Scott takes double victory at Donington
Fresh from his double victory at Assen two weeks ago, Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding took up where he left off with another pair of victories at the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park today.
Having taken pole position aboard the factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R for the fifth time this season, the 26 year old from Gloucester romped to his 10th win of the season in the opening encounter before claiming win number 11 later in the afternoon to make him unbeaten in the title-deciding Showdown to lead the series by 28 points going into the final round.
Despite wet weather being forecast, there were dry and bright conditions for the first 20-lap race and both Scott and teammate Josh Brookes made a great start to the race with Josh leading on the opening lap as Scott settled in behind him. Positions stayed the same until the third lap when former MotoGP rider Redding hit the front as Brookes got shuffled back to fourth
Scott took full advantage of the clear track and with a succession of quick laps, he opened up a three-second lead by half race distance. No sooner had he done so than spots of rain began to fall and he eased his pace but when the rain went away, he quickly got back into his stride and with the fastest lap of the race he pulled away again to take his tenth win of the season with 2015 BSB champion Brookes in third to claim the final podium position.
Scott started the second race from pole position once more with Brookes in fourth, but it was Brookes who grabbed the lead after making a brilliant start. The race was only three laps old when the safety car came out due to gravel being dragged onto the circuit but on lap six racing resumed whereby Scott immediately overtook Brookes. By half race distance, he had opened up a two-second lead, but Brookes put in a succession of fastest laps to close to within half a second to set up a nail-biting finish.
However, Scott was able to keep his teammate at bay to make it four wins from four starts in the Showdown and in doing so, claimed the Penrith-based team’s fifth 1-2 of the season.
“I felt comfortable in race one, so I was able to manage everything quite well. I felt settled leading the race but when a few spots of rain began to fall, I eased off a bit as I didn’t want to get caught Scott Reddingout. When it became clear the rain had stopped, I was able to set the fastest lap of the race and pull away again, so it worked out well in the end. The second race was tricky too as I had a problem with the gear-shifter which meant the bike was pushing me wide into the corners. Josh upped his pace too, which I knew he would, and the gap came down, so I was pleased to bring the bike home and get the double.”