WSBK RD 7 Preview

Donington Park hosts Round 7 of the WSBK championship,The track is located near Castle Donington and was originally part of the Donington Hall estate. The track was leased by Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd in 2007 but  went through a rocky patch as of late with a failed bid to host the British round of the F1 world championship caused the circuit owners to not only lose the F1 and Moto GP rounds but also fall into bankruptcy. In 2009 the track was returned to the Wheatcroft family the original owners of he track.

 

 

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Length:4.023 Km

Corners:12

Left corners:5

Right corners:7

 

 

Lap Record: 2015 J. Rea 1’27.914

Superpole: 2015 T.Sykes 1’27.071

 

 

Lap of the Circuit with Ron Haslam from 2013:

 

 

 

Race Predictions:

As has been the way for much of this season Tom Sykes,Johnny Rea and Chaz Davies dominated this race weekend last season. Sykes won both races by extensive margins from Rea in both races with Davies finishing both races in 3rd. This season its hard to see past these three again as they have looked dominant all season. Michael Van Der Mark,Nicky Hayden and Davide Giugliano will be hoping they can play spoiler this weekend but without some wet weather it is difficult to see this happening. Josh Brookes could be a man to watch this weekend the current BSB champion has struggled to adapt to the new BMW but has knowledge of the Donington circuit and will be hoping for a strong showing in front of the British fans. Alex Lowes will be competing this weekend but is only a week or so removed from breaking his collar bone so unfortunately for British fans it is hard to see him mixing it with the front guys this weekend.

 

Podiums:

  1. T.Sykes
  2. J.Rea
  3. C.Davies

 

  1. J.Rea
  2. C.Davies
  3. T.Sykes

Championship Standings:

1. J. REA KAWASAKI 257
2. C. DAVIES DUCATI 215
3. T. SYKES KAWASAKI 187
4. M. VAN DER MARK HONDA 125
5. D. GIUGLIANO DUCATI 118
6. N. HAYDEN HONDA 115
7. J. TORRES BMW 103
8. L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 73
9. A. LOWES YAMAHA 70
10. L. SAVADORI APRILIA 66

 

 

News:

Camerson Beaubier will make his WSBK debut this weekend replacing the injured Sylvain Guintoli. Beaubier has competed at Donington circuit once before in his 125cc GP career he is also the current Moto America champion riding the brand new R1 last season.

http://www.yamaha-racing.com/worldsbk/articles/reports/setup/655230/lowes-and-beaubier-head-for-home-race-at-donington-park

 

The Current World Champion and favourite to retain his title Johnny Rea signed a new 2 year contract with the Kawasaki WSBK team this deal keeps him at the Japanese team till 2018 and all but ends any hopes that he may one day take the step to Moto GP.

http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2016/Jonathan+Rea+And+Kawasaki+Together+For+Two+More+Years

 

Luke Jones currently riding in the British Supersport Championship will step in to replace  Bryan Staring as he has suffered an injury.

http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2016/Luke+Jones+Replaces+Bryan+Staring+at+Donington+Round

 

Kyle Ryde who recently lost his seat has signed to ride alongside Nicol Terol in the Schmidt Racing team riding an MV Augusta.

http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2016/Kyle+Ryde+with+Schmidt+Racing+Team

Qualifying and Race Schedule All times GMT:

WorldSBK – SP1 11:15 11:30
WorldSBK – SP2 11:40 11:55
WorldSSP – SP1 12:15 12:30
WorldSSP – SP2 12:40 12:55
WorldSBK – Race 1 15:00
WorldSSP – Race 12:00
STK1000 – Race 13:15
WorldSBK – Race 2 15:00

All Qualifying and Races live on Quest freeview all weekend also available on their website.

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