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Triple-tastic! Redding makes it three out of three at Donington

Sunday, May 26 2019

An incredible weekend of racing at Donington Park saw GP convert Scott Redding take three spectacular Bennetts British Supoerbike Championship wins to leapfrog to the top of the standings.

Races one and two saw him fighting to gain places after being slow off the line, but race three was the Be Wiser Ducati rider's best start of the weekend and he hit the front of the pack into the first turn at Redgate with pole-sitter Hector Barbera, Xavi Forés and Josh Brookes in close contention.

Forés grabbed the lead at Redgate on lap two as Brookes moved into second, with Redding back in third and Christian Iddon and Bridewell shuffling up the order. On the sixth lap Forés went wide at Coppice, giving Brookes the room he needed to move ahead.

Redding was into second by lap eight with a move on Forés into Redgate and then two laps later he was in the lead and pushing for a breakaway. The battle was then on for second place and a big moment for Brookes on the 16th lap at Roberts on the brakes saw him run on to avoid contact and dropped him down the order, finally finishing the race in fifth place.

Tarran 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.

Bridewell was pushing for the final podium position and made a lunge at Roberts on the final lap to narrowly cross the line ahead of Mackenzie to claim third place.

Christian Iddon was sixth on the Tyco BMW after teammate Keith Farmer crashed out with two laps to go at Roberts. Peter Hickman was seventh ahead of Andrew Irwin and the Buildbase Suzuki pairing of Bradley Ray and Luke Stapleford completed the top 10.

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
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.857s
  5. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +2.004s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +9.220s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +10.334s
  8. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.952s
  9. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +18.966s
  10. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +21.979s

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
  6. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 68

The 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Donington Park on 4-6 October for a round of the Showdown on the Grand Prix circuit. For more information and to book, click here.