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Redding powers to the top on opening day of Monteblanco test

Scott Redding made his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut in style on the opening day of official testing at Monteblanco by setting the benchmark time towards the closing stages, toppling fellow debutant Xavi Forés by 0.169s with Jason O'Halloran also cutting the advantage on his final run.

The opening day of testing got underway in perfect conditions at the Spanish circuit of Monteblanco with Forés setting the early pace and holding the position on his second visit to the track as he prepares for his debut season in Bennetts BSB.

Redding had been building momentum and on his penultimate run of the day he moved ahead of his Spanish rival, who improved in the closing ten minutes of the day, but it wasn’t enough to topple him from the top.

Redding said: “It has been a good first day here in Monteblanco and have had great fun on the bike, understanding a lot of things and the team have been amazing – we have gelled really well. I actually miss them from the last test so it has been a relief after a long wait and I am looking forward to tomorrow to actually test some things on the bike, working with the new engine and the electronics to find the best ways. Day one is done and I am really happy and can’t wait to get back out tomorrow.”

O’Halloran proved he was adapting well to the McAMS Yamaha, closing in on Redding and Forés in the final minutes to be just 0.321s shy at the chequered flag.

Danny Buchan saved his best until his last run of the day for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki and he climbed the order to fourth, nudging back Luke Mossey and the OMG Racing Suzuki team in the closing minutes of the day.

Tarran Mackenzie made it both McAMS Yamahas inside the top ten as he posted the sixth fastest time ahead of Claudio Corti who had been making strides forward until a crash, but he was unhurt and able to finish the day.

Glenn Irwin led the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki charge as the title-winning team bid to retain their title, he was marginally faster than his younger brother Andrew on the Honda Racing Fireblade with Josh Brookes completing the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Monteblanco, Official Test, Day 1 result:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:38.385s
  2. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +0.169s
  3. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.321s
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.750s
  5. Luke Mossey (OMG Racing Suzuki) +0.792s
  6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.853s
  7. Claudio Corti (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +0.872s
  8. Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.883s
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.978s
  10. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.100s

The ninth round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on September 6/7/8 for the Showdown Title Fighter decider. for more information and to book visit www.oultonpark.co.uk

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