Scott Redding has revealed a rookie error halted his charge and cost him points today, despite salvaging a podium in the second race.
While he bagged third behind the two fellow Ducatis of Tommy Bridewell and race winning team-mate Josh Brookes this afternoon, the Be Wiser Ducati rider says he is still learning the ways of the championship and is far from finished.
Redding started on pole for both races today, but the first race proved disastrous as the series newcomer made a call to take an intermediate rear tyre while the rest of his rivals opted for full wets.
But his hopes of a quickly drying track were soon dashed and although the leaders took the chequered flag with a dry line on circuit, it came too late for the Donington triple-winner.
“I did make a big gamble for race one, I thought I’d give it a go but it was maybe 10 minutes too early for the race starting, otherwise it could’ve been different,” Redding admitted.
“I learnt a lesson. A lot of people forget I’m still a rookie, I’m still new to the tyres and everything and I’d rather learn that now than in the Showdown so I kind of let it go. It was what it was and I wanted to redeem it with a podium and we managed to do it.
“I thought I had a bit more pace to maybe fight for a win but Josh was very consistent and also after the qualifying I had just a little bit more pace on the used tyre which maybe comes from experience on the track. I was quite fast but I’m not super smooth
“I’m trying to learn everything in such a short amount of time, which is ok for one lap but for a race it’s very difficult and I think Josh rode a very good race in race two, hats off to him. But it was a very good day for me.”