Redding: "Fourth place not acceptable from my side" after two podium finishes

Monday, 31 August 2020 09:45 GMT

Ducati’s Scott Redding reveals what went wrong for him in Race 2 after he was unable to take three podiums out of three at Aragon

It was an up-and-down weekend for Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) after he claimed victory in Race 1 for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at MotorLand Aragon and a second place in Sunday’s Tissot Superpole Race for the Prosecco DOC Aragon Round. He followed this up with fourth place in Race 2, more than five seconds down on race winner Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).

Rea taking victory in the Tissot Superpole Race as well as Race 2 means the reigning Champion moves 10 points clear of Redding at the top of the Championship standings as the pair battle it out for the Championship. Redding has given his thoughts on his fourth-place finish, saying he is “not really happy” with it following on from two podiums earlier in the weekend,

Redding said: “In the race I struggled a lot with the grip. I couldn’t get the tyre to hook up, couldn’t get grip to go forward. I struggled from the beginning; I tried to push and push, but I just used more tyre and it wasn’t really working. Then I had a small problem at the end of the back straight, I went wide and came back. I couldn’t get the rhythm I thought I was able to go with.

“We need to do some stuff over the next couple of days to improve the bike for me. The question is over whether it’s the tyre or the bike. I felt better in yesterday’s race. Chaz was very strong today. Maybe it’s something to do with the tyre, maybe it’s the way I approached. We need to check and see. I’m not really happy with the fourth position because I can’t win the first race, be second in the Superpole Race and then finish fourth. It’s not acceptable from my side.”

Redding had secured two podiums prior to Race 2 and will be eager to use this to secure even more strong results when WorldSBK returns to MotorLand Aragon for the Pirelli Teruel Round; with back-to-back events at the Aragon circuit. With teammate Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) securing two second places during the weekend and challenging both Redding and Rea for victory, Redding will know the potential is there to claim more WorldSBK victories.

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