Scott takes to the podium at Thruxton
Thruxton in Hampshire hosted round seven of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend and saw Be Wiser Ducati riders Scott Redding and Josh Brookes reinforce their championship credentials with a superb performance at Britain’s fastest track.
Local ace Scott had set the pace in qualifying and started race one from pole position from where he battled hard on his debut at the track, but despite an audacious last corner attempt to pass eventual race winner Andrew Irwin, the former GP ace had to settle for second place with Brookes just behind.
Race two saw the first attempt red-flagged due to a passing shower with Brookes and Redding well placed and then the restart was stopped due to an oil-spillage with 2015 BSB champ Brookes leading.
Third time lucky saw the race reduced to eight laps and saw Brookes lead from start to finish as behind him, Scott was involved in a titanic scrap for the podium. However, late in the race, the Gloucestershire ace ran wide at the chicane and the resulting 15-second time penalty relegated him outside the points despite crossing the line in second place.
“The first race today was wicked but with it being my first time here it was quite difficult. Scott ReddingI was trying not to let any of the riders get away and I was trying to manage the tyres so there was a lot going on. I thought I’d timed it right but on the last lap I lost the rear and that meant I couldn’t get a run on Andrew and although I gave it a go around the outside, I had to settle for second. Of course, I’m a bit frustrated with the second race especially as I felt I rode the wheels off the bike over the course of the eight laps. I put eveything on the line at the last corner as the Podium Points are so important so to see I’d got a 15 second penalty at the end of it all was disappointing. I know I went straight on at the chicane, but I let two riders back past me and re-joined at a much-reduced speed, but it is what it is, and I’ve enjoyed the weekend overall.”