Scott Redding managed to stop Jonathan Rea from winning his sixth title at Magny Cours by winning Race 2.
It was a masterclass in the wet, Scott Redding dominated the race to take the win, moving Rea out of the way into the jaws of Loris Baz and Chaz Davies, Davies was able to hold Rea in fourth place whilst Redding won, pushing the championship back to Estoril in two weeks time. Redding was elated by the win, winning in tricky conditions which he is not used to on the WorldSBK spec Ducati.
“It was nice to win, I feel like I can breathe, I won a race in a condition I was not comfortable with (rain).” Said Redding. “I found it hard as there was no drive forward [progression] until the Superpole race where I felt fast, I found two places [on track] where I was losing speed, so I asked the team to fix this and the bike worked well, we managed to take control of the race and win.”
This inspiring performance from Redding will spur him into the races at Estoril, even if he does not win the championship, second place overall against Jonathan Rea as a rookie is an incredibly impressive achievement and should not be laughed at or mocked.
“I was very happy to win and keep the championship alive.” Continued Redding.
When asked about the championship and his chances, Redding was calm saying, “It’s one of those things, Jonathan has more pressure than me, only he can make the mistake, I go there, no one knows the track so it’ll be interesting.”
We will give everything we can and fight to the end, I won’t give up and will work hard until the final race at Estoril.”
The championship is in the hands of Rea at Estoril, Redding can win all three races but if Rea comes second just race 1, he will win the title in Race 1. In Race 1, Rea needs to outscore Redding by 3 points to take the title, a podium will be enough to secure this.
Therefore, Redding needs some sort of miracle to win the title.
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