Scott crowned BSB 2019 champion at thrilling Brands Hatch triple-header
Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding was crowned 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Champion Scott Reddingfollowing a consistent performance at the final triple-header round at Brands Hatch this weekend.
The 26 year old from Quedgeley in Gloucestershire edged out Australian Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes to become the first ever rookie to win the BSB title following three calculated podium finishes to add to his 11 wins, sealing the title by five points as a result.
The former MotoGP rider, who moves into the World Superbike Championship with Ducati next season, took a second place and a brace of thirds to secure the title over two days of fine and dry weather at the Kent circuit and in front of another massive crowd.
The results saw Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team clinch their seventh BSB title and first ever one-two on their way to dominating the series with 21 wins from the 27 races. During the year, they secured no less than seven one-two finishes to be confirmed as worthy champions.
After their first and third place finishes on Saturday, the two riders followed that up with a bruising final lap to claim a thrilling first and second in Brookes’ favour in the second encounter to set up a thrilling finale.
The final race of the season saw both riders start from the front row once more with Scott needing just a fifth-place finish to take his maiden BSB crown. Brookes again grabbed the lead off the line and ultimately led from start to finish to take his 49th career win to elevate him to the third most successful rider in BSB history.
“After a few lean years, we came here to try and win the championship and we did it! It means so much to me to win this and I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support and Scott Reddingit feels so good to have so many people behind me. I had a small problem in today’s second race and had to be so gentle on the bike and simply concentrated on finishing in third. In the first race today, I felt really comfortable and felt I could have a go at winning as that’s always my goal so I had a go on the last lap although I knew Josh would come straight back at me. The last thing I wanted to do was crash and I was very mindful of the fact I needed to finish so took the second place. I’m over the moon to have won the BSB Championship and we’re going to have a big party tonight!”