New Bennetts British Superbike Championship leader Scott Redding has revealed the pressure he piled on himself before this weekend helped power him to his hat-trick of wins.
The Be Wiser Ducati man backed up his maiden win on Saturday with two more today at Donington Park to take the points lead over Oxford Racing’s Tommy Bridewell.
As the delighted former MotoGP star celebrated last night, he admitted he has gone through a full spectrum of emotions in the weeks leading up to round three but was always convinced this was the track where his first win would come.
“I ‘aint gonna lie, I did say to myself every day since Oulton, ‘I can win at Donington’. I’m not making it up – every day I woke up I said it to myself, so I just had that feeling I could do it.
“I put a bit of pressure on myself but it made me hungrier. Getting the triple was just phenomenal – this is what I go racing for. I’ve missed this for the last five years.
“Winning race one was so emotional and then race two was just so bloody close. In race three I did something different to the other two races, I got out at the front. I led a bit and then I tried to control the race as best I could and just show that I could be strong out front alone.
“It was good for me to show that to the other guys and show that consistency so I’m really happy.”
Redding also admits the win has taken a bit longer than he’d hoped to come, but believes the tougher start to the year just helped make it even sweeter now it has happened.
“At Silverstone, well I expected to win there. But when we got there the National circuit really didn’t suit Ducati at all. All the Ducatis were struggling. I was still the fastest Ducati there but it wasn’t enough, I got that lucky podium in race one which I said I didn’t deserve but I’d take if it’s there.
“Then we went to Oulton and I didn’t know it so it was always going to be harder but coming here, it’s a track I know – I say I know but it was 10 years ago I last raced here.
“But it’s sort of more GP style - I can be me. I really felt I could ride like Scott Redding rides and that’s what built my confidence to lead that last race. I knew I could be consistent out there.”