Bennetts British Superbike rookie – for that is what he is – Scott Redding goes into this weekend’s title decider as the bookies’ overwheming favourite to beat Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes to the big crown.
Redding has so far won every race in the Showdown so far and has three more at Brands Hatch to secure the championship trophy before heading off to WorldSBK in 2020.
“This year has been really good; I have enjoyed the championship and the racing has been great and now we have just got Brands Hatch to try and finish the job. I feel like I have been the strongest rider in the Showdown so far but I have been building all season for this,” said Redding.
“The results at Brands Hatch earlier in the year doesn’t show how strong we really were there and the pace that we had; I took a gamble on the tyre choice in race one and then had a podium in race two and we had pole position. I think some people think that it might not be the best track for me and I might not be as strong there, but when people doubt me I want it even more.
I am really calm now and with how I am and what we can do at Brands Hatch. I get even more motivation from the energy and the big support that I get from the fans and I think there is going to be a big atmosphere next weekend.
“I am definitely in a prime position; I didn’t start the season saying what I could do and I have just been working hard and building up so that we were strong for the Showdown. I am getting stronger and more confident. I wanted to build throughout the year and now it’s the time.”
Redding has a 28-point lead over Brookes, and if that is 50 by the end of Saturday, he can stay in bed on Sunday. Netbet has Redding as the 1/50 favourite to win the title while Oddschecker has him at 1/41.