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Redding: The season so far and getting stuck in at Snetterton

Scott Redding leads the Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings into Snetterton this weekend (July 19/20/21) and the Be Wiser Ducati arrives in Norfolk fired up to try and add to his winning tally in his first race appearance on the 300 circuit.

Redding added to his winning tally at Knockhill, to edge a four-point championship lead over Tommy Bridewell heading into the next two races this weekend, but the Be Wiser Ducati rider admits that he isn’t focused on that position ahead of Snetterton.

“Leading the Championship right now is not the biggest thing for me. I understand I need to work the most at scoring the Podium Points before the Showdown,” said Redding. “To come away from Knockhill with a win and a second place from sixteenth on the grid in mixed conditions, I was over the moon with that.

“I am settling in with the bike and the Championship; a lot of people didn’t believe that I could be competitive at Knockhill so it fuelled me up a bit more to do something special and to come away with all those results in the weekend was good, and to be leading the Championship is a nice bonus.”

The weekend at Knockhill started with an impressive second place in the opening race after fighting through from 16th on the grid after a tough time in Datatag Qualifying, which the former MotoGP contender followed up with a victory in race two.

Reflecting on the previous round Redding said: “I think the second position in race one at Knockhill actually felt better than the win for me; people don’t always understand the type of rider that I am. If I say to the guys ‘I think I can get on the podium tomorrow from sixteenth’ I will bite down and do the best that I can regardless. I think for them it was a bit of an eye-opener as they didn’t really expect it and it was the first time that I have really said something like that to them. Riders can talk a lot but they need to back it up and it is something this year I have been willing and felt confident to do - I felt like we made a step together as a team.

“I knew I had to battle my way with Danny [Buchan], unfortunately he crashed but I felt really comfortable where I was and I was learning a lot about the circuit even during the laps in race two. My strategy for race one was to attack and to get through as clean as possible as fast as I could and not let the leaders get away. Danny had awesome pace all weekend and we knew he was going to be strong. He had a clear track and had got to the front so it was too much in race one, but I could get my claws in to the other guys.

“It was hard for me at the beginning of the race as I didn’t want to launch the bike going too hard too soon. I was battling with four guys and I had to really go off the line to make a move so that set me back a couple of laps, but even then I don’t think I would really have got through fast enough to catch Danny - but I do like races like that and having to really race.”

Snetterton marks another track on the calendar that Redding has never raced on before, but the challenge of adapting is something that the 26-year-old believes is a big motivation for him this season in Bennetts BSB.

“I still love going to a new track,” added Redding. “I can’t wait, it is hard because you never know how you will adapt to the circuit, but more riders have said to me ‘you will like this track’. Snetterton should suit my style and I just have that drive in my stomach to do it the first time I go to a circuit and that is what really motivates me.

“I am surprising myself a little bit but I believe that has come from confidence and believing in myself again which is something that I had lost and it has kind of given me a second gear. That is an amazing feeling; the problem is when you have a couple of bad years in racing you can get down. Then you show that you can do it and then you believe that you can do it and that is the strongest thing that a rider can have in his pocket, so to have that back now when I go to races makes me more relaxed and confident.”

With four rounds remaining before the Showdown the Podium Points from the next nine races will prove crucial for the riders who make the cut for the top six, but Redding is confident of another big fight on track this weekend.

“It always depends on the conditions, the circuit, the circumstances, but my goal is always to go for a podium regardless of a new track,” he added. “When you are in a position for a podium most of the time in BSB you can fight for a win so I just don’t need to put pressure on myself. I have been enjoying the racing in BSB, it is action-packed and I feel the vibe the riders are giving for the fans to watch so to be stuck in with that is something good to be part of.”

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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