The Kawasaki ace Rea suffered a crash at Coppice on the 11th of lap 23 of the second long distance race of the WSBK British round, shortly after overtaking Razgatlioglu’s Yamaha to reclaim first place.
The 34-year-old managed to reclaim a 19th place after getting back on the bike, enduring his first non-points of the year, while Yamaha man Razgatlioglu claimed his third victory in four races to take the lead. of the rank. .
It was the second time this season that the six-time WSBK champion made an unusual mistake while running close to the front, after suffering a major moment on his Kawasaki in Misano last month while chasing Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s Ducati for the win .
Last year’s runner-up Redding believes Rea’s downfall was due to pressure from Razgatlioglu after moving from sixth to second in the first round, and he could potentially benefit from their clashes in track in the future.
“Toprak seems to be pretty consistent, and from what I could see, it looked like Jonathan had made a mistake under pressure from Toprak,” Redding said. “What’s going to happen now?” In the worst case, I’m here to pick up the pieces.
“Now there’s someone else in the mix to ruffle Jonathan’s feathers, and it’s going to be hard for him to accept, because it’s the first time… I say that, he did a error in Misano because he was pushing; he couldn’t escape and get his rhythm; could not win races.
“Here [in Donington he] was not struggling, but he was under pressure. It won’t be easy for him. “
Ducati has suffered its worst weekend of the 2021 season so far at Donington, with none of its factory or satellite riders able to finish on the podium.
Redding himself could pull off a better fourth place finish in the final meet of the weekend, having retired from Race 1 with a fall on the high side and struggling to finish 18th in the Superpole race after having chose to run on a wet but dry track.
This allowed Razgatlioglu and Rea to stand out from the rest of the field in the championship standings, with Redding now sitting 66 points behind the Yamaha rider – and just three points ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes.
However, the British rider is convinced he is not yet out of the championship fight, with nine of 13 rounds remaining this season.
“The goal is always the championship,” he said. “In WSBK, there are a lot more points [per weekend] offered only in MotoGP. So if the gap is 60 points, you can almost get it back in a weekend if there is a disaster and you are having a good weekend. He just looks fat.
“It will be difficult, but I don’t mean it’s impossible.”
Expanding on Ducati’s recent struggles, Redding believes some of the Italian brand’s rivals have taken a big step forward over the winter, meaning he gets more punished every time he has a weekend. difficult end.
“The problem seems to be that the setting we used in Estoril doesn’t work in Misano, and the Misano setting doesn’t work in Donington, so it’s still luck of the draw when you go out in FP1, that this is [the set-up] will work or not ”, explained the Briton.
“Last year, the bike was more user-friendly, a little more forgiving. Now, that’s either fine or it doesn’t work at all, and there is no in-between.
“I think it’s also due to the fact that other manufacturers have improved their game since last year. Yamaha seems to have taken a step, we can see that they have improved and that they are consistent.
“BMW has taken a small step, so when we have a bad day they are on our heels or they get in between us. [and Razgatlioglu/Rea], which places us from third to fifth.
Scott Redding, Aruba.It Racing – Ducati
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