Scott Redding claimed victory in the Tissot Superpole Race but was unable to make it a Sunday double as he finished third in Race 2
Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati) could not have had a better start to Sunday action at MotorLand Aragon for the Pirelli Teruel Round as he bounced back from a crash on Saturday to take Tissot Superpole Victory in MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship but he was unable to replicate that in Race 2 as he finished in third place, losing more ground in the standings.
Redding’s crash on Saturday paired with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) finishing in second place in Race 1 meant Redding went into Sunday’s action 30 points behind the reigning Champion. Victory in the Tissot Superpole Race meant that gap came down to 27 points, but Rea was able to extend it again after Race 2; with Redding and Rea battling in the early stages of the race before Rea was able to get past.
Discussing his Sunday, Redding said: “It was a really hard weekend for us, to be honest. We struggled a bit here at Aragon. That was a shame we had two races at the same circuit as it’s really difficult if you can’t get a good setting with the bike. I tried something different again. I tried to use the SCX tyre, but it doesn’t last the race with a bigger rider, it’s unfair.
“Jonny used the SC0 and I was debating but I needed the SCX, like Rinaldi, to make the bike work. That’s why I could win the Superpole Race. I tried but it didn’t work. Finishing on the podium is always nice for the team but I’m just giving away too much at the moment. We have some races left and I really need to find something with the bike so we can fight to win. I need to win a lot of the last races.”
Redding will be looking to score some good results in the next round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a circuit he has raced at in MotoGP™ between 2014 and 2018, a circuit where he scored a top eight finish in 2015 after finishing seventh. This will give the British rider confidence as he looks to start eating into Rea’s Championship lead.
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