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British brigade ready for home weekend

British brigade ready for home weekend

James Toseland was joined by 125cc youngsters Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Danny Webb in London this week ahead of the British Grand Prix.

The now traditional MotoGP visit to London ahead of the British Grand Prix took place on Wednesday with a press conference and photo session, at the British Library near Euston Station, attended by former London resident Jorge Lorenzo, former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden and a quartet of English riders.

The only British participant in the premier class at present, James Toseland, lined up alongside his MotoGP colleagues and the three English teenagers who ride full-time in the 125cc class, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Danny Webb.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Toseland had a home nightmare at Donington on his first appearance there as a MotoGP rider last year, suffering a crash on the first corner and coming home in 17th place. Nonetheless he is upbeat as he prepares for his biggest race of the season, stating, “I want to make amends for last year and I’m really looking forward to it. I have heard that the weather might be a bit more consistent this weekend which will be good for the fans, for the riders and for everyone involved.”

Toseland continued, “I am fully fit for this race and can’t wait to get started, because we have had a mixed season with results. The inconsistency has been frustrating for me and for everyone supporting me, but the potential is there to have a really good result.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Smith, who sits third in the 125cc standings having dropped behind team-mates Julián Simón and Sergio Gadea in Germany when he crashed out at Sachsenring, is aiming to bounce straight back in his own home GP, as the World Championship makes its last visit to Donington before moving on to Silverstone next season.

“There is definitely going to be some sort of emotion around it,” Bancaja Aspar rider Smith commented. “Donington is a great track, a natural track where you are going up and down the hill, that’s the nice part of it. That is the true feeling of Donington. Craner Curves are world famous and such a strange bit of track, but great at the same time. Silverstone is closer to home for me so I will have less of a journey to make! It is also a world-renowned track and the facilities are fantastic. I think the new project and the new circuit they are doing there will really come together well.”

One of Smith’s two regular compatriots in the 125cc category, Scott Redding also suffered a DNF in Germany but would love to repeat his amazing home victory from last year which made him the youngest GP winner of all time. “After the result I got last year I would like to get a similar result this year, top three would be great. We are just trying to get focused, we have been training really hard”, Redding told motogp.com.

The 16 year-old from Gloucestershire continued, “I had a few suspension problems earlier in the year and in recent races we have had some problems with our engine, with getting the bike to last for the whole race. It is a shame that I couldn’t finish the race in Germany because that would have got me well set-up for Donington.”

Danny Webb, a close friend of Redding, is currently undertaking his third full Grand Prix season, with the Degraaf team, and also commented, “Everyone is looking forward to it! We hope for good weather so that we can have a solid weekend, get some good track time and end up with a good result. It is a shame that we are losing Donington from the championship but I am sure that the Silverstone circuit will put on a good show for us. I have heard that it is going to be one of the fastest on the calendar and for me that will be absolutely fantastic because I like the fast corners.”

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MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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