Scott Redding piloted his Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R to his maiden British Superbikes victory during the first of the weekend’s triple-header races at Donington Park on Saturday. His Race 1 win also marked the 50th different winner since the British Superbikes series began.
The dramatic race was initially led by Redding’s Be Wiser Ducati teammate and pole-sitter Josh Brookes, who unfortunately had a premature exit after crashing out on Lap 6.
During an absorbing battle with Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie, Oxford Racing’s Tommy Bridewell made several late brave passes into Roberts corner to move up to the front and to lead for the majority of the race.
But it was Redding who was able to catch and eventually pass the leading group of Bridewell, Mackenzie and Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) to take the chequered flag and his first ever British Superbike race win. Bridewell just missed out on a podium finishing 4th.
Bridewell’s rapid pace in the opening laps during Race 1 saw him line up in pole. Although down to 3rd in the early stages, he soon fought his way back up, battling with Forés and Christain Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad) to once again lead around the Donington Park National circuit. Further back, both of the Be Wiser teammates Josh Brookes and Scott Redding were on a charge and moving up through the field.
As rain started to fall Bridewell put his hand up to notify others, but the race continued, and he was passed by Forés and then Redding. On Lap 18 Redding made a big pass into Roberts to take the lead from the Honda Rider. The continuing rain brought the red flag out and with two-thirds race distance having been covered the result was declared. Redding won his 2nd race on the bounce ahead of Forés. Bridewell bettered his Race 1 result with a podium finish, with Brookes just 0.217s behind him in 4th position.
The final triple-header race saw Redding get his best start of the weekend as he initially led the field around the National circuit before both Forés and then Brookes took turns out at the front. On Lap 9 Redding passed his Be Wiser Ducati teammate to retake the lead.
By half race distance Redding had built up a lead over 3.5 seconds. He went on to take a commanding third win to the delight of his team and fans. Bridewell pulled off a bold last corner move on Mackenzie to claim his consecutive 3rd place and extend his podium credits tally. Brookes rounded out the Top 5, just 2 seconds behind the winner.
Redding’s trio of wins see him power up to the top of the British Superbikes Championship standings with a total 115 points. Bridewell is 2nd with 109 and Brookes 4th with 74
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45) - Race 1, 2 & 3, - 1st “It feels great. I voiced it before the weekend that if I’m going to do it, I need to do it here. And the [first] win just felt phenomenal for me out there. It’s been coming and waiting for a long time and now I’ve got it, it feels like a lot of weight off my shoulder and I feel much better now…
I feel like I've progressed a lot over these 3 days. I've learnt a lot. The team's been absolutely mega. They've filled me with a lot of confidence and that's something that I've missed. Now I really feel back to the Scott Redding that I was and I want to continue this form. No doubt it's going to be difficult coming to tracks I don't know but we just need to damage limitation and excel when we can."
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #25) - Race 1, DNF – Race 2, 4th – Race 3, 5th “Finishing in fourth and fifth isn’t what we go racing for and the results have been disappointing today. Everything felt like it was going to plan in the first race and I was catching the leaders but just after mid-race, I lost both grip and a bit of performance with the bike whilst I also eased off a bit more than some of the other riders when the rain began to fall. In the second race, I got sucked in a bit when I was in the draft of Scott and made a mistake going into the chicane which obviously lost me a lot of time. After that it was damage limitation so the results, for me personally, have been less than acceptable so we’ve got some work to do ahead of the next round.”
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing #46) – Race 1, 4th – Race 2 & £, 2nd “I've got to be happy because we led some races and we were there for the fight for the win. This weekend, Scott, and to be fair Xavi, I kind of knew they'd be strong here. We're going to Brands next though and that will definitely be a big, big different story.”