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I'll go out and wrap up British title, vows Redding

 

Scott Redding
Scott Redding
Andrew Irwin

By Roy Harris

Scott Redding starts odds-on favourite to lift the British Superbike Championship at a Brands Hatch triple-header this weekend in his rookie season.

The ex-MotoGP star joined the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team with the sole aim of winning this prestigious Championship, before moving up to the World Superbike Championship in 2020 with Ducati.

Redding has a 28-point lead going into the final three races at the Kent circuit and said: "I'm definitely in prime position. I have been working hard and building up so that we were strong for the showdown and now is the time."

Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell are the only two riders who can upset the odds.

In the chase for the Riders Cup - those outside the Showdown positions - Honda team-mates Xavi Fores and Andrew Irwin are separated by just five points, with Jason O'Halloran and Tyco BMW pilot Christian Iddon 19 and 20 points behind Fores respectively.

Superstock 600 riders have just one race to settle their Championship.

New Zealander Shayne Richardson leads the way on 160 points, with Ballynahinch rider Korie McGreevey just 19 in arrears. Storm Stacey is two behind the Triumph rider, while Team #109's Eunan McGlinchey has a 23-point deficit to overturn.

Jack Kennedy sealed the Supersport Championship with a round to spare, in which Alastair Seeley makes a welcome return after missing the last two rounds through injury and he would dearly love to put the EHA Yamaha on top.

Looking ahead, two top-six riders in Supersport are heading to Bishopscourt for the Sunflower next Friday and Saturday.

Harry Truelove will ride Supersport and Superbikes for McAms Yamaha at the Co Down venue, the 23-year-old Lincoln rider making his Ulster debut, while Donegal pilot Richard Kerr, a double podium finisher a year ago, rides the Campbell Motorsport Triumph in his first home appearance this year.

Meanwhile, Desertmartin is the venue for the final round of the Nutt Travel Ulster Motocross Championships tomorrow with Loughbrickland brothers John and Jason Meara vying for the Premier Adair Building Services MX1 title. John, the Irish champion, is 41 points ahead.

The provisional entry list for the 53rd Motorcycle Macau Grand Prix was released yesterday and previous winners John McGuinness (PBM Ducati), record winner Michael Rutter (MGM by Bathams Honda RC213v), Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee SMT BMW) and last year's winner Peter Hickman (MGM by Bathams BMW) are in.

Lee Johnston (Ashcourt BMW) makes his debut alongside team-mate Gary Johnson, Paul Jordan returns with the Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki, Derek Sheils rides the Burrows Engineering /RK Racing Suzuki, while Brian McCormack (ON-1 BMW), Michael Sweeney (MJR BMW) and Davy Morgan (DM71 BMW) lead the Irish contingent for the race on November 16.

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