Fresh from his maiden Bennetts British Superbike Championship victory at Donington Park Scott Reddingyesterday, Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding swept to two more sensational race wins today to make it an unprecedented treble and in doing so, swept to the top of the championship standings following round three of the series.
The former MotoGP rider took two dominant wins on the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R whilst team-mate Josh Brookes couldn’t manage a repeat of his Oulton Park double earlier in the month and after a race one crash, bounced back with fourth and fifth positions to maintain his top six position in the championship standings.
Unlike Saturday, where they started from first and second on the grid, today’s first race saw the duo line up on the third row whilst conditions were also different with cooler temperatures and frequent rain showers. Brookes made the better start with Redding further down the order but by half distance, they were both inside the top four.
26-year-old Redding continued his progress to the front and was in the lead when the race was stopped prematurely due to the rain meaning he claimed his second victory with 36-year-old Australian Brookes crossing the line in fourth.
Both riders were back on the front row for the third and final race of the weekend with Redding starting from second and Brookes third and it wasn’t long before they were both circulating at the front with 2015 champion Brookes leading the way. However, Redding was getting into his stride and took the lead before pulling away from the rest of the field to take his third win of the weekend. Brookes, meanwhile, made a mistake going into Robert’s Chicane on lap 15 and it dropped him back to fifth which he maintained to the flag.
The result means Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team are unbeaten in the last five BSB races going into round four at Brands Hatch in three weeks’ time.
Scott Redding: “I made it difficult again for myself in the first race today and dropping back down the order wasn’t ideal but the bike’s been working so well all weekend and my old style’s started to come back, so I was able to work my way forward. When the rain started to fall, I knew it wouldn’t be long before the red flag came out, so I tried to be as clean as possible and get to the front which I managed to do. Getting my second win felt great so to go on to complete the hat-trick made it an incredible weekend. I never expected the three wins but in the last race I was determined not to make a mess of the start and getting the lead early was just what I wanted. The team have been mega and have given me a lot of confidence so I want to maintain this form now as best I can.”
Josh Brookes: "Finishing in fourth and fifth isn’t what we go racing for and the results have been Brookes & Reddingdisappointing 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.”
Johnny Mowatt, Team Co-ordinator: “It’s been a phenomenal weekend for Scott and to come away with three wins and the championship lead is simply superb. The confidence he gained from his win yesterday could be seen today and he took two brilliant wins. It’s taken him a bit of time to find his feet in the championship, with the bike and with the tyres but he’s showing now the reasons why we hired him and also what a class act he is. Josh is beating himself up a bit and I think the crash on Saturday knocked his confidence a bit which is obviously understandable. It took a bit off his lap times today, but he took two top five finishes and is still comfortably in the top six in the standings so I’m sure he’ll bounce back at Brands Hatch which has traditionally been one of his best circuits.”