Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and race 1 at Donington Park:
World Superbike standings after an eventful first race at Donington Park:
World Superbike was twenty three laps of a rapidly cooling Donington Park, held after a minute's silence for Nicky Hayden where press and fans took to the grid to pay their respects.
Superpole one Took place at a windy but warm Donington Park, with Luke Stapleford and Federico Caricasulo in the top spots of the twenty four riders vying for promotion to Superpole two.
After the morning's rain, the sun came out for Superpole one. Roman Ramos and Eugene Laverty were favourites to advance to Sueprpole two, but with Xavi Fores behind them, nothing was certain.
Kenan Sofuoglu led Lucas Mahias at the end of the wet untimed session with Kyle Smith over half a second behind in third place. Australian wet weather specialist Ant West led early on, but once the championship contenders started finding a bit of grip, he could only manage seventh quickest.
The morning's untimed session lasted about three minutes before it started raining. Jonathan Rea got in one quick lap ahead of Tom Sykes before the pace dropped by over fifteen seconds as the conditions worsened. In the rain, Rea was still quickest, with Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier all within a few seconds.
Further rain seems likely all day.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice in Donington:
Donington Park Day One
Strong start to the weekend for Rea
World Champion leads both sessions on Friday in UK, with Sykes and wildcard Haslam also on the pace
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) enjoyed a positive day on Friday despite an uncharacteristic crash at the beginning of FP1, going on to top the timesheets in both practice sessions on the first day of the PATA UK Round.
Valentino Rossi has been sent home from hospital, after examinations revealed he was well enough to continue his recovery at from injuries sustained in a motocross accident. The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release with updates:
VALENTINO ROSSI RETURNED HOME FROM HOSPITAL
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi has left the hospital to continue his recovery process at home. The MotoGP-star was hospitalised after a motocross accident yesterday afternoon.
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 26th May 2017
PJ Jacobsen heads to Superpole with in the provisional pole position with the first 1'30 lap of the weekend. Kenan Sofuoglu, having set the fastest lap of the session six times before Jacobsen took it off him, was second quickest ahead of Gino Rea who put on a convincing show at his home round. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest, but Lucas Mahias, fifth quickest, was promoted to fourth by his morning's time.
A red flag in the middle of the session, for a crash by Zulfahmi Khairuddin, didn't cause too much of an interruption, halting proceedings by only twelve minutes.
Jonathan Rea headed an all-Kawasaki provisional front row, ahead of Tom Sykes and Donington specialist Leon Haslam. Chaz Davies was fourth quickest in the session, but Marco Melandri, unable to improve on his morning's time, set a quicker time in Free Practice one and remains above his Ducati teammate. Alex Lowes, in spite of a crash at the Melbourne Loop hairpin, was sixth quickest. Roman Ramos and Eugene Laverty just missed out on Superpole Two, ending the day eleventh and twelfth quickest overall.
Valentino Rossi appears to have emerged from his motocross accident relatively unscathed. The Movistar Yamaha team today issued a press release with a medical update, stating that the Italian appears to have suffered slight injuries to his liver and kidneys, and that this was what was causing him pain.
Rossi is currently receiving pain relief medication, and is due to undergo further routine medical checks. If those checks go as expected, he should be released from hospital later on Friday.
Almost a quarter of a second quicker than second-quickest PJ Jacobsen, reigning World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weeekend quickest. Championship leader Lucas Mahias was third quickest, ahead of Kyle Smith and wildcard Joe Francis.
A very sunny opening session ended with Jonathan Rea leading his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes even though Sykes was quickest throughout most of the session. Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies were right behind their rivals with Michael van der Mark in fifth, in spite of a late crash. Wildcard Leon Haslam, current leader in the British Superbike championship, ended the session sixth quickest.
The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release on Valentino Rossi's injury. A new updated is expected on Friday:
VALENTINO ROSSI RECOVERING FROM MOTOCROSS INJURY
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi is recovering from a motocross training accident that occurred on Thursday evening, May 25th.
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 25th May 2017
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi was involved in a motocross training accident at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio (Pesaro Urbino, Italy), on Thursday, May 25th.