Redding ‘growing in confidence’, raising expectations

Scott Redding tames 'scary' Oulton Park to secure a pair of top five results, but feels he had the pace for the podium
Redding ‘growing in confidence’, raising expectations

Despite exceeding his own initial targets with a run to fifth and fourth during round two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, Scott Redding concedes his strong pace come race day left him wanting more.

Admitting to being ‘scared’ of Oulton Park on his first visit to the Cheshire circuit – albeit ‘in a good way’ – Redding set himself a modest top six target on Sunday after qualifying in seventh position, but demonstrated impressive form to collect a fifth in race one and fourth in race two.

Indeed, the ex-MotoGP rider says his competitive performance in race trim left him somewhat disappointed not to come away with more but suggests this nonetheless bodes well for the future as he continues his BSB initiation on the Be Wiser PBM Ducati.

“It wasn’t the perfect weekend as I felt a podium was within reach, but I came into the weekend wanting two top six finishes, so I have to be pleased with fourth and fifth.

“I learned a lot and I felt good particularly in the second race where I lapped as quick as I did in qualifying so that’s why I’m perhaps a bit frustrated as I had one hand on a podium position.

“At the same time, I understand the bike more, I understand the circuit more and both of those things can only benefit me as the season progresses and today has been good for my confidence. I’m taking it round by round but we’re building all the time.”

Redding sits sixth in the overall standings after two rounds, 24 points shy of the overall top spot.