Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding has won the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship following impressive performances at the final round at Brands Hatch.
The 26-year-old BSB rookie from Gloucestershire managed to overcome his Australian team-mate Josh Brookes to take the title following three podiums during the triple-header weekend, winning the championship by five points. Redding, who moves to WSBK with Ducati next year, grabbed a second and a pair of third places at the storied Kent circuit.
A delighted Redding said, “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 and it 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 took to the top step of all three of the races, taking his haul of season victories to ten, and finished as the runner-up in the championship. The PBM team took their seventh BSB title, and for the first time, a one-two in the championship with 21 wins from 27 races.
Reflecting on his weekend, Brookes said, “I came here with the objective of winning all three races and that’s exactly what I’ve done so I can 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 year though 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.”
Final Championship Standings (after 12 rounds)
|1 – Redding 697|
|2 – Brookes 692|
|3 – Bridewell 636|
|4 – Buchan 588|
|5 – Mackenzie 566|
|6 – Hickman 588|