Scott Redding has officially left Ducati for BMW following the WorldSBK season finale ten days ago, a final round in which winning was at the height of his priorities.
And although Redding failed to accomplish that goal in either of the two races, race two demonstrated just what he and the team will be without next season.
After a tough opening few rounds, Redding was as good and consistent as any rider over the last few rounds, except for 2021 world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu.
From Assen onwards, Redding won five races - the same number as Jonathan Rea, while also taking 16 podiums from 22 races - again joint second with Rea.
In his final race for Ducati, Redding prodcued a titanic 12 lap showdown with Rea which eventually resulted in the Kawasaki rider getting the win, a victory that Redding desperately wanted to give to the Italian manufacturer.
Speaking after his final race for Ducati, Redding added: "I would have loved to have won. I pushed so hard because I wanted to win one more time with them, that was my goal.
"In the end I tried and they saw the heart and the passion I had which is important. I showed it all of this year, all of last year and what I’m capable of and I will never give up. I gave that to them.
"The season was good. There were a couple of mistakes from my side and also from the team which kind of cost me the championship.
"You need a bit of luck to also win a title and I just didn’t really have that. It was not bad, but it cost me a lot in the beginning which meant I was playing catch-up.
"But this is how it goes and in the end I’m just happy to take top three in the championship. Also to fight again in the last two races was good. So I’m happy."