The provisional 2017 World Superbike calendar has been released, but unlike the MotoGP calendar, which is unchanged, there are a couple of minor differences to the schedule. The World Superbike class will contest 13 rounds, just as they did in 2016, spread across three continents. Sepang and Jerez have been dropped, and Portimao makes a comeback.
Donington, Great Britain
Donington Park has become the personal playground of 2013 WorldSBK champion Tom Sykes. Sykes has now claimed an incredible eight wins in a row at his home circuit, and after Sunday's races he explained how much it meant and also what it means going forward. Marcel Duinker offers his insight into whether Sykes has an advantage at Donington Park due to his riding style.
For the majority of last year PJ Jacobsen was the sole American riding in the WorldSBK paddock but last weekend the numbers swelled to three with Cameron Beaubier joining series rookie Nicky Hayden on the Superbike starting grid. The MotoAmerica champion aquitted himself well and we will assess what it means for the domestic championship.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after Sunday's races at Donington Park:
World Superbike championship standings after Race 2 at Donington Park:
World Supersport standings after Donington Park:
Donington Park had 35,058 visitors over the weekend, a vast improvement over last year, and the British fans did not lack for entertainment.
The World Supersport race was 20 laps on a cool 13°C day.
Report and results follow.
Press releases from the organizers and the teams after qualifying and race 1 at Donington Park:
World Superbike standings after the first race at Donington Park: