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Redding makes it two as final round beckons

Sunday, October 06 2019

It was another delectable double for Bennetts British Superbike Championship leader Scott Redding at Donington Park this afternoon, taking two decisive wins to increase his lead at the top of the table in the penultimate round of the season.

MotoGP convert Redding, who's aiming for a debut Bennetts BSB title before heading to the Superbike World Championship for 2020, took the win from his Be Wiser Ducati teammate Josh Brookes and Oxford Racing Ducati's Tommy Bridewell. The three riders will now battle it out for the title at Brands Hatch later this month.

The race stalled on lap two for a safety car due to gravel on the track, with Brookes leading Redding. But the championship leader employed an ususual tactic to keep his tyres warm, dropping back and pushing through some corners - and it appeared to pay off.

He soon took the lead after the restart, with Bridewell briefly edging ahead of Brookes before a huge save pushed him back to third.

Redding said: "I'm not the sharpest knife in the box but sometimes I have some good ideas that sometimes work.  I kind-of backed up, I left many many seconds between myself and Josh then I pushed through some corners to make temperature and it worked."

Redding and Brookes then played cat and mouse to the chequered flag, maintaining a consistent gap for the last few laps before Brookes pushed hard  to close the deficit, but it wasn't enough to take the win.

Afterwards Redding said a problem with his gear shifter meant he couldn't maintain the gap to the finish, but he had enough pace to take the win.

"Fair play to Josh, he did push me a lot more in race two, and we'll have to see what happens when we get to Brands," he said.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two result: 

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.513s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +5.316s
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +9.420s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +11.916s
  6. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +12.014s
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.560s
  8. Xavi Fores (Honda Racing) +12.736s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +14.603s
  10. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +15.302s 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 645
  2. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 617
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 580
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 559
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 538
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 530

The series finale is at Brands Hatch in two weeks' time (18-20 October) with three races on the full Grand Prix circuit plus a busy support line-up including the final of the ever-popular British Sidecars. For more details and to book, click here.