Press releases from the organizers and the teams after qualifying and race 1 at Donington Park:
Magnificent Seventh for Sykes
KRT rider takes Race 1 as the drama unfolds around him
Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes has taken victory in Race 1 at Donington Park, his seventh in a row at his home track. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano came home in P2 and reigning Champion Jonathan Rea completed the podium in third in a drama-filled race.
Ducati rider Chaz Davies got the best launch off the line in Race 1 from the middle of the front row, diving down the inside to take polesitter Tom Sykes into Turn 1 and leading the pack in the initial stages. After a mistake from Sykes saw the Yorkshireman demoted down to P4, the two Ducatis were chased by Jonathan Rea for the lead, with Sykes fighting to recover.
Drama for both the Race and title fight hit soon after as Davies lost the front end of his Ducati, sliding out of the lead and leaving teammate Davide Giugliano to fend off the KRT attack led by Rea. The reigning Champion then made a mistake of his own at T12 and found himself chasing down a five second gap to the frontrunners, first getting past Lorenzo Savadori.
As Davies fought back into the top ten and then suffered another crash to end his race early, Tom Sykes caught Giugliano and a close battle ensued for a number of laps, with the Yorkshireman eventually taking over at the front and making the move stick. The six-time winner at Donington then concentrated on making a gap and crossed the line 2.8 seconds clear of the Italian to take his seventh win in a row at the Derbyshire track. Defending title holder Rea completed the podium in third after some difficult moments that saw the reigning Champion unable to close down on the two leaders.
Lorenzo Savadori, after an incredible front row start on his Aprilia, rode a solid race until a mistake in the last few laps saw him caught by Nicky Hayden and Leon Camier and the Italian got bumped down to P6. MV Agusta rider Camier fought with the American in Camier’s home race, eventually diving up the inside and just beating Hayden over the line. Sepang winner Nicky Hayden, after graduating from Superpole 1, struggled for pace throughout some sessions, before finding good consistency in the race and moving up from his grid spot.
Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres, after a good start, then found himself hunted down by Honda rider Michael van der Mark as the Dutchman fought back from a difficult qualifying. Only separated by two tenths for a number of laps, Spaniard Torres just held off the attack of the Honda rider as the pair crossed the line in P7 and P8 respectively.
Karel Abraham came home in the top ten for Milwaukee BMW in their home race, ahead of Pedercini replacement rider Ant West, who completed the top ten despite contact with Alex De Angelis as the San Marinese rider tried a move up the inside. Cameron Beaubier, after an impressive qualifying as replacement rider at Pata Yamaha, sadly crashed out and will be hoping to make amends in Race 2 and come home in the points.
Race 2 begins on Sunday at 15:00 local time (GMT +1), as the battle rages once again.
#UKWorldSBK at Donington: Race 1
1. Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing - Ducati + 2.869
3. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team + 9.808
Battling Win For Sykes As Rea Earns Third Place
As the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship season reached the halfway point today there was reasons for celebration for both Donington Park race one winner Tom Sykes and his third placed KRT team-mate Jonathan Rea. Sykes’ win gave the new model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R its eighth the win of the season and Rea continued his immaculate 100% podium finish record in 2016.
With Sykes having taken his 35th career Superpole success just a few hours before the first race of the Donington weekend he lined up at the head of the front row, with fourth place qualifier Rea one row behind.
From the flag the action started early, with a few hard passes being put in during the first few laps, helping to leave Sykes fourth on lap two. Rea was up to second by lap seven but he ran on, for the first time, after finding a false neutral.
As the race progressed Sykes moved forward, despite having some small issues of his own to deal with, and ended up passing long-time leader Davide Giugliano on lap 17. He fought with the Italian rider for a while but extended his pace to win by a clear 2.889 seconds after 23 busy laps.
This was Tom’s seventh straight win at Donington and his third race victory of the season on the new model Ninja ZX-10R.
Rea ran out third, 9.808 seconds down, after his earlier issues and despite having the pure pace to challenge all the way to the flag.
With championship second place runner Chaz Davies crashing out of the race, Rea has a 58 point lead as he approaches tomorrow’s second day of Donington race action, while Sykes is still overall third and now only three points behind Davies at the halfway point of the year.
