Donington: Series weekend summary

Bayliss and Kiyonari share the wins in Donington World Superbike round Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) powered to the two wins in the elventh round of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship,...

Bayliss and Kiyonari share the wins in Donington World Superbike round

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) and Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) powered to the two wins in the elventh round of the HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship, which was held in front of 45,000 spectators at Donington Park. In difficult track and weather conditions, the Australian won the first race, but then crashed out in the second, leaving his Japanese rival to take his third win of the year.

Race 1

Bayliss's chief rivals for the title were all eliminated and the Australian went on to break his jinx at the Leicestershire track. The race was interrupted for the first time when Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) deposited oil on the track, while Max Neukirchner (Alstare Suzuki), Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Kiyonari crashed out. The second podium slot went to British wild-card Tom Sykes (Rizla Suzuki) ahead of Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati), who moved onto the podium after team-mate Ruben Xaus had crashed after the red flags had been brought out for rain. Gregorio Lavilla (VentAxia Honda) had a good run to finish fourth ahead of Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki Alstare) and Jakub Smrz (Guandalini Ducati), while Roberto Rolfo (Althea Honda) missed a chance for a good result when he crashed out of fourth overall and Corser notched up his sixth crash of the weekend.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox): "I've been coming to Donington since 1988 and so am pretty happy with that race win. All weekend everything has been going great, we've had mixed conditions but we've been strong in both dry and wet. I was basically racing my lapboard the whole time because of the aggregate time and could have settled for second but I haven't won here before and so really wanted the win."

Tom Sykes (Rizla Suzuki): "I was a bit disappointed they stopped the first part because I felt my pace was a bit stronger than Troy's. In the second part the bike got off the line well, but then I made a mistake and misread one of the flags and also had a moment. But Troy was too quick today, he broke me with his fast laps so congratulations to him."

Max Biaggi (Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati): "I was already in the pit taking off my leathers and someone from the organization called me onto the podium so it was a bit of a surprise for me to take third place. My team made a very good change between the two parts and actually everything was very good, we made a good job."

Race 2

Kiyonari was back at the front in the second race after his crash in race 1. The Honda rider took his third win of the season, holding off a late surge from Cal Crutchlow (HM Plant Honda). The final podium slot went to a battered and bruised Corser, who finished his difficult weekend with a gutsy third place. James Ellison (Hydrex Bike Animal Honda) was fourth, ahead of Italians Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Biaggi. The race was held in the pouring rain, and the tricky conditions caught out Bayliss (Ducati), who crashed while in second place. Race 2 was again disappointing for Neukirchner and Checa, while Haga was black-flagged for not coming in for a ride-through penalty.

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda): "It was very difficult for me, the race was hard and I made a few mistakes because I pushed very hard. At the start of the race it was just too wet, which made things even more difficult, but I had a good setting and a good machine. The last ten laps were even tougher because Cal was getting closer and closer all the time!"

Cal Crutchlow (HM Plant Honda): "We thought maybe in the dry we would have the advantage because we had a race here before, but it's a fantastic result for myself and the team, we've both put a lot of effort in this weekend. To come out in the second race after having a technical problem in race 1 is fantastic, all credit to our guys, but I'd like to dedicate that result to Jonesy."

Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB): "This is one of the toughest weekends we've had, the conditions out here were quite slippery in practice, qualifying and the races. I had six highsides before the first race and another one there, so I'm pretty sore. But thanks to the guys, they've done a great job repairing the bike and getting it back on the track."

FIM Supersport World Championship

Joshua Brookes (Hannspree Stiggy Motorsport Honda) scored his first win of the season, when he got the better of his fellow Australian, Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) with a terrific battle in the final stages. Thanks to this win, Brookes moves into second place, 32 points behind Pitt. A Honda 1-2-3 was completed by Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate), who held off Barry Veneman (RES Software Suzuki) for fourth. South African Hudson Kennaugh (Raceways Yamaha) scored a good result in fifth, while Team Stiggy wrapped up a good day with sixth place for Robbin Harms, the Dane coming home ahead of Joan Lascorz (Glaner Honda) and Didier Van Keymeulen (RES Software Suzuki). Before the race a tribute was held on the grid to Craig Jones, the British rider who lost his life in a crash at Brands Hatch.

Superstock 1000 FIM Cup

A dominant win in the Superstock 1000 race went to Belgium's Xavier Simeon (Suzuki Alstare), who took control at the end of lap 6 and powered to the chequered flag. Simeon's second victory of the year moves him into second place, two points behind leader Brendan Roberts (Ducati Xerox Junior Team), who finished fourth. The final two podium slots went to Italians Alex Polita (Sterilgarda Ducati) and Davide Giugliano (Cruciani Suzuki). Points leader Maxime Berger (Hannspree IDS Ten Kate Honda) could only finish sixth, while both Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) and Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) both crashed out, Pirro remounting to finish 19th. The next round of the Superstock 1000 championship, the penultimate one of the season, will be at Magny-Cours at the start of October.

European 600 Superstock

After dominating two days of qualifying, Marco Bussolotti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) completed the job with the race win. This was the first victory of the season for the Italian, who consolidates his third place in the standings behind leader Loris Baz (YZF Yamaha Junior Team), who could only finish 12th, and Patrick Vostarek (Intermoto Czech Honda), who came home fifth. The other podium places went to two British riders, Alexander Lowes (O Six Kawasaki) and Gino Rea (StoneBaker Yamaha). The Superstock 600 championship will also resume on October 5th at Magny-Cours.


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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Gregorio Lavilla , Ruben Xaus , Troy Corser , Didier Van Keymeulen , Yukio Kagayama , James Ellison , Michel Fabrizio , Tom Sykes , Robbin Harms , Roberto Rolfo , Jakub Smrz , Barry Veneman , Max Neukirchner , Jonathan Rea , Claudio Corti , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Davide Giugliano , Josh Brookes , Maxime Berger , Cal Crutchlow , Brendan Roberts , Joan Lascorz , Michele Pirro , Loris Baz , Gino Rea