Scott Redding believes tomorrow’s scrap to be crowned King of Brands is likely to be a two-horse fight between him and his Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes.
Redding beat Brookes by just 0.007 to grab his first ever Bennetts British Superbike Championship pole and has admitted he was ‘hungry’ for it as qualifying three got underway this afternoon.
“I was struggling in Q2. I don’t know what it is, but I’m a bit nervous to make a mistake in Q2 and I didn’t want to put the new tyre in first.
At Donington I messed it up, I didn’t have a new tyre for the end. The rain looked like it was coming so I decided to put the tyre in and try. I went out and the lap time wasn’t coming again
“But in Q3 the gloves were off. I was so hungry to get it but I made three mistakes and it cost me two and a half tenths on my best lap,” he revealed.
“I was a bit angry at myself when I thought I didn’t do it, it was very close, and then when they said it was going to restart I thought ‘oh no I don’t have a tyre, Josh has a bit more experience than me maybe he can do it.’
“I tried to stay on him and he pulled away from me and I didn’t think I would get it but I did. I’ve finally got that watch I’ve been hunting down. I think that’s the best bit about it.”
Redding is now keen to add the King of Brands trophy to his silverware collection, but knows his team-mate is then man who will be his biggest opposition.
“Josh has got great pace out there. I think it will be a bit of a battle between me and him, maybe a few guys at the beginning like Jason will definitely get stuck in there but I think maybe me and Josh have just got a little bit more pace.
“I’ll be doing my best, that’s what we’re here for, we’re all here to beat each other and it’s been tough but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. I think Josh and I will get away and have a bit of a battle and then we’ll see who gets the crown.