Magny-Cours WSBK: Redding’s win delays Rea’s coronation

Scott Redding charged to victory in a wet World Superbike race at the Magny-Cours circuit on Sunday to take the championship fight to the final round of the season at Estoril.

Having won the opening two races of the weekend at the French venue, Jonathan Rea only needed to finish inside the top three to ensure he headed to the season finale with an unassailable margin of 62 points. 

Rea was in a prime position to achieve that feat, having qualified on pole position with Redding starting outside the front row in fourth.

However, Redding was in a league of his own in the opening stages of the race, passing Michael van der Mark at the Adelaide hairpin on the opening lap before reeling in second-placed Alex Lowes at Turn 1 on the following tour.

On lap 3, Redding lunged up the inside of Rea at the Turn 9 hairpin, forcing the Kawasaki off the racing line and clinching the lead in the process.

Second place should have been enough for Rea to seal the title, but the 33-year-old appeared to struggle for pace on a drying track and ran wide at several corners, allowing first Loris Baz and then Redding’s Ducati teammate Chaz Davies to pass him and demote him to fourth by lap 14.

Rea tried to fight back in the final five laps and brought the deficit to Davies under a second, but a mistake on Turn 1 on the penultimate tour allowed the Ducati rider to open up a gap once again.

Rea closed the gap back again on the final lap, but not sufficiently enough to attempt a move, the two crossing the line just six tenths apart after 21 laps of racing.

With Redding enjoying an untroubled run to the flag since claiming the lead on lap 3, the Ducati rider managed to delay Rea’s title coronation until the Estoril finale.

Rea, however, will still head to Portugal with a sizeable margin of 59 points, with only 62 on offer across the three races.

Between winner Redding and the battling duo of Davies and Rea, Baz finished as the top independent rider in second on the Ten Kate Yamaha, scoring a third consecutive podium finish of the weekend.

Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark finished seven seconds off the lead in fifth, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi – who ran as high as second in the early stages of the race – was sixth on the Go Eleven Ducati.

Lowes eventually finished down in seventh on the second works Kawasaki, ahead of GRT Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff and the factory M1 of Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Tom Sykes rounded out the top 10 for BMW, while the Hondas of Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista scrapped for minor points, finishing 13th and 15th respectively.

Race 2 results:

145 Scott ReddingDucati 
276 Loris BazYamaha 2.551
37 Chaz DaviesDucati 3.648
41 Jonathan ReaKawasaki 4.261
560 Michael van der MarkYamaha 7.409
621 Michael Ruben RinaldiDucati 16.505
722 Alex LowesKawasaki 19.409
831 Garrett GerloffYamaha 21.612
954 Toprak RazgatliogluYamaha 27.621
1066 Tom SykesBMW 28.079
1164 Federico CaricasuloYamaha 32.422
1220 Sylvain Barrier Ducati 41.498
1391 Leon HaslamHonda 42.450
1450 Eugene LavertyBMW 45.588
1519 Alvaro BautistaHonda 46.318
1697 Samuele CavalieriDucati 1’14.050
1753Valentin DebiseKawasaki 1’18.497
1813 Takumi TakahashiHonda 1’47.214
 12 Xavi ForesKawasaki 
 34Xavier PinsachKawasaki 
 36 Leandro MercadoDucati 
View full results

Source: Read Full Article