Be Wiser Ducati finish 1-2 in Race 1 at Assen with Scott Redding taking his 8th win of the British Superbike season

After setting a new fastest ever British Superbike lap around the Assen TT circuit during qualifying, Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding lined up for the opening British Superbike race on pole.

A good start saw Redding lead the race with Tommy Bridwell close behind on the Oxford Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R until he slid out of the race after losing the front at Turn 2 on Lap 9.

With two thirds race distance covered, Redding had pulled a 2.5second lead which he doubled as he passed the chequered flag taking his 8th win of the season.

With Bridewell out of the race, Josh Brookes progressed to 2nd where he had some good battles with Buildbase Suzuki’s Luke Stapleford. Brookes ultimately held the position to claim 2nd for a Be Wiser Ducati 1-2 finish.

Bridewell’s fast pace sees him line up for Race 2 on pole, with Redding and Brookes starting from 2nd and 4th respectively. 

Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45) – 1st
“I could see on the TV at the last chicane that Tommy was coming with me. I saw the gap on the board also going up and down, so I know he was pushing a lot and making some mistakes. Maybe hoping for me to get weaker later on, but normally that’s not my case, especially when I’m feeling good on the bike. And then I saw he went down. So, it was just to manage the gap really to the other guys and not do anything stupid. It’s sometimes harder when that happens because you know you can’t make a mistake, it’s almost gifted to you with over a 3 second lead. If you make a mistake you don’t want to go back to the pit box. 

I did my rhythm, got my head down. I was just pretending that Tommy was still behind me and kept putting those laps away to also get me ready for Race 2. The bike was working reasonably well. I was struggling with the front end, something I’ve struggled with all weekend. I think I am pushing the front quite hard around here, so I just need to manage that for Race 2. Keep the bike the same and see what we can pull out.”

Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #25) – 2nd
“The weekend’s been difficult for me. For some reason the typical setup we’ve used regularly hasn’t worked here. Obviously, the track is quite different here, but it’s taken us by surprise. As the weekend’s gone on the team have worked really hard in giving me some confidence. Morning warm up we bridged the gap quite well, but I knew it was still going to be a very difficult race. I’m a few tenths down a lap on the lead. Tommy was riding really well, same as Scott but pushing at that level it’s easy to make a mistake. But clearly, Scott’s riding the best this weekend.”