Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding was crowned 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Champion following a consistent performance at the final triple-header round at Brands Hatch this weekend.
The 26 year old from Quedgeley in Gloucestershire edged out Australian Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes to become the first ever rookie to win the BSB title following three calculated podium finishes to add to his 11 wins, sealing the title by five points as a result.
The former MotoGP rider, who moves into the World Superbike Championship with Ducati next season, took a second place and a brace of thirds to secure the title over two days of fine and dry weather at the Kent circuit and in front of another massive crowd.
For 36-year-old Brookes, he couldn’t have done any more as he romped to a hat-trick of wins at his favourite track to reduce the deficit from 28 points arriving at Brands Hatch. Brookes took his tally of victories to ten for the season to finish runner-up in the series.
The results saw Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team clinch their seventh BSB title and first ever one-two on their way to dominating the series with 21 wins from the 27 races. During the year, they secured no less than seven one-two finishes to be confirmed as worthy champions.
After their first and third place finishes on Saturday, the two riders followed that up with a bruising final lap to claim a thrilling first and second in Brookes’ favour in the second encounter to set up a thrilling finale.
The final race of the season saw both riders start from the front row once more with Redding needing just a fifth-place finish to take his maiden BSB crown. Brookes again grabbed the lead off the line and ultimately led from start to finish to take his 49th career win to elevate him to the third most successful rider in BSB history.
Scott Redding: “After 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 can’t thank everyone enough for all their support andit feels so good to have so many people behind me. I had a small problem in today’s 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 that’s 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. I’m over the moon to have won the BSB Championship and we’re going to have a big party tonight!”
Josh Brookes: “I came here with the objective of winning all three races and that’s exactly what I’ve done so I can’t not be happy with how this weekend has gone, it’s ultimately elsewhere where I’ve 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 hasn’t been any time this yearthough where I don’t think I could have done better but I can’t deny the fact I’m disappointed not to be returning in 2020 with the number one plate! I’m looking forward to next season and although Scott won’t be figuring, there’ll always be someone to step up and there’ll be plenty more challenges ahead.”
Johnny Mowatt, Team Co-ordinator: “I’m genuinely lost for words as it’s simply been a faultless weekend. Pole position, three wins, six podiums, another BSB title and our first ever championship one-two, whichever way you look at it, it’s been a brilliant end to what’s been a brilliant season. Scott came into the championship as a series rookie with so many new things to learn and encounter, but the outcome speaks for itself. He’s a class act and it’s been a privilege to have had him with us and fair play to Paul Bird for getting the deal over the line in the first place. Some people said it was a gamble but it’s one that has paid off in spades. He’s given the PBM team another BSB title and we wish him well now for his World Superbike Championship campaign. As for Josh, he came here to win three races which is exactly what he’s done and full credit to him for doing just that. It wasn’t quite enough to get him the number one spot, but he’ll be back fighting next year without doubt. Finally, I’ve got to pay full credit to the entire team as without them, the boys wouldn’t have had the tools to do the job so a big thank you to each and every one of them.”
Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two (20 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
2 Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
3 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati)
4 Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
5 Christian Iddon (BMW)
6 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)
Bennetts British Superbike Championship race three (20 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
2 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati)
3 Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
4 Christian Iddon (BMW)
5 Peter Hickman (BMW)
6 Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
Final Championship Standings (after 12 rounds)
1 Redding 697
2 Brookes 692
3 Bridewell 636
4 Buchan 588
5 Mackenzie 566
6 Hickman 558
Images courtesy of Double Red Photographic: Josh Brookes (25) and Scott Redding (45)