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Seeing Red: Donington delight for Redding

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Scott Redding backed up his debut Bennetts British Superbike Championship race win by completing a hat trick of victories at Donington Park, edging out Xavi Forés and Tommy Bridewell to end the triple-header weekend on the top step of the podium.

In the second race of the weekend Redding narrowly claimed a second Bennetts BSB victory as the Be Wiser Ducati rider made a decisive move on Forés at Roberts to take the lead before the race was red flagged for rain.

At the start of race two, Forés led Christian Iddon and Bridewell, but again an aggressive Bridewell dived into second before moving into the lead with a pass into Redgate on the second lap. Forés had taken it back though by the end of the lap and Iddon had moved back into second for Tyco BMW.

Redding wasn’t inside the top five until lap 11 when he had Josh Brookes and Tarran Mackenzie ahead of him and the three scrapped it out before Redding made a move on the McAMS Yamaha rider and his own team-mate before pushing to bridge the gap to the leading pair.

Redding had closed in on the pair and on lap 17 he was able to move ahead of Bridewell and then Forés a lap later before the red flag to claim his second race win of the weekend for the Be Wiser Ducati team.

In the final race Be Wiser Ducati’s Redding had his best start of the weekend to hit the front of the pack into Redgate for the first time with pole-sitter Barbera, Forés and Brookes in close contention as the pack streamed down Craner Curves for the first time.

As the race went on, Mackenzie was holding second place for the McAMS Yamaha team but he was demoted back to third when Forés launched ahead at the Old Hairpin with six laps to go. The battle for second continued with Mackenzie and Forés trading blows, but the Spanish contender had the edge with two laps to go and then Bridewell was pushing for the final podium position.

Bridewell made a lunge at Roberts on the final lap to narrowly cross the line ahead of Mackenzie on the final lap to claim third place.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Race 2 result:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +0.275s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.523s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Race 3 result:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)                                                                           
  2. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +1.196s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.779s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Donington Park

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)  115
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 109
  3. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 108
  4. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 74
  5. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) 70

Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kaw

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