The second Donington 23-lap race is scheduled for 15.00 local UK time on Sunday 29th May.
Tom Sykes stated: “I have no real reason why I have won so much at Donington Park but what makes it more rewarding today is that I had to fight for it. I got a good start but a couple of the guys really made some strong passes to get in front. I am sure if we could have had some good steady laps at the beginning we also would have had good pace - but I am happy that I had to fight for it. I had some issues myself from the bike, which is unusual, but the good thing is that even considering these I dug deep and came out with 25 points. After six laps I could understand what was going on and I thought it would be very difficult, maybe impossible to win. We kept plugging away and I had to manage the bike a bit differently in some areas to compensate. Overall I am really happy to win and the plan tomorrow is to be stronger, safer and more consistent.”
Jonathan Rea stated: “My bike felt really good in the beginning of the race but near the end I started to lose some grip from the rear and suffered a little bit turning into the corners. I found neutral five times in the race and two times at the final corner I ran onto the gravel, and then had to turn around on the access road. Also in the Melbourne loop I used all of the track surface just to stay on the track. It was affecting my confidence a little bit so I started to roll of the gas and make sure I did not make any more mistakes. It is frustrating for me because at some points of the race I could see my pace was even faster than the front two guys. I was closing in on them after my first mistake. I consolidated my podium so I am happy for that but a bit frustrated that we could not fight at least Tom and Davide at the front at the end of the race.”
Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Team Kawasaki) placed tenth after a tough but rewarding race, with returnee from injury Roman Ramos (Go Eleven Team Kawasaki) also scoring points in 13th place. For the second time in 2016 Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) took a point for 15th place. Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team Kawasaki) was 17th and Sheridan Morais (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) was unable to race through injury.
Second place for Davide Giugliano in Race 1 in Donington, a crash forces Davies to retire
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team further extended its podium streak with Davide Giugliano’s second place in WorldSBK Race 1 in Donington (U.K.). Chaz Davies, who took the “holeshot” to lead the race in the early phases, was unfortunately forced to retire for the first time this year due to a double crash.
Davies and Giugliano quickly took first and second position at the start of the race and set the pace after taking the second and fifth spot on the grid in Superpole. During the sixth lap, a low-speed crash in the final corner caused Davies to lose ground and rejoin the race in 16th position with Giugliano taking the lead. The Italian progressively pulled away from the pack together with Sykes, leading the race until six laps to go and finishing in second place to seal his second consecutive podium after Race 2 in Malaysia. Davies, who fiercely climbed back through the field until he reached ninth position, unluckily crashed again at turn 8, this time without being able to rejoin the race. The Welshman is still second in the championship with 215 points while Giugliano moves up to fourth with 138 points. Race 2 is scheduled for 3 p.m. local time (CET -1) tomorrow.
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) – 2nd
“It was a hard race, as it was difficult to manage both the tyres and the energy. The battle with Sykes was both fair and fun though. We’ve been practically tied the whole race. I was expecting him to drop the pace a little, but he was faster in the final laps and when I tried to match him I realized that it would have been too risky, so now we’ll evaluate some small changes to our setup together with the team to improve in the last phase of the race. It’s certainly positive to step back on the podium after Malaysia, but we’re still not taking advantage of 100 percent of our potential and we don’t want to settle.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – Ret.
“I’m obviously disappointed. We’ve been playing catch up and we went into the race still trying to figure out our chances after missing out on some precious time during practice. Friday plays a big part in setting up the bike and choosing the right tyre, and unfortunately we couldn’t take full advantage of it, so the plan was to get a good feel for the bike lap after lap and gauge our opportunities. Perhaps of choice for the front tyre wasn’t the best, but that’s not what caused the crash. In both cases, when I released the brake, the front unloaded a bit too quickly. Still, it was good to lead for a while, and we’ll start from that to bounce back tomorrow.”
Ernesto Marinelli, Superbike Project Director
“It was undoubtedly a bittersweet race. On the one hand, we’re very happy for Davide, who confirmed his positive momentum after Malaysia taking second place again and getting progressively closer to the victory, which he barely missed today. On the other hand, we’re sorry for Chaz as one DNF is a hard blow in this phase of the championship, but it’s useless to dwell on the past and we need to look forward to have a strong reaction tomorrow. Both our riders have shown the potential to be extremely competitive, so I’m confident we can put all the pieces of the puzzle together to improve ahead of Race 2.”
