Scott Redding claimed a podium in his maiden BSB race while Tommy Bridewell leaves Silverstone as top Ducati rider and 3rd in the championship after a strong couple of races.
After starting from 3rd on the grid, Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) ran with the leading group of riders in and was prepared to get his first British Superbike race under his belt and settle for a 4th place finish. But he was gifted a podium finish when Tarran Mackenzie had a coming together with his McAMS Yamaha teammate Jason O’Halloran in a last corner move, putting the Australian in the gravel and out of the race. Despite Mackenzie crossing the chequered flag first, a subsequent 3 second time penalty saw the race win go to Josh Elliot (OMG Racing Suzuki), with Redding finishing 3rd, 4 seconds behind the winner.
Completing the all new Be Wiser Ducati rider line-up is Josh Brookes, who had started from 18th after retiring from Q1. A great start saw him in 12th on his opening lap, but he was forced to retire from the race whilst running up in 8th.
Tommy Bridewell finished Race 1 in a strong 5th, a testament to the hard work the Moto Rapido Oxford Racing team were forced to do after a big non-fault crash on Friday.
Brixx Ducati’s Sylvain Barrier, who has had limited time onboard his Panigale V4 R, finished in 17th just behind Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray.
The second British Superbike race of the afternoon was one to forget for the Be Wiser Ducati team after Scott Redding crashed after Honda’s Andrew Irwin made contact at Turn 5. By 2/3 race distance Brookes was running strongly in 6th only for a technical fault to rule him out of the race again, ending a frustrating weekend for the Australian.
Tommy Bridewell had lined up in 15th and made several passes onboard his Panigale V4 R, to go one better than Race 1 and cross the chequered flag in 4th, just 2.257s behind the winner.
Sylvain Barrier also had an improved result and finished just outside the points in 16th. This round has been a good starting point for the Brixx Ducati team who will now build on their performance having gained valuable experience and data.
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45) – Race 1, 3rd, Race 2 - DNF
"I was obviously happy to take the podium in the first race, but it wasn’t a deserved one as the three riders in front of me had more pace. To be honest, I didn’t expect the pace to be so quick at the beginning, but I hung in as best I could. It was disappointing to be taken down in race two and I’m very sore, but I should be OK for Oulton Park. Despite that, what a fantastic reception I got from the BSB race fans, it was quite emotional so thanks to them all for that. We now have a test at Oulton and need to work on a few issues and hopefully see some improved results at the next round."
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #25) – Race 1, DNF, Race 2 - DNF
"There’s not a lot I can say about today other than it’s obviously disappointing to come away with no points, but I wasn’t alone as Jason O’Halloran was another rider to have strong rides only to come away with two DNFs. That’s the nature of racing and you can have as many good weekends as bad ones so it’s a shame for the whole team that we didn’t finish either race. I think we showed the pace we have when everything’s going well, and we’re all motivated to do well as we know what potential we have but sometimes things happen that are out of our control. We’ve shown that we’re competitive against the other teams and know there’s plenty more to come so we’ll just forget about this weekend and look ahead to the next one."
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing #46) – Race 1, 5th / Race 2, 4th
"This weekend has been up and down. Getting taken out on Friday didn’t help us but ultimately, we ended the weekend in a very strong position. The bike was working fantastic. The only place was the last corner where we were losing. Bar that, we had good strong pace. It’s something to work on. We come away from here now 3rd in the championship which is a very big positive because this isn’t the best place for me. So, to do that is very, very positive and an outstanding job by the team, by everyone who has supported us and the support from Ducati. It was a big expense Friday, the damage that was caused, so to bounce back to this I’m happy to repay everyone for their effort and work. Move on to Oulton test and then on to the races and I hope it should suit us a little better there, for my riding style it’s a little bit better for sure. "
Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Ducati #20) – Race 1, 17th / Race 2, 16th
"The team, as you could see in the test, work very well together. I'm happy and Barry the team owner is very happy also and I think all the team is happy with what we have done. We just need some more time. It's the 4th time on this bike and to be this close to the others is quite nice. We just need to keep our head down and to continue to work. Really happy. The Ducati is the best bike I have ever been on. It's turning so nice, we just need to - between the rear grip, the slide, the movement on the front - find a good comprise. And when we get all this working all together, we'll be really competitive."