Scott Redding repeated his Race 1 result by stepping back onto the top step at Donington Park again this afternoon.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider started from pole once again, but it was his teammate Josh Brookes who got a scorching start from the second row of the grid to take the lead into Redgate.
Action was soon put on pause after Billy McConnell (OMG Racing Suzuki) crashed at the Esses, subsequently covering the track with gravel. The safety car came out for a brief period, but on the restart, Brookes ran wide at Redgate. Redding and Oxford Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell pounced to take 1st and 2nd place respectively.
On Lap 8, Bridewell had a moment and Josh was able to retake a position to move into 2nd going into the Melbourne Loop.
Brookes put in some fast laps towards the end of the race to catch his teammate but once again Redding was able to control the pace at the front to take the chequered flag for the second time today.
Brookes crossed the line just half a second later, with Bridewell taking 3rd for another all-Ducati podium.
Redding now heads into the final Showdown round of the year at Brands Hatch with a total of 645 points and a 28-point margin over teammate Brookes. Bridewell is further 37 points behind in 3rd position in the championship standings, with a maximum of 75 points up for grabs at the triple-header finale.
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45) – 1st
“The race was pretty good for me, I had a small problem with the gear shifter and I missed many gears and it was probably why the gap was going up and down, Josh was breathing down my neck, it was 1.2 and he was always there. Fair play to Josh he really pushed me in race 2 and we will have to see what happens when we get to Brands.”
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #25) –2nd
“I always give it everything I have, the second race was a a lot better for me today , so I was able to put a better performance together. Sometimes it is easier to chase than lead, I did enjoy trying to catch Scott but his performance has been superior to mine all weekend. I have to accept that and that is the disappointing thing of the weekend, normally you would be pleased with a podium finish but when you are trying to win a championship you have got to perform better. I am a little bit hazy to understand the gap, but I need to be doing better than I am.”
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati #46) – 3rd
“With the weather this weekend it wasn’t easy not just for me but for everyone, I couldn’t quite get the sweet spot with the bike and I didn’t feel amazing with it to be honest, credit to the team, we still managed to pull it out the bag for a couple of podiums. Certain parts of the circuit I felt strong and other parts we were just losing too much. Credit to the these two guys they put a strong race together and I had a good dig at trying to keep up, but I just didn’t quite have enough. We had to bring it home for 3rd (race 2) which is disappointing for sure but in the grand scheme of things its good enough, we will move on to Brands in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to that one. Thanks for the Oxford Racing Ducati team for doing a good job.”