11 May 2012
Donington Park WSBK 2012 - Friday
Despite a few off track excursions, the Smiths Gloucester Triumphs are doing very well in fourth and fifth, Glen Richards leading fellow Aussie Billy McConnell.
If they can keep it up, we could see Triumph return to the podium for the first time in two years.
Though many of you probably won't have noticed, Pedercini Kawasaki did the almost unthinkable last time out at Monza by donning their ZX-10Rs in... wait for it... blue!
However, while the thought of an anything-but-green Kawasaki will revile many, the striking new livery (which was very akin to last year's Yamahas) appeared an improvement to me - at least they stood out!
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your opinion), Pedercini are back to the tried and tested bright green for Donington.
Prior to this weekend's event, Max Biaggi pointed out that every manufacturer has a rider capable of challenging for victory at Donington Park.
Indeed, four of the six manufacturers have already tasted the winners' champagne and BMW have been getting closer and closer.
Up until this point, Suzuki has been the weak link as Crescent/Yoshimura battle to get on terms with their rivals. However, with Camier proving impressive throughout FP1 and Q1, the wise Mr Biaggi could well be onto something this weekend...
Further back, Eugene Laverty has endured a troublesome day on the Aprilia, never once featuring inside the top ten and eventually dropping back to 16th - right on the edge of the Superpole qualifiers.
One position behind him, but arguably more impressive, Peter Hickman is a poised 17th quickest on his first outing aboard the FIXI Crescent Suzuki, faster than fellow debutants Baz (20th) and Mason (23rd).
Other notable results, meanwhile, include Hiroshi Aoyama in 14th - if he stays where he is after Q2, he will reach Superpole for the first time this season!
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