Welcome to London … sorry about your hearing! In the two videos below, Honda’s reigning MotoGP champ and current points leader, Marc Marquez, rides his factory bike across the Millennium Bridge, and then proceeds to lay down a huge, smokey burnout (you will notice the difficulty he has breaking the rear tire loose with only 250 bhp … ha ha). Not sure whether those observers at the end of the bridge will ever be able to hear normally, again. A MotoGP bike at close range is far louder than your typical rock concert.
The occasion, of course, is this weekend’s MotoGP race at Silverstone. Marquez has won an amazing 10 of 11 races so far this year (the first 10 in a row).
We thought “silly season” was over, but Gresini Honda rider Scott Redding is threatening to leave the team despite a two-year deal that should see him through the 2015 season. Gresini promised Redding a full factory Honda in his second season, but is apparently having trouble raising the funds necessary to make the bike available to the young Brit. Redding has flatly stated he will not spend another year aboard an Open bike fighting for scraps. If he can’t have a full factory ride next year, he will sit out.
Despite how late it is, many options appear open to Redding. He has ridden the underpowered Open class Honda superbly in his rookie MotoGP year, and he narrowly lost the 2013 Moto2 championship to Pol Espargaro, another exciting rookie in MotoGP. Ducati, for instance, has already contacted Redding’s manager to indicate it is interested should Redding defect from the Honda camp.