Top-5 finish for Hayden and the Honda WorldSBK Team in race one at Donington
Round 7 – UK
Donington Park, United Kingdom
Nicky Hayden crossed the line in fifth at the end of the 23-lap, opening race of the UK round, which is currently underway at Donington Park. In what was another sunny day in central England, his Honda WorldSBK teammate Michael van der Mark claimed an eighth place finish after a good comeback from twelfth position on the grid.
Hayden did not get the perfect launch from his seventh place in qualifying and was caught up in a three-way battle for sixth place, while in the meantime the front-runners were already pulling away. During lap six, the experienced American rider make a successful pass on Torres for seventh place at Coppice 1, before being promoted to sixth as Davies crashed at ‘Goddards’. Despite overtaking Camier during the tenth lap, Nicky had the Briton on his tail until the final stages of the race: he eventually lost fourth place on the penultimate lap but was able to hold on to fifth up to the chequered flag.
Michael van der Mark had a challenging first part of the encounter due to his poor grid position. Starting from twelfth place, the young Dutchman was able to put together a solid race and, as the race entered its final third, he was one of the quickest riders on track. He eventually bridged the gap with the group ahead, although he could not get past Torres and had to settle for eighth.
The second and final race of the UK Round will get underway tomorrow at 3pm, after the 15-minute warm up scheduled at 9:50 (GMT+1).
Nicky Hayden 69
A top 5 finish is always a solid result, surely not a disaster, although after tasting a little bit of victory in Malaysia it feels a bit empty for sure. I have to thank the team because they worked really well; last night we took our time, went through everything and straight away this morning the bike was better. I was able to make it through Superpole 1 and get a decent starting position, but unfortunately I couldn’t get a good getaway. I had some inconsistency at the start and we need to understand why. Overall the bike was working well; I would have liked to be a little bit quicker but I got great positives out of the new tyre we used for the first time today; my pace was very consistent throughout the whole race, so thanks to Pirelli for that.
Michael van der Mark 60
This morning we tried something on the bike which didn’t work out and in Superpole the feeling was just not there, so unfortunately I couldn’t do better than twelfth. In the race, after a good start I had a small electronics issue in the early stages that cost me some time and a couple of places, too. I was able to get up to speed again and make up some places, but in the end I couldn’t attack the rider in front of me and had to settle for eighth place. The main goal for tomorrow is to find some more grip with the new tyres; if we can manage to do that, then our second race can be much better.
This morning we tried with Nicky a new linkage that was designed especially for low-grip conditions and it worked out well. That helped Nicky advancing to Superpole 2 and getting a third row start for the race. We knew it was going to be difficult and we weren't wrong; the front-runners pulled away immediately and he got caught up in battle for fourth. Michael was able to join that group in the final laps despite a small problem in the early stages and, just like Nicky, he had a great pace in the second half of the race, which is very encouraging for us. Now we need to review the data and come up with some more changes. If we can improve out pace a little bit more and get a good start, we'll be in the right conditions to do well.
Donington Round Race1, Savadori ends in sixth place, a crash stops the Alex De Angelis race
Donington, May 28, 2016 - The first race of the Donington World Superbike round ended with a tally in half for the Iodaracing Team. Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis have sought to exploit the full potential of their Aprilia RSV4RF to get the best possible results thanks to the excellent results in Superpole.
Starting from the front row with the third fastest lap time, Lorenzo Savadori fought for the podium in the first part of the race, also helped by an error made by Chaz Davies before and another mistake made by Jonathan Rea after, but at the end of the race, the Italian rider had the possibility to fight for fourth place in the group consisting of Nicky Hayden and Leon Camier. Despite an attempt to gain positions in the final laps, Lorenzo Savadori ended Race 1 at Donington in sixth place, proving to be on the right track to solve its problems in the second half of the race.
Decidedly different the final of the Alex De Angelis race. The San Marino rider crashed to the fourteenth lap for a contact with another driver while he was fighting for the top ten. De Angelis, who started from the fifth row with the thirteenth time, after he leaves the grid immediately he was placed in the group of pursuers in order to get into the top 10. The San Marino rider, who had a good pace, not far from that of the riders who were fighting for the podium, first suffered the overtake by Davies and later by West which, however, went wide in turn, closed its trajectory while De Angelis was passing. The contact between the two bikes, while De Angelis was still in front of and on the ideal line, caused the crash of the Iodaracing rider.
