Marco Melandri finished eighth with his BMW S 1000 RR in today’s first qualifying practice while Chaz Davies was 12th.
The FIM Superbike World Championship is back in action for the 9th round at Silverstone along with the World Supersport riders. It will be their first outing since the tragic death of Andrea Antonelli.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport announced last week that it will withdraw from the FIM Superbike World Championship at end of season.
Marco Melandri's third win in the season means a big step up in the points for the Italian, who is now 32 points away from new Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli.
Chaz Davies finished second and team-mate Marco Melandri finished fifth.
The 23 year old, Davide Giugliano, from Rome managed to time in 1'34.676 lap-time to secure first place ahead of Chaz Davies.
On their BMW S 1000 RRs, Melandri and Davies have successful first qualifying in Russia.
The Championship leader managed to make the difference in the final section of the track.
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is heading to the East of Europe where the second half of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship starts in Russia.
Tom Sykes enters the round in Russia as the first Kawasaki rider, after 19 years, to lead the World Superbike standings.
The Hudderfield-born rider has led every single lap of Race 2 to cross the line as the winner for the 10th time in his WSBK career.
Marco Melandri finished first qualifying practice sixth on the provisional second row on his BMW S 1000 RR and his team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was 11th.
After six rounds of the 2013 season, Marco is fourth in the riders championship with 156 points, directly followed by Chaz who is fifth with 133 points.
In the World Supersport qualifying, it was again Sam Lowes but Kenan Sofuoglu did put up a fight.
Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) have claimed a total of seven podium finishes on their BMW S 1000 RRs, including three victories.
From Donington, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team heads directly to Spain, where it will conduct two days of testing at “Motorland Aragón” this week.
The perfect Sunday for UK fans was completed by Sam Lowes’ World Supesport win.
Rain, wind and cold did not make for first day on track at Donington Park. For the World Supersport riders, Sam Lowes waited until the very last minutes to enter the track and top the timesheets.
Donington Park hosted the first ever World Superbike Round on April 3rd 1988.