13 May 2012
Donington Park WSBK 2012 - Sunday
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
Let's put controversy to one side and take a look at some of the other riders who put in fine performances during that second race.
Though each was perhaps fortunate to be promoted two positions right at the end, Leon Camier was a deserved fourth place for both his and Suzuki's best finish of the season. Even before the accident Camier was lapping a similar pace to the leaders and would have always been just three seconds adrift. Big progress for the manufacturer this weekend.
Further back, Sylvain Guintoli saved face for Ducati on a fairly disappointing weekend. In fact, that fifth place was the lowest finish for any manufacturer today...
Behind him, the ever-reliable Ayrton Badovini is finally rediscovering the consistency that took him to the overall top ten in 2011, though he probably still wishes he'd found it in time for Assen...
And finally, kudos to Loris Baz and Peter Hickman to finish eighth and ninth respectively on their WSBK debuts, ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama on the Honda. Funnily enough, ninth for Hickman is higher than he has managed in BSB this season, which is handy because there are rumours he may not be riding a Kawasaki at Snetterton in a couple of weeks...
In case you were wondering, I have been a busy beaver this weekend getting interviews for you to be shared on Crash.net.
You will see the fruits of my labour between now and Miller Motorsports Park with Tom Sykes, Sylvain Guintoli, Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri, Leon Camier, Jonathan Rea (all pre-race unfortunately), Hiroshi Aoyama and Carlos Checa among those lucky enough to have a chat with me this weekend...
There is no indication coming that Rea is under investigation for his part in the collision, not least because the press officers for both Honda and BMW are busy tapping away behind me. Fortunately they are on opposite sides of the room...
Ignoring the circumstances of today's races, today was probably clearest indicator yet that the title race is wide open.
Indeed, five manufacturers fill the top five positions in the overall standings, and they are all within striking distance of Max Biaggi in the lead.
Place your bets now...
Well... where to begin! Let's start from end, in particularly that last corner.
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