At the end of Race 1 at Donington, the World Superbike Championship sees Lorenzo Savadori in ninth place with 76 points and Alex De Angelis in fourteenth place with 41 points.
LORENZO SAVADORI # 32 - Donington Race1 - 6th - "For me that today was a good race. At one point I was even close to the third position, but only for a Rea mistake. Maybe that was not exactly our position today, however, the positive thing is that we had a good pace, but in the early laps where I could not feel very well the bike. From mid-race onwards, however, I start to feel better the bike, but we had some difficulty because of some wobbling movements. Towards the final stages of the race, Rea was in front of me made a straight and I seemed to be able to recover a bit 'on him, I tried to attack him, but I also went a bit 'longer. Then came Camier and Hayden on the penultimate lap and I tried to take a position, attempting an entry of Hayden but I could not do anything. Despite all it was a good race. It is not yet as I would like but we did better than usual in the second half of the race and for this I thank you for the good work done, Aprilia and Iodaracing Team ".Your text caption goes here. You can change the position of the caption and set styles in the block’s settings tab.
ALEX DE ANGELIS #15 - Donington Race1 - DNF - "The race was not going badly for me, but as usual when starting so far back you can not take the step that you would like and I was a bit 'more than to drivers who I had close. Then when Davis passed me, he has also overtook West which went wide. At that point I did not do nothing but follow the ideal line in inner curve and West returned to the trajectory, and I fell. I am convinced that the West did not do it on purpose, I do not know if he saw me before returning in line or not, surely he had notice of me when our motorcycle collided. I'm sorry because competition in the top 10 would be a good result considering that my pace was good and maybe I could follow Davies for a few laps. "
Torres and the Althea BMW Racing Team seventh in Race 1 at Donington; De Rosa scores Stock1000 pole
Donington Park (UK), Saturday 28 May 2016:
The Althea BMW Racing Team riders Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger concluded race 1 at Donington Park in seventh and eleventh place respectively today. Raffaele De Rosa consolidated yesterday’s impressive performance, qualifying in pole for tomorrow’s Stock1000 race.
STK1000 - qualifying: De Rosa once again demonstrated to be at ease on the English track today. During this morning's qualifying session, which took place in dry conditions, the Althea BMW rider completed a total of fourteen laps. Proving to have a consistently fast pace, his best lap, set in 1’29.515, saw him repeat yesterday’s excellent performance, allowing him to conclude in first place and thus scoring his first pole position in the Stock1000 category.
Superpole 1: A difficult qualifying session for German rider Reiterberger today. During the 15 minutes available to him, Markus completed seven laps, the fastest of which was a 1’29.406. This result placed him ninth at the end of the session, which translated into row seven, and nineteenth place, on the race grid.
Superpole 2: Torres first completed two laps on the race tyre before returning to the track on the qualifier. With the soft tyre he was able to improve on his time by a good seven tenths, setting a best of 1’28.046 to quality on row two, in sixth, for the two races.
SBK - Race 1: From sixth on the grid, Torres oscillated between sixth and seventh place through the opening laps, chasing Camier and Hayden immediately ahead of him. Thanks to a consistent pace, but one that was also very similar to the riders lapping in front of him, the Spaniard maintained seventh position all the way to the line, bringing home 8 important championship points.
Reiterberger, caught up in traffic off the line, was lying sixteenth at the end of lap one. Gradually getting into a rhythm, the young German made up some places through the central part of the race and was lying fourteenth. Giving it his all right to the line, Markus gained another three positions in the final phase to cross the line well inside the points zone, in eleventh position.
“Today didn’t go too badly. I think we made a good step in Superpole, with the qualifying tyre, which is important. In the race I made a good start and got into a rhythm after a few laps, but unfortunately after maybe seven laps or so, I started to notice some chattering at the rear. This movement bothered me but I did what I could to continue to maintain my pace. I was able to do so, and closed in seventh. We’re not yet 100% there in terms of race pace, but we’ve learned some useful things today that we can use for tomorrow’s race.”
