Redding ready to hit high notes in MotoGP

Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:29pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - British rider Scott Redding is delighted his home MotoGP race is returning to Silverstone this year and hopes to celebrate on the podium in August.

"It's a pretty good circuit. I'd say I'm pretty happy to go back there," the 22-year-old, who won at Silverstone in Moto2 in 2013, told Reuters at the London Motorcycle Show on Friday.

Silverstone was confirmed this week as host for the next two years after a deal between the as-yet unbuilt Circuit of Wales and Donington Park fell through and left the race's future in doubt.

Redding, who became the youngest ever grand prix winner when he won the British 125cc Grand Prix at the age of 15 at Donington in 2008, raced for the Italian Gresini Honda team last year but has switched to the Belgian-based Marc VDS Honda outfit for 2015.

The move means he will be on a factory specification Honda RC213V that will be quicker than the 'open class' bike he had last year and that was no match for the works teams.

"My bike this year can actually win races. Last year my bike just physically couldn't win a race," said Redding after an appearance for motorcycle insurance specialists Bennetts.

"I'm definitely more motivated this year because I know the bike can win races. It's up to me to do the work and build up myself and try and get some top five results.

"I had some good results last year but they were good results for the bike," added Redding. "The only reason I got higher up was if some people crashed, a lucky result almost. So I want to be really fighting with the top guys at some point this season."   Continued...