Josh Brookes, led Be Wiser Ducati teammate and pole setter Scott Redding into Redgate in this opening Showdown race at Donington Park. By the end of Lap 2 Brad Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) had suffered a technical fault allowing Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell to move up into 4th.
As the race progressed Redding was able to move into the lead, while Brookes lost ground after being squeezed out at Starkey’s by Tyco BMW Motorrad’s Christian Iddon with Bridewell capitalising to take another position, before going on to take 2nd shortly after.
By half-race distance Redding had built up a 2.5s lead over Bridewell. That gap came down as drops of rain fell briefly towards the latter stages, but Redding was able to control the race from the front, going on to post the fastest lap of the race on Lap 18 with a time of 1:29.639.
Redding raced on to make it 3 out of 3 Showdown wins, extending his championship lead to 23 points. Bridewell crossed the finish line 2 seconds later, with Brookes claiming 3rd a further 5 seconds down the road to make it an all-Ducati podium for the third time this season.
Redding will start Race 2 from pole once again, while Bridewell lines up on the front row in 3rd with Brookes just behind in 4th.
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45) – 1st
“I was very relaxed riding and I didn’t expect that so early on, it normally comes later in the race for me. I was leading, had done a lot of laps on my own this weekend, and was happy out front. I saw the gap just increasing then the rain came. Obviously last time here it rained I managed to pip a win out of it, and I thought I didn’t want that done to me. I had to take caution for a couple of laps to see what was happening. I saw Tommy was coming, and knew I had to put the hammer down. We set the fastest lap and I managed to control the gap again. I would like to say thanks to my team for making the bike very easy and comfy for me to ride. I’m happy.”
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati #46) – 2nd
“Yeah, I had a go! I felt more relaxed this weekend to be honest and I’m happy. I don’t like finishing second, but I dug in. And the bottom line is a little shop from Winchester is taking on the factory teams. We had limited track time because of the weather. It’s only down to my feedback, my data so we’re always that step behind when these guys have always got two lots of data to bounce off each-other, it doesn’t magnify quite as much. So, credit to the Oxford Racing Ducati team to get me here because it wasn’t easy and when you look at the big picture it’s still a good achievement. We’ll keep fighting, make some good bold changes for Race 2 to get me that bit happier and see what we can do then.”
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #25) – 3rd
“I felt like the bike should have been in a good area. I genuinely felt confident I could’ve put a strong race to Scott, but something was missing. I need to try and understand it a bit clearer. During qualifying we only ran the minimum amount of fuel, so maybe the full tank for the race distance has upset the settings. Normally it wouldn’t have been that crucial. I feel like we’re missing something that’s for sure. Unfortunately, that was the best I could do, and it wasn’t good enough so we’ll have to look at what we can do for the next one.”