“Today was another tough day. We made a small adjustment on the bike but the movement and chatter remained very similar, meaning I was down in nineteenth in the Superpole. I finished eleventh in the race, making up some lost ground, but this was also due to some other riders crashing. For tomorrow we have some ideas in order to reduce the chatter and movement. I want to thank my entire team, as they are working so hard to help me through this difficult weekend. I hope we can do more tomorrow.”
Raffaele De Rosa
“I’m pleased, also because this is my first pole in the Stock1000. Yesterday everything already got off to a good start and we were out in front. Today we’ve made some small modifications which have helped us further, both in terms of the qualifying lap and our race pace. Tomorrow won’t be easy of course but I think that we’ve worked well and are in a good condition for the race.”
Disappointment at Donington for Pata Yamaha
The opening race day of the UK WorldSBK round at Donington Park proved disappointing for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK team as Alex Lowes was forced to withdraw from his home competition. After starting his debut well, new teammate Cameron Beaubier's race also ended early with a last corner accident on the opening lap.
Confident of his early progression despite the unknown tyres, track and machine, Beaubier put on a strong showing as the Superpole qualifying session began at the British circuit. Improving on his pace during the free practice sessions, the American recorded a fastest time of 1'28.617 to take ninth position and a third row start for the afternoon's 23-lap race.
Impressive off the lights, the young Yamaha rider was running sixth as his inaugural WorldSBK battle commenced and pushing hard, before a mistake at turn 12 brought his debut to an abrupt end. However, Beaubier is confident he can learn from the experiences so far and capitalise on his qualifying form as he returns to the track tomorrow for the second race, scheduled for 15:00 local time.
Following FP3, Lowes was forced to withdraw from the Donington event, due to the shoulder injury sustained at Sepang a fortnight ago. Despite receiving both physiotherapy and injections to enable him to compete in his home race, the local hero was unable to ride for more than three or four laps before losing strength in his shoulder at such a physically demanding track, which caused Lowes problems in terms of controlling his YZF-R1. The decision was unanimous between himself, the Pata Yamaha Team, Race Direction and the WorldSBK medical team, and while he would have loved nothing more than to compete in front of his home fans, safety remained the prime concern.
"Superpole was kind of up and down, I felt pretty good on the race tyre that we went out on at the beginning - we ended up going on the stiffer race tyre and I felt great. I had Giugliano in front of me and I was just pacing him and trying to get a little faster, which I did - I dropped quite a bit of time and it felt awesome! Then we went on the Superpole tyre and I obviously knew that it would have more grip, but with no experience of it I just didn't trust it enough and made a couple of mistakes on my fastest lap. So I ended up going just as fast on my race tyre which was a bit frustrating, but third row on the grid was fine.
"In the race I got a pretty good start and slotted up into the first corner, passing a couple of guys - I think I was fifth or sixth - and yes it's easy to say 'it would have been a good race' based on the first lap but I felt good straight away, right from the start, it's just a shame that I had a little front end tuck going in to the last corner. I was pushing and really trying to get passed Savadori and do the best that I could, but I'm glad we have another day tomorrow to try and redeem myself a little bit!"
Championship: 10th / 70 points
"Gutted is an understatement! I wanted to ride for the team and for the fans but I just wasn't able to maintain a competitive or safe pace so we couldn't get the result that we all deserved. There isn't much else to say, the facts are it wasn't possible otherwise I would have given everything I have to get a result here. I now need to focus on getting back fit and healthy and look to start again at Misano so we can continue the momentum of the bike's development and my own experience with the YZF-R1"
Paul Denning Team Principal
"Alex's withdrawal from the event is so disappointing but there was not an option. The team and Yamaha know that Alex fully believed he would be able to compete, and had made every conceivable effort to be ready. It wasn't to be, but the commitment and enthusiasm displayed to support the team and the project is to be applauded. The disappointment is compounded because recent developments to the YZF-R1 have created a faster, more consistent machine and we all felt that a podium challenge - with a fit rider - was a possibility.
"Cameron has ridden superbly well so far and has impressed us with his adaptability and his feedback - as well as his speed. He'd made an aggressive start and was charging hard - as you have to at this level - but made an error at Goddards. It's not an easy corner, as both Davies and Rea will confirm after their own Race One experiences, so he's in good company and let's try again tomorrow!"
