World Superbike: Scott Redding reflects on Estoril crash


Ducati rider Redding received Saturday’s opener on the former Portuguese Grand Prix venue, and led the opening half of Sunday’s second full-distance race utilizing the utilizing the qualifying SCX compound rear Pirelli tyre.

However by lap 15 of 21 the ex-MotoGP rider was caught by Kawasaki man Rea, who was among the many minority of riders on the usual SC0 rubber, with Rea making what proved to be the decisive transfer of the race at Flip 3 as Redding ran broad.

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Redding instantly tried to counter-attack by diving to the within at Flip 4 however wasn’t shut sufficient to move, and ended up dropping the entrance of his Ducati and crashing.

He was capable of remount and end down in 14th place, as Rea held on for victory to increase his championship result in a cushty 35 factors.

Reflecting on the race, Redding stated in hindsight he ought to have left it longer to try to repass six-time champion Rea as he knew he was having bother along with his entrance tyre.

“I felt actually snug and beneath management, actually driving so effectively, managing the tyre completely, counting the laps off,” recalled Redding. “Then I used to be having some bother with the entrance [tyre] and I backed it off, couple of tenths.

“Jonathan closed in and handed, I believed, ‘okay, let’s battle’, however the tyre was not able to push that early. I wanted a couple of extra laps to let the tyre come again to me.

“I didn’t need to let Jonathan get too far forward, and I simply misplaced the entrance… I’m aggravated with myself as a result of I actually had it beneath management, it was for me to win that race and I simply made that mistake. I ought to have been extra affected person.


“I didn’t know the way a lot he was saving behind me, I didn’t know his tempo. I didn’t know if he was three tenths sooner, one tenth sooner or if he was going to gradual me up. And I most well-liked to not give him that chance.

“I knew the [front] tyre was not good, I knew I needed to wait, however I noticed that chance [at Turn 4] and I went for it, and it value me 23 factors. I’m simply pissed off with myself.”

Redding shot into an early lead with a fast begin from third on the grid, whereas second-place starter Toprak Razgatlioglu gave up any likelihood of combating for the win by leaping the beginning – an offence that earned him a double long-lap penalty.

However the 28-year-old Briton admitted that he was initially satisfied he had likewise gone too quickly and was anticipating to be handed a penalty.

“For 3 laps I believed I’d see ‘45’ [Redding’s race number] on the [penalty] board,” he stated. “Then I noticed a ‘4’ and a ‘5’ however it was the opposite method spherical [for Razgatlioglu]. Three laps I used to be not focussed on racing, I used to be focussed on the board.

“In the beginning, I don’t know if the wind pushed the sunshine [gantry] again, which put it in a little bit of shadow, however Toprak wished to go, I wished to go… I simply squeezing the brake, my clutch went, I squeezed the brake [again] after which I went.

“I held on as a lot as I might, and I’m blissful to not get the long-lap penalty, though [if I had been penalised] I’d have in all probability ended up with extra factors on the finish of it!”


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