World Supersport was held over twenty dry laps and did not disappoint.
Qualifying for the races at Donington Park had a favourite turn up with cracked ribs, a team rivalry coming to boil, a handful of fast wild cards on 600s and the home race for almost every man who has stood on the Superbike podium this year. The short track, a fast and sweeping vintage racetrack leading to a chicane followed by a brace of hairpins, was the site of the first ever World Superbike and, after missing a few years due to a failed improvement, it is once more the regular UK round.
Press releases from the teams and series organizers after qualifying at Donington Park:
World Supersport qualifying took place in 16°C English weather and the session was peppered with a handful of crashes but no injuries.
Kenan Sofuoglu heads the session as wildcard Kyle Ryde goes second-quickest ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti and wildcard Luke Stapleford. Jules Cluzel was unable to beat his best time from yesterday, second quickest of the weekend, suffering from mechanical problems that held him back to fifth quickest. Third quickest wildcard Samuel Hornsey held off series regulars PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith with the sixth quickest time of the morning.
Press releases from the series organizers and World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Donington Park:
With the benefit of a full session, Jules Cluzel posted a quicker lap his title rival Kenan Sofuoglu, although Sofuoglu's blistering time from this morning still stands as the fastest lap of the weekend. Luke Stapleford and Kyle Ryde continue to leverage their local knowledge, posting third and fourth quickest times ahead of PJ Jacobsen.
Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weekend in dominant style, leading the session by over a second, ahead of PJ Jacobsen, wildcard rider Kyle Ryde and Jules Cluzel. Wildcards Luke Stapleford and Samuel Hornsey were fifth and sixth with Andy Reid, replacing Film Wilairot, in tenth place.
Press release previews from the WSBK teams and series organizers ahead of this weekend's World Superbike round at Donington Park:
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Imola:
World Supersport has given us close races all year, and this weekend in Imola would be no different.
Press releases from the series organizer and from some of the teams after qualifying for Sunday's World Superbike and World Supersport races at Imola:
The weather in Italy was as one can expect this time of year, with 25ºC sunshine and fluffy Poplar seeds in the air.