WorldSSP: Sofuoglu Tops Tissot-Superpole
Reigning Champion continues impressive 2016 form
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu has taken pole position at Donington as the Turk continues to prove the benchmark within the WorldSSP field, with the front row completed by Honda rider PJ Jacobsen, ahead of Profile Racing rider Luke Stapleford, who took the final place on the front row at his home race.
Superpole 1 for World Supersport got underway at Donington Park with a big name in the field hoping to graduate to Tissot-Superpole 2, after MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Jules Cluzel had a difficult run in practice sessions for Round 7, including some technical issues. In his final effort in the session, Cluzel took the top spot in the last few seconds, only to see his time impressively bettered by eventual Superpole 2 graduates Alex Baldolini and FIM Europe Supersport Cup rider Alessandro Zaccone. The Frenchman is still battling to recover fully from a big crash at Jerez at the end of 2015, and will start the Race at Donington from P13.
Tissot-Superpole 2 got underway with a wave from Gino Rea as Friday’s fastest man left the pits to begin his home qualifying session of the season, with compatriots Luke Stapleford and Kyle Smith also in the top ten and looking to challenge at home. The initial leader in the session was Sepang winner Ayrton Badovini, before times started to tumble and Kenan Sofuoglu began his assault for pole. The Turk remained on top for the majority of the session, with Luke Stapleford the first challenger to his crown, before Honda World Supersport rider PJ Jacobsen took P2 from the Brit and his Triumph Daytona.
In the final few minutes, the reigning Champion kept his grip on pole position, and will start Round 7 ahead of key title rival Jacobsen in P2. Stapleford, after good pace in 2015 at Donington as a wildcard, kept his Triumph on the front row at home and will start from P3.
Alex Baldolini, after graduating from Superpole 1, heads up the second row from Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s impressive WorldSSP Randy Krummenacher. Ayrton Badovini continues his settling into the Supersport grid with a second row start, ahead of home talents Gino Rea and Kyle Smith, who are sure to be the first to push in front of their home crowd.
MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s Lorenzo Zanetti will begin the Race from P9, with top ESS rider Ilya Mikhalchik locking out the top ten in P10. The WorldSSP Race will get underway on Sunday 29th of May at Donington at 12:00 local time (GMT +1) as the home heroes take on the podium regulars.
#UKWorldSBK at Donington: WorldSSP Tissot-Superpole
1. Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 1:30.298
2. PJ Jacobsen Honda World Supersport Team + 0.224
3. Luke Stapleford Profile Racing + 0.379
Sofuoglu Fastest In Superpole And Krummenacher Fifth
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher finished first and fifth respectively in the Superpole 2 competition at Donington Park, in readiness for Sunday’s 20-lap race. Kenan earned the right to start from the front row and Randy from row two.
Sofuoglu secured his fourth Superpole win of the season today and extended his all-time record of pre-race success in this class of racing to 27. This total is five more than the closest competitor. Sofuoglu will now look to capitalise on his perfect starting position in Sunday’s race, as he goes out to extend his current championship lead.
A return to Donington for Krummenacher was a positive experience but he could not quite find the final elements of pace he needed in the slower corners to build a perfect qualifying lap and challenge his team-mate for a front row starting place. Heading off in Sunday’s race from the middle of the front row Randy is still well placed in a field that contained 35 riders in practice.
Both riders were helped by warm and dry conditions at the classically sculpted British circuit, which offered consistent track conditions to work with. After practice and qualifying the riders will now have one more warm-up on Sunday morning, and then the race itself at noon on Sunday, UK time.
Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “I am happy and confident of my race pace. If we do not have any problems we can go to win the race. I tried to make a really fast lap time like last year but it is a little bit different. The tyre is a different specification from last year, so it was a little bit more difficult to push harder. I am happy to work with this team and Kawasaki and I think our race pace is good. I did 23 laps on the same tyre and my fastest lap was near the end, so this is a very good thing to know. The bike is working very well and we have almost not touched the bike. At every track the bike is working well and all of these things also came from last year when we had a very good package.”
