WSBK » Donington Park - Qualifying times (2).

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IfOnly - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 12:26 PM

Wild cards able to push hard in the wet as they have little to loose (championship points wise) and greater local knowledge? Hope it will be dry race day so we can get a true reflcetion of where the BSB boys are at, doesnt look likley with the weather forecast though.

Ian - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 1:52 PM

There's very little 'local knowledge' element involved. BSB riders don't ride more than once or twice at Donington in a typical season, much the same as WSBK riders. Not only that but all of the regular WSBK guys are very familiar with the track, both wet and dry. While there may be an element of 'nothing to lose', the BSB guys also have their own championship to fight over and will not want to throw that away for a moment of glory in WSBK.

The simple truth is that BSB is crammed full of quality riders: more than any other national race series. That's why every time WSBK comes to the UK the wildcards have always been a bigger factor than at any other meeting.

46 46 46 - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 2:08 PM

Ian, how can you suggest BSB riders have no local knowledge around DP!! Leon Haslam must have done more laps around Donington than any other rider, ever, his ole man Ron runs a bike school there!
Good luck to all the Brits there tomorrow, would be nice to see one of them on the top step, however, Bayliss is gonna take some catching!!!!!

Dan - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 2:51 PM

46 46 46 What Ian means is that the BSB boys get no more track time at Donington than the WSBK guys. Troy Corser has more time on the track than Crutchlow for instance having visited since 1994 when Cal was still in nappies.

Hope its not to wet up on the bankings where I will be sitting tomorrow!

Ian - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 2:53 PM

I'm not suggesting that they don't have any local knowledge and your point about Leon Haslam is fair. What I am saying is that they have little more than the rest of the WSBK pack as there are simply not that many BSB races there during the season. Bayliss, Biaggi, Corser, Lavilla and Kiyonari probably have more race laps around Donny than most of the BSB regulars.

Boo - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 2:58 PM

I imagine local knowledge helps a little in the wet/damp/cold, as the WSBK data will have been built up in much warmer climates, compared to BSB who seem to race in the rain week in, week out. Either way, the competition is close so whatever the reason, we should be thankful to see it being so open!

brendan - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 3:19 PM

Not only that, last year was the first time supers had been there in quite a few years. but most should know it pretty well one way or another

a shocker for the works suzuki's so far

Pissing on the parade - Unregistered

September 06, 2008 3:32 PM

"Setting it just as the heavens opened for a very heavy shower twenty minutes from the chequered flag, Crutchlow led a Honda 1-2-3, with HM Plant team-mate Leon Haslam slotting into third, three tenths adrift"

He had luck on his side, setting the fastest lap right before a huge downpour with 20 minutes to go. Fastest laps are usually set in the last 5. Anyway it's the rain, anything goes then.

Anyway we'll see in Superpole.

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