Scott claims his first podium on the BMW M 1000 RR at Donington Park
Donington Park. Donington Park, an iconic British circuit steeped in history, once again proved to be a successful hunting ground for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). In the Superpole Race on Sunday morning, Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team claimed his first podium on the BMW M 1000 RR. Scott came home third at the end of the captivating 10-lap sprint. He was also among the leading group in both main races, finishing fourth and fifth.
In front of more than 51,000 spectators (across the weekend), local favourite Scott showed as early as the practice sessions that he has closed the gap to the front-runners. The Brit ended Friday in third place overall. He backed this up with fourth in the Superpole Qualifying on Saturday morning, securing his best starting position of the season in doing so. In the first main race on Saturday afternoon, Scott was in contention for a spot on the podium until the closing stages, before crossing the finish line in fourth place on worn tyres.
Scott again set his sights on the podium in Sunday morning’s Superpole Race. He climbed into third place at the start, and only briefly gave up that position before reclaiming the third spot on the podium. This triggered great celebrations in the garage, from which Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, had followed the exciting race. In the second main race on Sunday afternoon, Scott was running fourth until the middle of the race, before conceding a position and crossing the finish line in fifth place – just eight seconds behind winner Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR / Yamaha).
Round six of the 2022 WorldSBK season takes place in two weeks (29th to 31st July) in Most in the Czech Republic.
Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
(SP: 4 / R01: 4 / SP Race: 3 / R02: 5):
“To get the first podium was great – it was a sprint race but at least we got it. We were in the top three and it wasn’t due to conditions or somebody else crashing. I had to fight for it, and really bite down in the helmet to dig deep over the last laps. I think we deserve it for all the hard work we have done, the guys at BMW have been working hard behind the scenes. It just shows that we can do it and that motivation helps the project a lot. To have Dr. Schramm here as well was great. The whole weekend has been very good, we were consistently in the top five or top six and the gap is significantly closer, even lap by lap and then in the race. I am feeling good with the bike and how it is working. I feel like another little step came this weekend with the updated parts even for the comfortability for me riding it. I feel more like it is my bike and this is very important. I have got the confidence with the front. It has been good to back it up consistently, not just one session with the new tyre and you’re there, and then one session you’re not. We were in a good position all the time this weekend and we’re getting closer. Also from race one to race two we closed the gap a lot. This was a big step for me, and I’m happy. With where we are in the project, I always say: it’s steps. If it’s half a second or half a tenth, if we are getting closer, this is what we need to do until we are there. Overall, I had a nice weekend, it was quite busy, having all the fans cheering, going crazy in all the races. They can see that I ride the bike hard, which I enjoy, and this is another key point for me. I am having fun, and this is what we need to do.”