Front Row For Scott Redding At Silverstone
The Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team of Scott Redding and Josh Brookes endured contrasting fortunes in Datatag Extreme Qualifying for round one of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this afternoon with Scott taking an excellent third place but Brookes back in 18th after a technical issue forced him out early on in proceedings.
In glorious conditions, the duo enjoyed strong performances across the three free practice sessions on the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R to head into the Datatag Extreme Qualifying this afternoon with Brookes second fastest and Scott in sixth.
Former MotoGP rider Scott flew the flag for the Penrith-based team whilst his teammate suffered technical issues, and a time of 54.051s saw him post the second quickest time in Q1 and comfortably make it through to Q2 where he promptly went quicker still around the 1.64-mile National circuit at 53.974s.
That gave him the fifth quickest time and meant he joined eight other riders in the final eight-minute Q3 session which would determine grid positions for tomorrow’s first 30-lap race. He duly strung together a succession of quick laps with his best time of 53.607s seeing him claim third place and the final spot on the front row, just 0.058s off pole position on his BSB debut.
“I’m overwhelmed to be on the front row and although I really wanted pole position for the first BSB race of the season, that may have been a bit over-ambitious. The three-part qualifying session is different to what I’m used to, and I got stuck in traffic a bit which was frustrating, but I managed to get some clear track and made a big step with my lap times. It’s also a bit of a juggling act with the tyres but third place and the front row for my first BSB race is superb and full credit to the team who have been working really well right from the word go. I’m glad to get my first qualifying session under my belt and can now look forward to the two races.”