Championship leader Redding relishing Snetterton challenge
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Scott Redding heads into the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship leading the standings by just four points as the former MotoGP contender bids to add to his winning tally at Snetterton.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider was victorious last time out at Knockhill in Scotland to claw ahead of Tommy Bridewell in the championship standings ahead of the next two races of the season in Norfolk, still getting to grips with the Superbike after racing prototype motorcycles in the World Championship.
"I am setting in with the bike and the championship," reflected Redding. "A lot of people didn't believe that I could be competitive at Knockhill so it fuelled me up a bit more to do something special and to come away with all those normal results in the weekend was good, so to be leading the Championship is a nice bonus."
Redding has been adapting to the new Ducati in addition to learning the new circuits as he lines up against his rivals who have years of experience on the British tracks, but this is something the 26-year-old has been enjoying as a new challenge.
"I still love going to a new track and I can't wait again to get to Snetterton," added Redding. "It is hard because you never know how you will adapt to the circuit but I feel like I have got the harder ones out of the way. Snetterton should suit my style and it is just that drive in my stomach to do it the first time I go to a circuit and that is what really motivates me."
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Redding has delivered an impressive performance so far this season; notching up four race wins and a further three podium finishes, and the former Grand Prix racer admits that it is an incredible feeling to be back fighting at the front.
"The season so far has pictured out the way I maybe expected, but I didn't really expect to have won as many races as I have so far," reflected Redding. "I am surprising myself a little bit but I believe that has come from confidence and believing in myself again, which is something that I had lost and it has kind of given me a second gear.
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"That is an amazing feeling and the problem is when you have a couple of bad years in racing you can get down and then you show that you can do it and believe that you can do it and that is the strongest thing that a rider can have in his pocket - I go to races now more relaxed and confident."
Redding claimed his first win in Bennetts BSB at a circuit he knew well from his time in the World Championship, Donington Park, but he has since backed up his winning credentials with victory at Knockhill; a completely new circuit for him. Now he is ready to try and repeat the feat at Snetterton.
"My goal is always to go for a podium regardless of a new track or a track that I know," said Redding. "When you are in a position for a podium most of the time in BSB you can fight for a win, so I just don't need to put pressure on myself.
"I have been enjoying the racing in BSB, me and Danny [Buchan] had a couple of good battles over the weekend at Knockhill, it was clean and good racing. It was action-packed and I feel the vibe the riders are giving for the fans to watch, so to be stuck in with that is something really great to be part of."