Scott Redding’ WorldSBK championship hopes suffered another blow after a race one crash at Donington Park. 

Every rider started on slick tyres after a drying line appeared for the beginning of race one. However, Redding ran slightly off-line heading down the craner curves on lap three which caused the Ducati rider to lose grip and subsequently crash out. 

It means the championship gap between Redding in third and leader Jonathan Rea is 65 points. 

Redding put his difficulties in both wet and dry conditions so far this weekend down to a lack of grip; ‘it feels like I’m on an ice-skating rink’.

"I’m just struggling for grip, I don’t really know what’s going on at the moment. Normally in the rain I’m quite strong, but it feels like I’m on an ice-skating rink out there," added Redding. 

"Guys are overtaking me and they aren’t even moving. It’s kind of hard for me. We’re doing one thing with the set up, then we’re doing another way, and it’s just trial and error all the time so I’m not really getting rhythm.

"I’m tipping into the corner and I already feel the rear sliding. As soon as I touch the throttle it’s going. 

"There’s no feeling to have grip and it’s quite difficult around a circuit like this to have no rear grip going into the corners."

Regarding the crash itself, Redding alluded to trying something the bike wasn’t capable of doing at that moment.  

"The crash was probably because I was trying to do something that the bike didn’t want to do, I had more lean angle than the other guys to try and make the same turn down at the top of Craner and that’s probably why it caught me out and the others could get away with it," he said.