25 years ago, Donington Park was host to the first ever World Superbike race weekend. A quarter of a century on, it still provides exciting racing and the opening World Superbike race was no exception.
BMW took their first World Superbike race win today, courtesy of Marco Melandri. Leon Haslam backed him up with a second place while Tom Sykes took the last step of the podium.
In a long-fought battle with three to five riders fighting for the podium places all race long, it looked like Leon Haslam had the measure of everyone, using his unique line into turn one to take the lead on the very first lap. After a long fight at the front with Tom Sykes, he was eventually met by Macro Melandri who had been fighting tooth and nail with Max Biaggi. When Biaggi, Sykes, Haslam and Melandri all went into the Esses with only four laps to go, both Haslam and Biaggi missed their braking and went though the gravel. This gave Melandri a clear lead and meant Haslam had to fight past Sykes to eventually take second place. It also gave Jonathan Rea a chance to catch Biaggi and pass him while Biaggi was trying to pass Sykes.
A long fought race with excitement almost every lap is a testament to World Superbike racing and makes up for the wet races we've had recently.
|1||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'28.999|
|2||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'29.097||0.728|
|3||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'29.010||1.609|
|4||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'29.260||1.819|
|5||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'28.992||2.102|
|6||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'29.285||4.820|
|7||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'29.305||7.520|
|8||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||1'29.585||7.927|
|9||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'29.939||15.144|
|10||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'29.768||16.065|
|11||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'29.588||19.805|
|12||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'30.127||20.170|
|13||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'29.890||21.274|
|14||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||1'29.591||21.517|
|15||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'29.854||26.920|
|16||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'30.414||35.025|
|17||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'30.300||39.193|
|18||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'30.519||42.334|
|19||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||1'30.016||43.554|
|20||18||AITCHISON M||BMW S1000 RR||1'31.675||2 Laps|
|NC||60||HICKMAN P||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'30.653||8 Laps|
|RET||101||MASON G||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'32.097||9 Laps|
|RET||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R|