11 May 2012
Donington Park WSBK 2012 - Friday
World Superbikes returns to British shores for the first of two UK based events this year at Donington Park - keep up-to-date with all the latest news, views, reports and results at Crash.net
In the meantime, just five people remain in the media centre, which is my sign to retreat to my bed for the evening in preparation for what promises to be another great day of action tomorrow.
With few expecting rain to spoil the day, there are 16 Superpole spots up for grabs in Q2 ahead of the deciding session.
I'd ask who your money is on, but that is probably just as accurate as predicting the weather...
A few interesting quotes to come out of chats this evening, including Leon Haslam almost admitting he was offered the chance to ride Colin Edwards' Forward CRT machine in MotoGP at Le Mans, but wants to concentrate on his WSBK commitments for the time being.
Both Haslam and Leon Camier, meanwhile, have backed Race Direction's decision to cancel the races at Monza, insisting the unique circumstances made it simply too dangerous to race.
Somewhere between my schnitzel and swig of beer, conversation with Jack Valentine turned to John Hopkins, with the man in charge stating that he is confident his man will be back for Miller Motorsports Park. Having said that, he says it isn't the broken foot that is causing worry, it's his damaged hip...
Excuse me for the lack of recent updates but I have been busy running around getting some exclusive quotes for you (as well as enjoying a quick chat with Jack Valentine over a lovely dinner at FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
The sun has actually come out and this evening is shaping up to be rather pleasant, at least it is from the warm side of a window since there is a rather chilly breeze outside!
Jonathan Rea suffered a couple of niggling crashes at Donington today, one on a out-lap and one on an in-lap. Neither brought harm to either himself or the Honda, though it has left him scratching his head.
"Today I had two crashes in the same area; exactly the same kind of crash. Fortunately for us they've been at very low speeds and I'm fine. It seems to be when I'm not at full race pace, when there's a different kind of balance to the bike than on fast laps, so it's a strange one.
"We'll look at the data and have a close look at the circuit tonight and see what we can find out."
Nonetheless, he was still second quickest, so as long as he stays at top pace throughout, he should be fine!
Just a quick note on the Supersport Q1, with Lowes getting close to the lap record to take provisional pole position by a wide margin. In fact, the lap was not far off what was needed to crack the top 16 in WSBK Q1.
Even in perfect conditions, the boy Lowes will be tough to beat in Q2 tomorrow...
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