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Home Heroes: The British are coming

Home Heroes: The British are coming

Britain have not had a World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977, but home fans have a lot to cheer about in 2015.

The MotoGP™ World Championship features three full time British riders in the premier class: Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) and Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing). All three have seen past success having claimed podiums in MotoGP™ and the smaller classes. Silverstone will be a soecial race for them all as it is their one chance in the season to race in front of their home fans.

Of the trio Bradley Smith is having the best 2015, he has finished the majority of races as the top satellite rider and sits fifth in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings. Smith’s best finish in the MotoGP™ class at the British GP is a ninth in 2013, his first year in the championship. The lightweight classes produced two home podiums for Smith, a third in the 2010 125cc race and a hard fought second in 2011 when he stepped up to Moto2™. This Moto2™ podium saw him fight through the field from 28th on the grid to wow the thousands of home fans.

Cal Crutchlow has had a difficult 2015, he finished on the podium in Argentina but has also failed to finish on four occasions. Since joining the MotoGP™ championship in 2011 Crutchlow’s best British Grand Prix finish has been a sixth in 2012, much like Smith this came after a heroic charge through the field from 20th. Many of Crutchlow’s home races have been hindered by big crashes during practice, but the Brit always digs deep and overcomes the pain barrier on race day earning himself the title of ‘Lion Heart’ amongst fans and commentators alike.

During his time in Moto2™ Scott Redding was always able to produce something extra with the home crowd cheering him on, producing two podiums and never finishing lower than fifth while racing in the intermediate class. 2013 saw Redding take the Moto2™ win, resplendent in a custom Union Jack livery. Back in 2008, Redding took his first win in the World Championship at just 15 years and 170 days old in the British Grand Prix making him the youngest ever race winner.

The smaller classes also swell with British success, Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) leads the Moto3™ World Championship and John McPhee (SAXOPRINT-RTG) who took a podium finish in Indianapolis. Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) in Moto2™ also flies the flag for Britain, have been a front-runner in the class all season. Kent is well on his way to becoming Britain’s first champion since Sheene and the future looks bright for British riders.

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MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Bradley Smith, Sam Lowes, Cal Crutchlow, Danny Kent, Scott Redding

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