Ducati dominate at Brands Hatch as Scott Redding crowned 2019 British Superbike Champ
Ducati UK | Sunday 20 October 2019
Ducati dominate at Brands Hatch as Scott Redding crowned 2019 British Superbike Champion
Ducati riders dominated the final triple-header round of 2019 British Superbike Championship, claiming three all-Ducati podiums.
The opening triple-header race at Brands Hatch saw Be Wiser Ducatiís Josh Brookes make a clean get away to lead from pole onboard his Panigale V4 R.
Meanwhile teammate Scott Redding had his work cut out in his bid for victory after a fuelling issue in Q3 saw him forced to start from the 3rd row of the grid.
Tommy Bridewell started from 4th, but the Oxford Racing Ducati rider had soon despatched several riders and was closing down race leader Brookes and setting up a thrilling race until the red flag came out due to track contamination.
The restarted 12-lap race saw Brookes and Bridewell start from 1st and 2nd respectively, while Redding lined up in in 7th. Once again Brookes got away well to lead with Bridewell chasing him down in 2nd.
By half-race distance Bridewell was half a second behind leader Brookes, whilst having built a 4.7s lead over the chasing pack of which included Redding in 6th.
Brookes went on to take the chequered flag in dominant fashion, with Bridewell 2nd and Redding claiming 3rd for another all-Ducati podium.
Brookes led from pole once more and initially gapped the field, with Bridewell soon making it a Ducati 1-2 out at the front. Behind them Scott Redding was charging through the field from 8th, moving into 3rd on Lap 7.
Redding then set about closing the gap to Brookes and Bridewell, passing the latter into Paddock Hill Bend for 2nd on Lap 18. A thrilling final lap saw a similar move on his teammate, but Brookes fought back immediately to regain and hold the lead and take the chequered flag, with Redding and Bridewell locking out the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Brookes got the holeshot from pole-sitter Tommy Bridewell to lead for the entirety of the race and take the chequered flag. He was kept honest throughout the race by Tommy Bridwell who pushed him all the way, with the Oxford Racing Ducati rider finishing 2nd.
The championship title came down to this final race, but Brookesí triple win was not enough to make up for his points deficit to teammate Scott Redding, whose 3rd place finish was enough to see him crowned 2019 British Superbike Champion in his rookie season at a packed Brands Hatch.
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati #45)
2019 British Superbike Championship Winner
Race 1 Ė 3rd, Race 2 Ė 2nd, Race Ė 3rd
ďAfter a few lean years, we came here to try and win the championship and we did it! It means so much to me to win this and I canít thank everyone enough for all their support and it feels so good to have so many people behind me. I had a small problem in todayís second race and had to be so gentle on the bike and simply concentrated on finishing in third. In the first race today, I felt really comfortable and felt I could have a go at winning as thatís always my goal so I had a go on the last lap although I knew Josh would come straight back at me. The last thing I wanted to do was crash and I was very mindful of the fact I needed to finish so took the second place. Iím over the moon to have won the BSB Championship and weíre going to have a big party ! tonight!Ē
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati #26)
2019 British Superbike Championship Ė 2nd place
Race 1 Ė 1st, Race 2 Ė 1st, Race 3 Ė 1st
ďI came here with the objective of winning all three races and thatís exactly what Iíve done so I canít not be happy with how this weekend has gone, itís ultimately elsewhere where Iíve lost out on the championship.
A championship is judged on the whole year, not just one weekend and there are opportunities at every round to get points. There hasnít been any time this year though where I donít think I could have done better but I canít deny the fact Iím disappointed not to be returning in 2020 with the number one plate! Iím looking forward to next season and although Scott wonít be figuring, thereíll always be someone to step up and thereíll be plenty more challenges ahead.
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati #46)
2019 British Superbike Championship Ė 3rd place
Race 1 Ė 2nd, Race 2 Ė 3rd, Race 3 Ė 2nd
"We started the season with the intention of winning the championship, all in all to be fair to the team for where we have come from, to be fighting for the championship going into the last round is a massive achievement. I am super proud of my achievement and the teams, we donít really feel like we have put a foot wrong and proud of what we have achieved as a small team. The yearís been fun and I am sad to see it finish, now we have time to analyse things over the winter, where the bike, the team and I can improve as a rider and come back stronger next year. This year we didnít expect to be so dominant and fighting for podiums, for next year we will looking to win the championship and race wins from round 1, so looking forward to putting that into practice. I have come back from some hard times, with teams and 2007 losing Ollie and it is unbelievably hard to come back from that but I try and use that as a strength.Ē
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