The second half of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship gets underway this forthcoming Redding & Brookes weekend with the annual visit to the fastest circuit on the calendar where the Be Wiser Ducati team are hoping to continue their winning ways at Thruxton.
Last time out at Snetterton, four-times GP winner Scott Redding, from Quedgeley in Gloucestershire took a double victory with Aussie team-mate Josh Brookes from Bringelly in New South Wales following him home on both occasions meaning at the halfway stage in the season, Redding leads the series with Brookes in third.
Between them, both Redding and Brookes have won ten out of the last 11 races for Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team aboard their respective factory-supported Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 Rs as they look to secure their title-deciding Showdown slots but the challenges of the ultra-fast, sweeping expanses of the Hampshire track are unique. The sheer speeds, where bikes are nudging 200mph, the seemingly endless corners and track surface, combined with the expected warm weather means tyre conservation is paramount.
Just like many tracks this year, Redding arrives at Thruxton never having raced there before whilst ex-BSB champion Brookes is one of the masters of the track having won there on eight occasions and finished on the podium four more times.
Scott Redding: “It’s my local track and I’m looking forward to racing at Thruxton. I’ve never raced there before, and it looks really fast so again I have to be on top of my game from the first session to learn what I need to. I know this circuit holds some unique challenges as I need to use my tyres sensibly and we need to ensure that we have a good set up for some of the fast corners. But after Snetterton, I’m feeling confident and there’s no reason we can’t do OK as we need as many Podium Points as possible from now on.”
Josh Brookes: “I always enjoy racing at Thruxton and over the years, I’ve had some great results there. Redding & Brookes I don’t know if I like the place because I get good results, or I get good results because I like the place. It’s unique and you have to conserve your tyres so it’s all about managing your pace throughout the race. I should have been happy with a double podium at Snetterton but I’m not so the plan this weekend is to get two more wins under my belt to score some more important Podium Points as the Showdown is only a couple of rounds away after this weekend.”
Johnny Mowatt, Team Co-ordinator: “The double one-two which we achieved at Snetterton will take some matching, especially around Thruxton which always presents unique challenges. Scott knows it’s not going to be easy, so we need to ensure he gets the most from every session in order to give him the best chance of success. Josh, meanwhile, has a brilliant record around Thruxton so will be determined to get back to winning ways. It’s a great position to be in to have won all but three races in the first half of the season but the hard work to get the riders into the Showdown really starts here.”