New Bennetts British Superbike Championship points leader Scott Redding says he’s had a fun weekend on his first visit to Knockhill – and admits it feels good to prove the doubters wrong.
After months of hearing ‘he’s going to struggle when he gets to tracks like Knockhill’, Redding put an end to all speculation today as he powered to second from 16th on the grid in race one before backing it up with win in the second.
And now with four points in hand over Tommy Bridewell, the Be Wiser Ducati rider was all smiles as he headed to the airport this evening and says he’s now a fan of the short Scottish circuit.
“It’s a good track, it’s a bit short but we’ve got shorter tracks on the calendar and for me they’re more boring - this is quite an exciting track, you’ve got up and down,” he told Bikesport News.
“I can see it’s a love hate thing, if you don’t get on with it you’re going to have a bad weekend so lucky for me I did get on with it. I’ve never been here before so I take everything as a step as I go.
“I arrive with a positive mind-set, every track I take as a new one and I try to enjoy it. We found some small things which were not right on the bike which have helped me now and I feel more comfortable.”
The former MotoGP star admits today’s victory feels even sweeter given the fact he has essentially stuck two fingers up at the haters who claimed he’d struggle there.
“I’m happy, there’s a lot of doubters that were probably hoping I wouldn’t do so well but I’ve kind of done the opposite so I was really happy with that.
“For me, they were both fun races. In the first one, I said to the guys ‘I want to go for that podium from here’ because I thrive off that - new tracks, challenges, I like those sorts of things.
“You find the race goes by fast and it’s fun, so to do that and then get the win, I couldn’t ask for much more - I suppose could’ve asked for the other win but I’m not a greedy guy.
“It is what it is, maybe at other tracks I’ll struggle more…but I can’t see it. I’ve had the worst one which is Oulton where I learnt so much so now when I come to these tracks it’s always easier. I’ve had a good weekend.”