Randy Krummenacher stated: “It was not perfect in Superpole 2 but that is part of racing, which cannot always be really good. Fifth on the grid is not the end of the story. The race is long and it is OK to start from the second row. I expected a bit more for sure but let’s analyse everything now and we can do better on Sunday. The line around Donington is completely different on a Supersport 600 bike compared to my previous experiences here and I am struggling a bit in the slow corners. I need to make up some time by myself in those points. I know that. In the race it will be different because I have some reference, so I think I can improve.”
Second place on the grid for Jacobsen after UK Superpole
Round 7 – UK
Donington Park, United Kingdom
PJ Jacobsen has claimed his third front-row start of the season by finishing today’s Superpole 2 of the FIM Supersport World Championship at Donington Park in second place. The 22-year-old American equalled his best qualifying result of 2016, which was scored at the opening round at Phillip Island exactly three months ago.
Between this morning’s free practice 3 and the early afternoon’s Superpole 2 session, Jacobsen was able to complete a good number of laps onboard his Honda CBR600RR #2 machine, showing once again great speed and consistency under East Midland’s blue skies. His 1’30.522 lap-time in the end was only 0.224 seconds shy of pole position.
The seventh World Supersport race of the season will get underway tomorrow at noon (GMT+1) and will be contested over a 20-lap distance.
Patrick Jacobsen 2
2nd / 1'30.552
Things went pretty well today in qualifying. The time I was able to put together was quite a good one and I knew it would put me on the front row. I’m happy for that and also for the team, as everyone is working so hard to make sure I have the best possible bike. The Honda CBR600RR feels very well and I have a very competitive pace, so tomorrow it will be all about getting a good start, trying to stay near the front while saving the tyres and then see what happens in the final laps.
We did some fine tuning this morning in FP3: basically we went back to the front-fork settings of free practice 1 while making some rear-suspension adjustments, which gave PJ some more stability under braking. He was very happy with the set-up of the bike and was able to ride it the way he likes. I think we are in the right position for tomorrow's race; the pace is there and it's very good, so I think PJ can challenge for the podium, if not for the win.
Third row start for Smith at Donington Park
Sat, 28 May 2016
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith starts the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park tomorrow from the third row of the grid in 8th position following Superpole 2.
Kyle said: “It’s not been a bad day we are closer than we have been in the other races in the dry conditions. The split lap times have been coming, I’ve just not been able to put the perfect lap together. The bike feels about there so hopefully if I get into a rhythm in the race there is no reason why I can’t be battling up there.”
Hikari Okubo is really starting to show his potential getting into the 31s and qualifying 16th at his first visit to Donington Park. Hikari will be looking to score more Championship points tomorrow.
Christoffer Bergman qualified in 21st place and local youngster Stefan Hill ended the day in 23rd position looking on track for another top 20 finish tomorrow.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “We have some work to do to be in contention for the podium tomorrow. We have some areas to improve the bike settings and there are some areas where Kyle can improve. We will study the data with Kyle to improve for warm up tomorrow. A really good job by Hikari on his first visit to Donington Park and we can expect him to finish in the points in the race. We will compare data to look at areas for improvement for Christoffer for warm-up tomorrow. Stefan continued to improve in every session and looks good for another top twenty finish in front of his home crowd.”
Supersport - Positive Superpole for San Carlo Team Italia at Donington Park
Alessandro Zaccone enters in SP2 and gets the 11th time, 19th place of the starting grid for Axel Bassani.
At his first experience on the up's and down's of Donington Park, San Carlo Team Italia gets, with Alessandro Zaccone, the second place of the FIM Supersport Cup standings and the 11th time overall in the World Championship standings, these great results will allow to the seventeen-year-old Italian talent to start from the fourth row of the grid. Axel Bassani is 3rd in his class standings and 19th overall, after a constant improvement.
Author of a remarkable second time in Superpole-1, in 1'31''221 at just 90 thousandths from Baldolini, Alessandro Zaccone got the access to the Superpole-2 where he proved his worth once again. With a remarkable 1'31''728, the #61 of San Carlo Team Italia got the 11th place of the starting grid, second among the riders of the European cup and with all the potential to reach a great result in race.
With the 9th time of Superpole-1, in 1'32''465, Axel Bassani will start from the 19th place, third of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup standings and with the right potential to recover positions tomorrow in race, scheduled at local 12:00.
Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #61) 1'31"728
2nd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 11th FIM Supersport World Championship
"On Thursday, I didn't expect that I could have been one of the riders qualified in Superpole-2! As my first experience here at Donington Park, it's a beautiful but also difficult track, and reaching such a level is a great result for all the team, which I want to thank. In Superpole-1, I have been able to get a good lap in 1'31''2, after I decided that it was better to ride on my own, with no rider behind me. It's a pity that we haven't been able to repeat this performance in Superpole-2, but it's okay. For tomorrow we are fine in terms of set-up and we'll give our best to reach a remarkable result for the standings."
Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #47) 1'32"465
3rd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 19th FIM Supersport World Championship
"Due to a series of events, it didn't go as we expected. I went on track in Superpole-1 with new tyre and a modification that I didn't like and, because of the traffic of slower riders, I find myself behind in the standings. So we got back the set up of this morning and I was more at ease, but I wasn't very lucky. I was behind riders who were slowing down: nobody wanted to push, so I did it and without a little mistake at Turn 5, where I lost 4/5 tenths, I could have got a good time. It's a pity, this Superpole didn't go the right way, but we have all the potential to improve tomorrow."
"The team is satisfied with the great performance of Zaccone, protagonist of a focused progression. He deserved to enter in Superpole-2 after an impressive time in 1'31''2 and, for this reason, also the third row. This performance makes us confident in view of the race, it would be important to get some points for the championship and to award the great work of the team."
"The place on the grid doesn't represent the potential of Alex. In the first run, he was in the middle of the traffic and with the new tyre, he did only two laps (out of three planned) while in the last lap, a little mistake, didn't allow him to go under the 1'32''4. I am firmly convinced that without this setbacks, we could have enter in Superpole-2. Anyway Axel has the potential and also a good feeling on the bike. With a good start tomorrow, he can do a good race: this will be the crucial point tomorrow."
Donington Day 2: Words and Pictures
The best photos and quotes from the second day of action at #UKWorldSBK
P1 - Tom Sykes @TheRealTomSykes
Kawasaki Racing Team @KRT_WorldSBK
"Some of the boys were keen to put a strong first lap in and get in front of me with good rhythm. For whatever reason I wasn’t happy today in the race. I just struggled with a couple of things. But that is racing and we had to dig deep in order to find something extra. Like I said things didn’t go to plan in this race and I feel more confident for tomorrow. There were two issues I was really trying to ride with and hopefully if the bike is like it has felt all weekend for Race 2 tomorrow I feel we can be more consistent."
P2 - Davide Giugliano @DavideGiugliano
Aruba.it Racing - Ducati @ArubaRacing
"Today was very good. Two consecutive podiums is very good. The work my team have done is very strong and this is for me but also for my crew. They've worked step by step and now I can ride my bike really well."
P3 - Jonathan Rea @jonathanrea
Kawasaki Racing Team @KRT_WorldSBK
"There were actually four or five big mistakes. I hit false neutrals five times in the race and that is not acceptable. Something must be broken inside the engine, it must be mechanical rather than electrical. The same thing happened yesterday but I’m really happy to consolidate a third place at least. Congratulations to Tom he did a great job to win, I don’t know how many races he has won here now! There is a little bit of frustration because I feel like in the middle part of the race even after the first mistake, that we had the pace to maybe catch them in the end, but it wasn’t to be."
WorldSSP: Sofuoglu on Pole at Donington Park
P1 - Kenan Sofuoglu @kenan_sofuoglu
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
"The Kawasaki bike also worked very well on this track here last year. I am happy for the Superpole but the most important thing is the pace for the race. We were very fast in the race simulation. Yesterday I did around 23 laps on the same tyre and the times and the fastest laps were the last two I did. In Superpole we could have done it a little bit better, but this year’s package is a bit different and the tyres are a bit different. Anyway it wasn’t too bad and I’m happy."
P3 - Luke Stapleford @Lucra8
"We did a pretty decent lap but we made a couple of mistakes as well. I’m not too sure what time the pole ended up at but I think if we had strung it all together and had a clean lap we would have probably got pole. But it’s a front row start for tomorrow and I’m confident that I can run a strong 20 lap pace, so let’s see what everyone else has got!"