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The ‘f**k it’ mentality that hauled Scott Redding back into WorldSBK contention

Scott Redding says a poor weekend at Donington Park, against expectations, has inspired him to adopt a more relaxed approach to his WorldSBK  bid

Scott Redding - Aruba.it Ducati, WorldSBK 2021


Scott Redding a dismal weekend on home soil at Donington Park has been the catalyst for a turnaround in form that has seen him record three wins and eight podiums from the last nine races.

The Briton appeared to be down and out of the WorldSBK title race after slipping 66 points adrift of the top spot relative to the comparatively more consistent Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea, the result of a showing at Donington Park that yielded just a single points’ finish.

However, a run of excellent form since then has seen Redding trim the lead down again to 38 points, finishing no lower than second in eight of the last nine races.

Indeed, Redding - who will leave Ducati for BMW at the end of the season - says he still wants to leave the manufacturer as World Champion, adding that his poor results at home taught him he needs to lessen the pressure on himself 

“I want to win the world championship for Ducati this year, that's the only thing I want,” he told Speedweek.de. “You do your best, I do my best. In Navarra we showed that we can win. Our motorcycle is the same as it was in Donington Park. "

“I said, fuck it. I no longer stress myself, but take it as it comes. That's why I'm pretty relaxed at the moment. Every driver has a certain routine before the races. Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I listen to music. I try to enjoy it. I want to have fun without stressing myself out. 

“Sometimes you can focus on something so that every little thing that doesn't go the way you want it to feel huge. The reality is that there are little things. So now I keep telling my boys to leave the bike so that I can find my rhythm. I know I have the pace."

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