WorldSBK has been warned. They are getting a totally different animal when Scott Redding turns up in the paddock at Phillip Island.
Just as he has transformed interest in the British Superbike Championship he is confident, and capable, of doing the same in WSB. And it needs it.
Last weekend’s PBM ‘Big Bash’ - the Cumbrian team’s party to celebrate their BSB championship victory and 100 race wins in the series - may have attracted a record 350 people but it was
Redding, and team-mate Josh Brookes, who stole the show.
Brookes had flown in from Australia. Redding and his mates had hired a white stretch limo for the journey from the south west to the north west via Motorcycle Live. A helicopter was apparently on the cards but poor weather defeated the idea.
And Redding, by his perambulations on the dance floor, was demonstrating his ability as a party animal par excellence. And making no apologies, indeed a virtue, of his belief that life was to be enjoyed. Until 9am the following day, by all accounts.
But he did not hesitate, when asked, to be seriously clear in his 2020 objective - to win the World Superbike Championship.
“Before signing for Ducati I asked them to give me an assurance they would provide me with a bike capable of winning the title. After some thought they did. I wouldn’t have signed if they hadn’t,” he said. “And I told Jonathan I would be after his title.”