Sunday comeback sees Scott just off the podium at Donington
Scott Redding bounced back from the disappointment of the Superpole Race: he got close to the podium in Race-2, at the end of a stubborn comeback that saw him recover 7 positions.
Rain fell on the circuit, although not intensely, shortly before the start of the race. All the riders chose the intermediate tires while Scott Redding took the risk of racing with the rain tires. The English rider’s choice turned out to be wrong: after the first laps his gap with the leading group increased heavily, forcing him to close in 18th position.
Forced to start from the 11th position, from the third lap Scott Redding began to push with determination. Between the 5th and 7th lap, the English rider overtook Lowes (Kawasaki), Van Der Mark (Yamaha), and Haslam (Honda) to chase for the podium.
After Rea’s (Kawasaki) crash Redding was able, lap after lap, to close the gap with Sykes; he started the last lap with only 4 tenths of a second gap. Scott tried to attack his compatriot but he eventually settled for fourth place.
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #45)
“Needless to say, I expected a lot more from this weekend. We encountered so many difficulties from the beginning and, as if that wasn’t enough, the Superpole Race was a real disaster. I take responsibility for having raced with rain tires, already in the warm-up lap I realized I had made the wrong choice but there was no time to fix it. In Race 2, however, for the first time this weekend, I felt a positive feeling with my Ducati. The world title? Yes, the gap is wide but in Superbike there are many points available and certainly, I will not give up after 4 rounds!”