Friday front-runner Scott Redding is smiling after a strong day of Bennetts British Superbike action at Snetterton, a track which he believes suits his MotoGP style of riding.
The Be Wiser Ducati man led almost every lap of both sessions today and ended with 0.250s to spare over Tarran Mackenzie and after a three-week layoff since his last success at Knockhill, he’s happy to be back at a circuit as flat as the Norfolk venue.
“The track was quite green and greasy this morning but it didn’t affect me in the long run, I was learning the track anyway,” Redding told Bikesport News.
“I really like the track, for me it feels like a scaled down MotoGP track – quite flat, quite easy to learn, which obviously helps me. The bike’s working great as well so I don’t have to worry too much.
“I’m just happy to be back on the bike, it’s been a couple of weeks off and I don’t normally miss it but I’ve had that hunger to get back out. Instead of those climbs like Knockhill, you come here and it’s flat so it’s a lot easier for me.
” I said to the guys I actually enjoy riding this place – I can push like MotoGP style with my bike on this track.”
Despite threats of rain during tomorrow’s final practice and qualifying sessions, Redding is confident with the PBM machine and after a bit of learning with the wet Pirellis, he feels he’ll be in a good position to fight on Sunday.
“There’s nothing you can do, I’m not a bad rain rider – I still need to get my head around it with these tyres but some rain track time is good. It’s better if it comes Saturday than on Sunday.
“We’ll just do the work we can do, we’ve got to try and improve in the rain anyway but I’d prefer dry and so would everyone else.”