WSBK » : 13 May 2012
Donington Park WSBK 2012 - Sunday
A few may speculate whether Melandri brake-tested Haslam into the chicane or Haslam just got too close (neither will ever say), but few will deny a BMW 1-2 is good for the sport.
Good effort from Sykes, who valiantly held onto the podium with a bike that looked lively in the closing stages. His battles with Haslam and Biaggi showed spirit, earning him a result that puts him just a point off the series lead.
Elsewhere, Rea was excellent in the final stages on the harder tyres, though the Ulsterman will no doubt be wishing they'd come to life just a lap or two earlier.
The pit walk is coming to an end, which means the riders wil be lining up on the grid for the first World Superbike race of the weekend.
Time to get your predictions in then... Myself? A Sykes, Haslam and Melandri podium, but in which order, I haven't decided yet!
Injury, food poisoning or not, Sam Lowes sends out a warning signal to his rivals in warm-up by breaking the lap record set by Jules Cluzel on the way to pole position yesterday.
Six tenths faster than second place Sofuoglu, provided Lowes can keep it upright throughout the 22 lap race, he is going to be very hard to beat...
We're getting used to seeing Sykes at the top of the timesheets this year and while a brief 15min session doesn't always give much away about the races, this is nothing less than a good sign for the arriving fans.
Few other dramas to speak of, though Davies seems to have lost a fan in Giugliano after the Italian rather candidly made his feelings known in the Esses with a rather 'Rockette-like' kick towards the Aprilia rider, seemingly after getting in the way.
In the Supersport class Sam Lowes will be striving for his maiden victory, but to finish first, first he will have to finish.
The local favourite has been looking very quick around his home circuit all weekend, but a costly fall during Q2 prevented him from taking pole position. Injuring his finger, just to supplement his bout of food poisoning, there are a few reasons to prevent Sam from getting that long awaited victory, but the motivation of doing it front of your home crowd will undoubtedly override that…
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