Cadwell results see Scott clinch place in final BSB Showdown
Yesterday’s results at Cadwell Park see Scott Redding seal his place as a Title Fighter in the BSB series deciding Showdown.
At the same time, teammate Josh Brookes took over the championship lead from Scott who, despite only taking a solitary finish of fourth on the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R from the two races, also clinched his place in the Showdown in his debut season for Paul Bird’s Lake District-based team.
Starting from first and fourth on the grid for race one, the duo had differing fortunes at the start of the first 18-lap race as although Josh immediately grabbed the lead, Scott dropped back to tenth. Brookes led for the first half of the race but his lead was never more than two tenths of a second and on lap 11, Danny Buchan overhauled him to eventually take the win with Josh successfully holding off Tommy Bridewell to take second place to add to his Podium Points tally.
Former GP star Redding, meanwhile, steadily worked his way through the field and despite overtaking being difficult around the narrow 2.18-mile circuit, he managed to take a fine fourth place at the chequered flag, just missing out on another podium finish.
In front of one of the largest crowds seen at Cadwell in many years, race two saw Redding start from second place on the grid with former BSB champion Brookes two places further back in fourth but Redding only got as far as lap two when his race came to an abrupt end after colliding with another rider at Park Corner, fortunately without injury.
Brookes, meanwhile, slotted into second place behind Tommy Bridewell before hitting the front at half-distance from where he went on to take his sixth win of the year to up his overall tally to 45 career BSB wins and his fifth at Cadwell Park. Claiming additional silverware, the Aussie was also crowned the Monster Energy ‘King of the Mountain for his combined results, which is appropriate for the rider who has traditionally flown highest over the infamous jump at the Lincolnshire track.
With 12 wins out of the 17 races so far this season and both riders running first and second in the title race, now that they have secured their place in the Showdown, the emphasis turns to the triple-header round nine at Oulton Park over the weekend of September 6/8 where both Brookes (40) and Redding (38) will look to add to their valuable Podium Points totals in the three races.
“The important thing this weekend is that I’ve clinched my place in the Showdown which was the aim at the beginning of the year so we now need to go to the next round at Oulton Park and get some good Podium Points especially as it’s a triple header. What happened in today’s second race is just one of those things in racing and we just have to move on. The disappointing thing is that it was the same rider that knocked me off at Silverstone earlier this year and that’s what makes it even more disappointing and frustrating. The good thing is that I didn’t get injured so I can look forward now to Oulton Park which is a circuit we’ve already been to this year.”