Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding saw his Bennetts British Superbike series lead halved when team-mate Josh Brookes took the second-race win and a penalty saw the Quedgley rider finish outside of the points.
Redding had cut the final Thruxton chicane and was judged by race direction to have gained an advantage. Redding was given a long-lap penalty but elected not to take it as there were only three laps of an eight-lap sprint left. Bosses then added 15s to his race time which put him outside the points.
“Of course, I’m a bit frustrated with the second race especially as I felt I rode the wheels off the bike over the course of the eight laps,” said Redding after an animated discussion with series director Stuart Higgs.
I put everything on the line at the last corner as the Podium Points are so important so to see I’d got a 15 second penalty at the end of it all was disappointing.
“I know I went straight on at the chicane, but I let two riders back past me and re-joined at a much-reduced speed, but it is what it is, and I’ve enjoyed the weekend overall.”
Redding, who had never seen Thruxton before the weekend, started the first race of the weekend on pole and eventually came away with second after a maiden win for Andrew Irwin.
“The first race today was wicked but with it being my first time here it was quite difficult. I was trying not to let any of the riders get away and I was trying to manage the tyres so there was a lot going on.
I thought I’d timed it right but on the last lap I lost the rear and that meant I couldn’t get a run on Andrew and although I gave it a go around the outside, I had to settle for second.”
Team chief Johnny Mowatt concluded: “Rules are rules and he’ll take the penalty on the chin and we’re still in first and second overall, so it’s been a good weekend overall for the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team.”
Redding now leads Brookes by 20 points with another new track, Cadwell next up in a fortnight.