanish, it did not feature Maverick Vinales for the first time this season, the Team Calvo rider lead the race but ended up fourth.
Fifth went to the Mahindra of Miguel Oliveira the first non-KTM rider to cross the line after battling past Jonas Folger in sixth for Aspar (Kalex KTM) and the top Honda of Jack Miller in seventh.
Alexis Masbou took eighth ahead of Jakub Kornfeil in ninth the second Mahindra of Efren Vazquez in tenth and a busy Isaac Vinales in eleventh.
Romano Fenati improved to 12thfor San Carlo Team Italia just in front of fellow Italian Niccolo Antonelli in 13th, the final points went to Brit John McPhee in 14th and Niklas Ajo who after a strong start dropped to 15th.
Racing Steps wild-card Kyle Ryde finished 27th, Wayne Ryan crashed after getting tangled with other riders in the opening stages.
Moto2 Silverstone Top 15:
1. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 38m 22.897s
2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 38m 23.963s
3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 38m 24.067s
4. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 38m 24.324s
5. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 38m 25.123s
6. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 38m 31.039s
7. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 38m 35.043s
8. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 38m 36.125s
9. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 38m 38.059s
10. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 38m 38.122s
11. Nicolas Terol SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 38m 43.631s
12. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 38m 45.250s
13. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 38m 48.554s
14. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 38m 48.891s
15. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 38m 51.797s
Moto3 Silverstone Top 15:
1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 17.291s
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 17.340s
3. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 17.989s
4. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 18.140s
5. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 37.852s
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 37.916s
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 38m 37.922s
8. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 38m 38.173s
9. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 38m 42.261s
10. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 42.579s
11. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 38m 42.892s
12. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 38m 42.975s
13. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 38m 43.903s
14. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 38m 45.893s
15. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 51.436s