The Superbike World Championship arrives in the UK this weekend for the sixth round of the 2017 season at Donington Park.
While Jonathan Rea is already in a commanding position in the championship chase, the Leicestershire circuit will play a pivotal part in his 2017 challenge as he looks to beat team-mate Tom Sykes, who has been unbeaten at Donington since 2013.
While Sykes has dominated the past four years to take eight wins, Rea is confident he can stick it to his team-mate this weekend and it would be wrong to rule out Aruba Ducati’s Chaz Davies after his double win last time out in Imola.
So far this year, only Kawasaki Racing Team and Aruba Ducati riders have finished on the podium, but one man looking to change that will be PATA Yamaha’s Alex Lowes who heads into his home round fit for the first time with the YZF-R1 after missing last year’s event through injury.
Leon Camier, who enjoyed a strong showing at Imola for the MV Agusta team despite technical issues, will also be looking to get in the mix after the British circuit proved to be one of his strongest rounds last season with a fourth and a fifth place.
Wildcarding at the event is 2017 MCE British Superbike series leader Leon Haslam, who joins the Puccetti Kawasaki team for the weekend. The last time the former series runner-up turned up in WSB, he finished fifth for Pedercini Kawasaki in Qatar, and while he knows the win might be out of his grasps, he’s got his sights set on impressing as he looks to secure a full-time return to the series for 2018.
It will, however, be an emotional event, as the paddock comes together for the first time without 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden, who tragically lost his life after a cycle accident last week. The Red Bull Honda team have confirmed they will still be at the event with Hayden’s team-mate Stefan Bradl.
All the action kicks off with free practice on Friday and with World Superbike’s split race format, the first race takes place on Saturday and the second on Sunday.
FRIDAY 26th May
09:00-09:30 – STK1000 FP1
09:45-10:45 – WorldSBK FP1
11:00-12:00 – WorldSSP FP1
12:15-12:45 WorldSSP300 FP1
12:55-13:25: ADAC NEC Moto3 FP1
13:45-14:15 – STK1000 FP2
14:30-15:30 – WorldSBK FP2
15:45-16:45 – WorldSSP FP2
17:00-17:30 – WorldSSP300 FP2
17:40-18:10 – National STK1000 FP
18:20-18:50 – ADAC NEC Moto3 Qualifying
SATURDAY 27th May
09:05-09:30: WorldSBK FP3
09:45-10:00: WorldSSP FP3
10:15-10:45: STK1000 FP3
11:00-11:15: WorldSBK Superpole 1
11:25-11:40: WorldSBK Superbike 2
12:00-12:15: WorldSSP Superpole 1
12:25-12:40: WorldSSP Superpole 2
13:00-13:15: WorldSSP300 Superpole 1
13:25-13:40: WorldSSP 300 Superpole 2
15:00: WorldSBK Race 1
16:00-16:30: STK1000 Qualifying
16:40-17:10: National STK600 FP
17:25: ADAC NEC Moto3 – Race 1
17:55-18:25: National STK1000 Qualifying
18:35-19:05: National STK600 Qualifying
SUNDAY 28th May
09:00-09:15: WorldSSP Warm-up
09:25-09:40: STK1000 Warm-up
09:50-10:05: WorldSBK Warm-up
10:20: National STK600 Race
11:05: WorldSSP300 Race
12:00: WorldSSP Race
13:15: STK1000 Race
15:00: WorldSBK Race 2
16:05: ADAC NEC Moto3 Race 2
16:50: National STK1000 Race Part 1
17:30: National STK1000 Race Part 2
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