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Redd-hot hat-trick at Donny.

Byline: ZOE BURN

SCOTT REDDING took charge of the British Superbike Championship with a Donington Park hat-trick.

The ex-MotoGP star had been under big pressure to deliver on the track where he won his first 125cc Grand Prix race.

But he silenced his critics with a perfect three-out-ofthree and said: "Get me a beer, it's a Bank Holiday.

"I'm not going to lie, I did say to myself every day since Oulton, 'I can win at Donington'. I had that feeling I could do it.

"I put pressure on myself but it made me hungry.

"This is what I go racing for. To do the triple was phenomenal."

The Ducati rider took the first win on Saturday after forcing his way through from sixth to beat McAMS Yamaha's Taz Mackenzie.

The 26-year-old started yesterday's first race from eighth but dropped to 11th on the opening lap before charging through the pack, taking the lead on lap 18 as rain hit to take the win.

The third win came after a front-row start, and he took the lead into the first corner, before dropping to second when passed by Honda's Xavi Fores.

Redding's team-mate Josh Brookes led for a few laps but keen to make it three in a row, he pounced on lap nine and led all the way to the flag.

Former World Superbike rider Fores celebrated his best weekend yet with two seconds and a third.

"I did not expect three podiums in a row," he said.

Redding leads the title race by six points from Tommy Bridewell with Tarran Mackenzie a point further back.

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DOMINANT Scott Redding

UNBEATABLE Redding won all three races at Donington

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 27, 2019
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