12 May 2012
Donington Park WSBK 2012 - Saturday
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
As sun sets across the pretty Leicestershire countryside (or is it Derbyshire...?), I will bid farewell and prepare myself for what promises to be another exciting day's racing.
The British riders are certainly looking good with four inside the top seven, so if you are coming tomorrow make sure you bring your Union Jacks and cheer all of our boys on.
Even if you're not able to come tomorrow, pull up an armchair, put the TV and make sure you have Crash.net on the computer throughout tomorrow. It's far too cold to do any DIY anyway...
Elsewhere, Sam Lowes has injured his finger after falling during Q2 and is suffering from a bad case of food poisoning, but will be fine for racing tomorrow.
Andrea Antonelli, meanwhile, will be feeling a little bit bruised after suffering the most spectacular accident of the weekend so far on the exit of the final corner, the Italian launched into a substantial high-side that saw him hit the ground bum-first. Though he got up, it's no surprise he was last seen hobbling to the medical centre...
So Sykes is on pole position for Sunday's races, which is potentially significant for many reasons.
Firstly, he is well placed to the first British victory at Donington Park since James Toseland in 2007.
Secondly, if he takes the championship lead at the end of the races, he will become the first Kawasaki rider to do so since Scott Russell in 1993.
Thirdly, he has the chance to make it ten consecutive races that he has led at the end of the opening lap.
And finally, he now has 6 pole positions to his name - that's more than James Toseland and Max Biaggi, and just one adrift of Noriyuki Haga!
Apologies for the neglect, I have been busy running up and down the paddock to get you some interviews to enjoy for the week, but busy schedules means they don't always start on time... an hour and a half later for one rider who shall remain nameless!
However, kudos to Sylvain Guintoli, who was not only on time, he was here for his interview before I was! Very punctual!
Having predicted a Sam Lowes pole position, it looks like Jules Cluzel is now going to to follow up his maiden victory with a maiden pole position.
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