Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding took a gamble in yesterday’s second Bennetts British Superbike race, leaving a massive gap between himself and race leader Josh Brookes under the safety car but it paid off for a man who says he ‘isn’t the sharpest knife in the box’.
As Brookes followed the M5 around after Josh Owens’ crash, Redding backed up the pack and then let rip, keeping as much heat in his tyres as possible. The move worked as he had more grip into Redgate after the safety car pulled in and went past his team-mate into the lead.
“I’m not the sharpest knife in the box, but sometimes I have some good ideas that sometimes work and that for me was trying to keep temperature in my tyres during the safety car, which is something I struggle with, so I made a big effort and thought what can I do to help,” said Redding.
So I kind-of backed up, I left many seconds between myself and Josh then I pushed through some corners to make temperature and it worked. Turn one Josh struggled, turn one I was pretty good and I was able to make a gap and push, that was my strategy.
“That’s was what I needed to do, it was a weak point for me and I tried to solve it and I believe I did the best that I could do in that moment.
“The race was pretty good for me, I had a small problem with the gear shifter and I missed many gears, probably that was why the gap was going up and down. Josh was breathing down my neck, it was 1.2s and he was always there, the gap wasn’t going further.
“I thought he’s there, then I had these gear shifter problems and the gap went down and then it went up again. I could open it a bit, and then it went again, so my target was to just try and bring the bike home but I still had the pace to make the win and I just held everything together at the end. But fair play to Josh, he did push me a lot more in race two, and we’ll have to see what happens when we get to Brands.”