After an unfortunate Saturday, Scott Redding ends the season in second place
The Saturday of Estoril started with a dramatic Superpole that saw first Scott Redding and then Jonathan Rea crash in the very first laps. After dominating all the free practice sessions, Scott crashed in the first lap of the Superpole due to a frightening high side. Despite the serious delay in transporting the bike back to the garage, his mechanics performed a real miracle by putting him in a position to get back on track again. Unfortunately, only for a handful of seconds the British rider was unable to cross the finish line before the checkered flag and was forced to start from the last position on the grid.
Scott tried to push hard, recovering 8 positions in the first two laps. On lap six, when he was in eleventh position, he, unfortunately, had to abandon the race due to a technical problem.
The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will return to race tomorrow at 12 noon (CET) in the Superpole Race with the aim of further reducing the disadvantage against Kawasaki (19 points) to assault the constructors’ title in Race-2, the last event of the 2020 WorldSBK season.
DNF – Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
“As I said at the beginning of this weekend, I came to Portugal to give everything. I was the fastest in all the sessions and the feeling with the bike was excellent. Unfortunately, I crashed in Superpole: it was a very strange crash and we will have to understand why. It was a shame that the bike came back to the garage so late. My team did an incredible job but I missed a few more seconds to try at least one time attack. In the race, there was a technical problem but starting from the last position it was really difficult to do something important. I want to congratulate Jonathan. It was a great battle, with a lot of respect. I will try again next season. I know I can do it. I never give up”.