Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding was no-one’s favourite to win anything at the Knockhill Bennetts British Superbike round.
It is a particular track, short, often wet and with plenty of quirks, and a far cry from the sweeping GP circuits Redding is used to. More than a few eyes were opened when the Gloucestershire rider came from 16th on a soaking grid to take second in race one.
And then he backed it up with a win in race two on the new Panigale V4R. Those who also predicted doom for Redding at Cadwell are now busy coughing. A lot.
“I think the second position in race one at Knockhill actually felt better than the win for me. People don’t always understand the type of rider that I am. If I say to the guys ‘I think I can get on the podium tomorrow from 16th’ I will bite down and do the best that I can regardless,” said Redding.
“I think for them it was a bit of an eye-opener as they didn’t really expect it and it was the first time that I have really said something like that to them. Riders can talk a lot but they need to back it up and it is something this year I have been willing and felt confident to do - I felt like we made a step together as a team.
“I knew I had to battle my way with Danny [Buchan], unfortunately he crashed but I felt really comfortable where I was and I was learning a lot about the circuit even during the laps in race two. My strategy for race one was to attack and to get through as clean as possible as fast as I could and not let the leaders get away. Danny had awesome pace all weekend and we knew he was going to be strong. He had a clear track and had got to the front so it was too much in race one, but I could get my claws in to the other guys.
Snetterton this weekend marks another track on the calendar on which Redding has never before raced, but the challenge of adapting is something that the 26-year-old believes is a big motivation for him this season in Bennetts BSB.
I still love going to a new track. I can’t wait, it is hard because you never know how you will adapt to the circuit, but more riders have said to me, ‘You will like this track’. Snetterton should suit my style and I just have that drive in my stomach to do it the first time I go to a circuit and that is what really motivates me.
“I am surprising myself a little bit but I believe that has come from confidence and believing in myself again which is something that I had lost and it has kind of given me a second gear. That is an amazing feeling; the problem is when you have a couple of bad years in racing you can get down.
“Then you show that you can do it and then you believe that you can do it and that is the strongest thing that a rider can have in his pocket, so to have that back now when I go to races makes me more relaxed and confident.
“My goal is always to go for a podium regardless of a new track,” he added. “When you are in a position for a podium most of the time in BSB you can fight for a win so I just don’t need to put pressure on myself. I have been enjoying the racing in BSB, it is action-packed and I feel the vibe the riders are giving for the fans to watch so to be stuck in with that is something good to be part of.”