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MotoGP Silverstone: Second for Redding in Moto2 thriller

Britain's Scott Redding edged out Marc Marquez to stand on the Moto2 podium at Silverstone's MotoGP round this morning after a tooth-and-nail scrap which went down to the last corner.

Redding went underneath the Spaniard through the new-ish arrowhead section of the Northamptonshire track on the final lap but Marquez used his weight advantage to blast past on Hangar Straight.

Redding was back underneath the MotoGP rider-elect at Vale before riding around the outside through Club as Marquez tried the inside line to cross the line 0.059s ahead of Marquez.


The result equals Redding's career best in the class and was an incredible performance given he has a 20kg weight disadvantage over the tiny Marquez and the equally petite Pol Espargaro who ran away with the win after he passed the pair at half-distance.

Bradley Smith led through the first corner as he rode round the outside of Espargaro with Redding in close attendance but the second Brit was having none of it, barging past the Spaniard for second as Smith started to pull a gap in three corners.

Redding was soon on his tail and then Smith looked to have a problem on corner entry as he ran wide several times. The Oxfordshire rider then slowly slid down the order, had a mid-race rally, but lost out to Claudio Corti on the final lap to come home in seventh.

At the sharp end, Redding was battling with Espargaro, Marquez and Andrea Iannone for the lead and held it until lap seven when he was busted down to third by Esparago and then Marquez in quick succession. He gathered his thoughts and, with six laps to go, went past Marquez at Village.

But the pair's scrapping allowed Espargaro to pull away. Marquez more than once used his lack of weight to slide by Redding on Hangar Straight, only for the Gloucestershire man to come back on the brakes into Stowe.

The real scrap commenced on lap 18 with Redding coming out the victor. His 20-point haul boosts his title chances, especially given Thomas Luthi could only muster eighth behind Smith.

Gino Rea made a bright start, getting up to tenth on the first lap but he was shuffled back down 24th on a bike he has only ridden a handful of times.

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