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Jun 15, 2019

British Superbike: Scott Redding Earns Career-First Pole Position, At Brands Hatch

Scott Redding.

Redding snatches it at Brands by 0.007s to claim first Bennetts BSB pole position

Scott Redding claimed his first pole position in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon by just 0.007s, edging out his Be Wiser Ducati teammate Josh Brookes in the closing stage of Datatag Qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s two races on the Grand Prix circuit.

A hectic Datatag Qualifying saw a big battle for the top nine positions in Q3 but it was Redding who snatched the top spot from last year’s King of Brands Brookes, who had topped the Q1 and Q2 sessions.

It was a busy start to the opening part of Datatag Qualifying for the Buildbase Suzuki team when Luke Stapleford crashed out at Westfield, but he still was able to make the cut for Q2 before holding 15th on the grid in Q2.

In Q3 Jason O'Halloran was left to fly the flag for the McAMS Yamaha to claim the final place on the front row; his teammate Tarran Mackenzie was moving up the order but a crash at Clearways left him initially concussed and bringing out the red flag on the session.

Tommy Bridewell will head the second row for tomorrow’s opening race after holding off Dan Linfoot to claim fourth on the grid, with Christian Iddon in sixth for Tyco BMW.

Peter Hickman was seventh on the Smiths Racing BMW ahead of Bradley Ray who had his best qualifying result of the season for Buildbase Suzuki team

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Datatag Qualifying result:

Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:24.971s

Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.007s

Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.325

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.545s

Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +0.623s

Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.650s

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.739s

Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.881s

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit

Scott Redding - Be Wiser Ducati

Pole position at Brands Hatch

“I really like this circuit. Obviously it’s the first time here for me on the big track, but I gelled with it really well to be honest. I felt really settled here after five or six laps on Friday, I thought I kind-of got comfortable with it and I can work on my pace, which was good. The bike’s working really well, so it allows me to do that.

“I feel confident after winning the last three races at Donington so a few things have just fallen into place and allowed me to do things how I want to do at my own pace, and it seems to be working in the right way.

"Once you get that one win, then you get three of them, you kind-of get hungry for them. I said if I come here and get on the podium I’ll be happy, it’s a new track, but if you’re in a podium position you can fight for wins.”

More, from a press release issued by Be Wiser Ducati:

Redding Scorches To Brands Hatch Pole, P2 For Brookes

Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding scorched to a remarkable pole position at round four of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch today with team-mate Scott Redding claiming second to make it a memorable day for Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team.

The duo showed superb form throughout the free practice sessions on their respective factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4Rs and headed into the Datatag Extreme Qualifying in confident mood having set the first and second fastest times overall, Redding the quicker with an impressive lap of 1m 25.196s which was 0.283s faster than his team-mate.

Despite some dark clouds, the entire qualifying session saw dry conditions and both riders comfortably progressed from Q1 where they again occupied the top two places at the top of the leaderboard. On this occasion, Australian Brookes was quickest although the gap between the pairing was just 0.029s.

With 18 riders going through to Q2, it was still a tightly packed field, but Brookes signalled his intentions early in the 12-minute session with a 1m 25.105s putting him quickest. It was enough to see him hold onto the top spot and with former MotoGP rider Redding in fifth, they were amongst the leading nine riders to go through to Q3 and contest the pole position.

The final eight-minute session saw the lap times drop even further and Gloucestershire’s Redding was the first to post a sub-1m 25s lap of the weekend with a time of 1m 24.971s. Brookes almost matched him with his own lap of 1m 24.978s but the red flag came out shortly afterwards and with it restarted over just four minutes, no one was able to improve and so the Be Wiser Ducati team took the top two places on the grid.

Scott Redding: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Brands Hatch so far and have gelled with the circuit quickly. Learning the new tracks now isn’t as difficult as it was as I feel more confident after my wins at Donington. Things have started to fall into place and I’m really happy to get the pole position although I was struggling a bit in Q2 where I didn’t want to make any mistakes or use a new tyre too early. It looked like the rain was coming so we put the tyre in and although it was close, I managed to get pole. It’s great for the team to have a 1-2 and it looks, potentially, like the battle will be between Josh and myself so hopefully we’ll have a bit more pace than the other riders and be able to get away in tomorrow’s races.”

Josh Brookes: “I was struggling a bit at the beginning of the weekend as although the lap times were good, it was requiring a lot of physical effort to do them. We made some changes overnight and straightaway today, I felt a lot more relaxed and the times were happening a lot more naturally. That’s going to pay off in the races as rather than only being able to do a few laps, we’ve now got good pace for the full distance. It was hard to get back into my rhythm after the red flag but I‘m happy with the front row and we’re in a good position for tomorrow.”

Johnny Mowatt, Team co-ordinator: “We can’t complain about today and with a 1-2 on the grid for tomorrow’s first race, it’s a great position for the Be Wiser Ducati team to be in. It’s testament to Scott, his crew chief Giovanni and his side of the garage that they now have a good base setting with the bike and can be quick straightaway. They’re only having to make refinements to the package and everything’s happening a lot more naturally. He’s brought the confidence he gained at Donington, so it bodes well for the races tomorrow. Josh struggled a little bit in a few areas on Friday when the bike was a little bit difficult on the handling side of things, but the team refined the set-up for today and he found some extra pace in qualifying. Starting from second on the grid, and being so close to Scott, puts him in a great position and we’re hopeful of some good results. We don’t mind who does what but if we can get a 1-2 in the races, we’ll be extremely happy.”

Datatag Extreme Qualifying

1 Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m24.971s

2 Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.007s

3 Jason O’Halloran (Yamaha) +0.325s

4 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati) +0.545s

5 Dan Linfoot (Yamaha) +0.623s

6 Christian Iddon (BMW) +0.650s

For further information, please visit the team’s website, and the official website of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

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