Michelin Donington race report

Fans' favourite Neil Hodgson and veteran Italian Pier-Francesco Chili win at Donington Park as battle for championship hots up on a damp day at the British circuit as defending world Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) closes in on title...

Fans' favourite Neil Hodgson and veteran Italian Pier-Francesco Chili win at Donington Park as battle for championship hots up on a damp day at the British circuit as defending world Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) closes in on title lead. Paolo Casoli wins Supersport race to increase his title lead as Italian Yamaha pilot rides to comfortable victory.

Superbike
Ducati privateer Neil Hodgson rode to a long overdue victory in the opening race at Donington Park on Sunday in round six of the World Superbike championship while Pier-Francesco Chili stepped up to take victory in a closely-fought second race.

Hodgson grabbed the lead from Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda - Michelin) on lap eight of the opening race, held in damp conditions where tyre choice was to prove critical. Edwards opted for an intermediate front and a lightly cut slick rear Michelin which proved to be perfect in the opening laps but, as the track dried, Edwards could do little to stop the fully slick-shod riders around him.

Hodgson pulled away and it was left to wild card rider and pole position setter Steve Hislop to take second - until Chili made a last lap move and got ahead of the Scottish Ducati rider to snatch second.

Tady Okada (Castrol Honda - Michelin) took fourth from team-mate Edwards with on the penultimate lap in the 25-lap race. Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada - Michelin) made the wrong choice of tyres and could do little to avoid his 13th place finish.

With three laps to go in the second race, run in dry conditions, leader Hodgson ran wide at the tight, right-hand hairpin and Chili made his move for the lead, holding on to take his first victory for a year.

Hodgson crossed the line in second with Aprilia's Troy Corser - 11th in the opening race - a close third. The Ducatis of Ben Bostrom and wild card rider John Reynolds took fourth and fifth respectively with Edwards sixth and Okada seventh.

From being 30 points in front before the Donington Park event, Bayliss now holds a 17-point lead from Corser with Edwards just two points behind Corser as the series heads for a new circuit at Lausitzring on June 10 and round seven.

Supersport
Paolo Casoli made the most of his liking to the Donington Park circuit to storm away to victory in the fifth round of the World Supersport championship at Donington.

Marl Muggeridge won an exciting, four-way battle for second place, holding off the close attentions of 2000 world champion Jorg Teuchert on the final lap. James Whitham, winner of the last round at Monza, Italy, finished fourth in the 23-lap race in front of his home fans.

Casoli holds a 26-point lead over Muggeridge heading for round six in Germany.

-Michelin

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Colin Edwards , Neil Hodgson , Troy Corser , Jorg Teuchert , John Reynolds , Ben Bostrom