Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding took the double Bennetts British Superbike win at Donington Park this afternoon but was pushed hard by team-mate Josh Brookes in the final seven laps as the Australian former champion closed in on the ex-MotoGP man with the fastest lap of the race.
Brookes set a 1’28.987 as he reeled in Redding in the closing stages but it was just not enough and the Gloucestershire rider now has more than a race win advantage in terms of points.
Tommy Bridewell, who admitted in parc ferme he just has his arse handed to him, finished five seconds behind the leader and took the final podium spot. The Oxford Ducati man is now the only rider who can prevent either Redding or Brookes from winning the 2019 title.
As in race one it was a leg of very little drama as Brookes got the holeshot with Christian Iddon, Redding, Peter Hickman and Bridewell slotting in behind.
A crash from Josh Owens brought out the safety car on lap three as marshals battled to clean up gravel at the Foggy Esses and while Brookes went about his preparation to get the action underway, Redding delayed and allowed Brookes to open a huge gap, only narrowing back again on the way round to Coppice.
As the BMW went in, Redding matched Brookes across the line but the 2015 champion had let too much heat out of his front and it chattered into the Redgate, which pushed the Bringelly rider wide and Redding took the lead which he never again relinquished.
FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan put in a much more improved performance in race two after suffering with front-end problems in the opener, finishing in fourth place with Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon having another solid ride in fifth.
Bradley Ray came from nowhere to bag sixth ahead of Andrew Irwin and Xavi Fores with Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran completing the top ten.
Hickman’s chain came off on the run down to Melbourne and he just kept going into the paddock.
Luke Mossey finished in 11th place, one ahead of Ryan Vickers with Alex Olsen beating Luke Stapleford to 13th. Claudio Corti took the final point.