Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding says this weekend will be his first big chance to clinch his maiden Bennetts British Superbike race win – and admits he’s looking forward to tackling his first triple-header.
After topping the timesheets in free practice one, Redding ended the day third quickest behind TYCO BMW’s Keith Farmer and his own team-mate Josh Brookes.
But the former MotoGP star is confident his Donington Park return could be the weekend he makes his mark. It’s several years since he last raced at the iconic venue and like everyone else, he’s totally new to the National layout.
And this, he believes, is playing into his favour.
I expect myself to be fighting for a win. I verbally voiced that before the weekend, I’m confident I can fight for wins here - I need to,” he told Bikesport News. “Oulton Park was different, I had to learn the track but here, well nobody has really ridden this track.
“I kind of know a bit where I’m going and I feel confident - the team’s good, the bike’s good, I’m in great shape. Mentally I’m growing every time I’m on the bike and I believe that tomorrow afternoon could really be a good chance to fight for a win and if not, a podium.”
This weekend marks Redding’s first triple-header and it’s a challenge he’s now relishing.
“You know what? At Silverstone, after race two I was like ‘phew, it’s over’. I’d never done if before so I didn’t know what to expect, how to prepare myself, it was all different. I think I just tried too hard all weekend.
“At Oulton Park after race two I was like ‘you know, I could do race three here, I would be up for that’.
“So now we’ve got the triple header here. It came at a great time for me so I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be different because I’m going to do qualifying and then need to go from qualifying mode to race mode in two hours so I need to see how I can deal with that, but I’m sure I’ll get myself in the zone and get ready to race.”
“It’s good to come back here to Donington Park after some years away, I’ve had some podiums here in the past so I want to try to maintain that this weekend.”