British Superbike Championship leader Scott Redding ready for Snetterton meeting
Bennetts British Superbike Championship newcomer Scott Redding arrives in Snetterton this weekend leading the standings after an impressive start to the season.
Redding registered a triple win at Donington Park and picked up enough points to propel him into first place at the halfway stage at the Norfolk circuit.
MotoGP convert Redding has admitted he is still getting used to a new bike and tyres, plus circuits where he has never raced before.
But after just five rounds, he has settled into the championship and is battling hard to hang on to the top spot despite strong challenges from Tommy Bridewell on a privateer Ducati and Be Wiser team-mate Josh Brookes.
All three riders are on the same bike, so it’s an even playing field when it comes to the racing machinery.
Redding and Bridewell, who has yet to win a race this season despite a clutch of podium finishes, are separated by just four points at the top of the table, having traded places after the last round at Knockhill.
Meanwhile, 2015 champion Brookes is 27 points astray in third but has proved ultra-consistent this season.
Redding said: “It depends on the conditions, the circuit, the circumstance but my goal is always to go for a podium.
“Regardless of a new track or a track that I know, and when you are in a position for a podium most of the time in BSB you can fight for a win, so I just do not need to put pressure on myself.
“I still love going to a new track, I cannot wait to do it again at Snetterton, it is hard because you never know how you will adapt to a circuit but I feel like I have got the harder ones out the way. Snetterton should suit my style so I can’t wait to get started.”
Snetterton will see the finale of the new Integro Triple Crown, a three-round contest with a £75,000 bounty for any rider who can register six wins – or a reduced cash prize for four or five wins.
Only Brookes is in with a chance of scooping a cash prize, having won twice at Brands Hatch. Two more wins would be enough to secure a £30,000 jackpot.
The Norfolk venue is one of the best circuits in the country for spectators, with raised viewing banks and big screens on main raceday providing a superb visitor experience.
The weekend features two headline Bennetts BSB races on Sunday plus support action from Dickies British Supersport Championship, British Sidecars and the Ducati TriOptions Cup.
Fans can also take part in the free pit walk on Sunday to meet all the riders, and signing sessions across the weekend will give more opportunity for selfies and autographs.
The Monster Energy round of the season will also feature the ‘rig riots’ and lively entertainment with competitions and rider appearances.