Seventh place for Scott at Portimao in Race 2 despite weekend struggles
BMW Motorrad Motorsport concluded the European season in the FIM Superbike World Championship with top eight finishes. Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team produced the best race result in Portimão (POR). He finished seventh in the second main race on Sunday.
After Superpole qualifying, Baz started the first race on Saturday from seventh place, with Scott alongside him in eighth. Scott was the best-placed BMW rider in seventh place, only to make a minor error on the final lap. He took a tumble before rejoining the race and crossed the line in 18th.
Scott dropped back some places during the closing laps of the ten-lap Superpole Race on Sunday morning to finish 13th. However he bounced back to finish seventh in the subsequent second main race.
Portimão was the ninth and final European event of the year. The tenth round of the WorldSBK season will take place in two weeks (21st to 23rd October) in San Juan, Argentina. The final events will then follow in Indonesia and Australia.
Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
(SP: 8 / R01: 18 / SP Race: 13 / R02: 7):
“To be honest, the weekend was not great. We struggled again. Maybe not as much as in Barcelona, but we were still not where we want to be. Our weak point still costs us too much time. There is not much I can do. The guys worked well to give me a better feeling in some areas and helped me with the tyre life, so I was able to be more consistent to the end. But I need performance on the exit of the corner and at the moment there is no solution yet. We still have a lot of work to do, and everyone is working really hard. But sometimes you need to go really deep to come to a solution that makes the difference. We will get there. It just takes time.”