Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding took the Bennetts British Superbike double win at Assen this afternoon, crossing the line with a three-second advantage over Tommy Bridewell with Danny Buchan completing the podium.
Redding took the lead with nine laps to go, passing team-mate Josh Brookes on the brakes into Stekkenwal and didn’t look back, creeping away from the chasing pack to ensure he extended his lead over the Australian.
Brookes had a gap over Bridewell and Buchan in the podium fight but the Oxford Racing Ducati man found some late pace, passing Brookes. The Australian tried to go straight back at Ruskenhoek but ran wide which left the door open for both Bridewell and Buchan get ahead, and he didn’t have an answer.
It means Redding now holds 14-point lead over Brookes in the championship chase with five races left to run. After his crash in race one, Bridewell had been equal with Buchan in the points chase but now three-point advantage over the FS-3 Kawasaki rider.
Buildbase Suzuki’s Luke Stapleford was in the chase early in the race, taking the lead off the line and holding off the power of the Ducatis until he was passed by Brookes.
The former Dickies British Supersport Champion was able to stay in the mix and crossed the line in a well-deserved fourth place which will do his chances of a 2020 contract no harm whatsoever.
Xavi Fores took his Honda Fireblade to sixth, just in front of Jason O’Halloran’s McAMS Yamaha. The little Aussie had been in the mix early doors but just faded as the laps counted down.
Shwodown contender Peter Hickman took eighth while Dan Linfoot bounced back from his race-one disappointment to finish in ninth. Bradley Ray completed the top ten.
Tarran Mackenzie finished in 13th behind Brad Ray, Hector Barbera and Andrew Irwin, and it looks like his title challenge is over as he is now the business end of 70 points off the lead with 125 left on the table.