by Ollie Barstow

21.00 Sunday PM

Well, that is it from me at Donington Park.

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The racing has been tremendous as always and we have two very richly deserving winners in the shape of Bayliss and Kiyonari, while Brookes in the Supersports also warrants a mention.

We must not forget the wild-card riders though, who all starred this weekend and showed just how strong the British Championship is at the moment...

So who is rider of the day? Frankly, it is too difficult to decide, so I'll break it down into sub-awards...

Most spectacular rider: Ryuichi Kiyonari, who was often backwards in coming forwards. Unluckiest rider: Ruben Xaus, who was denied a podium whilst standing on it... Most consistent rider: Max Biaggi for being pretty much the only rider to stay upright all weekend The NHS award for most erratic rider: Troy Corser, who spent too much time on the track, rather than on his bike Surprise of the day: Roberto Rolfo's podium challenge from nowhere in the first race (before he wiped himself and Haslam out) Naughty boy of the day: Noriyuki Haga for trailing the remains of his Yamaha engine around the track and causing three accidents before then getting disqualified in the second race for not completing his penalty. Unsung hero: Gregorio Lavilla, who soldiered on for two great results on the Vent-Axia Honda and just missed the podium. Also, James Ellison for scoring the fastest lap in race two. British rider of the day: It is a tough one, but we'll go for Sykes because he could have won the first race and that Rizla Suzuki is more BSB than WSBK.

Watch out this week for's full interview with Troy Bayliss, while we will continue to bring you all the latest news from the two-wheel world of BSB, WSBK, MotoGP and Moto-X.

Over and out - Ollie.

19.45 Sunday PM

He may have ended the day on his backside, but Bayliss actually leaves Donington Park having extended his championship lead.

He is now 101 points ahead of new second place man Corser and just needs to keep his advantage in three figures next time out at Vallelunga to wrap the title up three rounds early.

A terrible day all round for the top riders, although Corser boosted a carnage-filled weekend with third in the second race, Neukirchner could only manage two points, Checa seven and Haga none at all!

In fact, just five riders finished both races (Ten points if you can work out who without peeking...)

Biaggi, Lavilla, Smrz, Sykes and Ellison.

17.15 Sunday PM

Well, it rained, they protested, but remarkably only a couple fell in the rain.

Kiyonari won his third race in four attempts after holding on for dear life over the 23 laps. How does someone look looks more confident in the pouring rain, then he does in the dry?

Crutchlow was superb though, almost catching Kiyo but having to give up on victory after getting lost in his spray.

And the podium is completed by Corser. There are few better ways to soothe aching pains and pride than a third place finish...

The big loser though was Bayliss, who suffered a rare fall midway through the race as he lost the back-end of his Ducati. Still, he was soon joking away as he watched himself bounce across the track on TV - probably because he has still actually increased his championship lead!

15.30 Sunday PM

As if we have forgotten what it looks like, the rain is back again - and how!

It is absolutely pouring down just before the start of the second race, prompting a delay. The 45,000 fans here today are a foolhardy bunch!

14.45 Sunday PM

My hands can't type fast enough to get all the drama and excitement of that first Superbike race down in less than an hour, so apologies for the late report!

In that time, the Supersports have been and gone, with Joshua Brookes claiming a stunning win from Andrew Pitt. Although the excitement was more from close competition than crashing this time, Brookes overtook Pitt with two laps remaining after some mouth-watering riding techniques.

Johnny Rea was third after leading initially, although he faded in the latter stages. Full report of that race to follow once I get feeling back in my fingers...

13.30 Sunday PM

Drama, drama in World Superbikes! Troy Bayliss wins from Tom Sykes after a marvellous ride to overhaul the Suzuki rider's four second aggregate lead.

However, confusion over third remains with Max Biaggi standing on the podium, despite finishing behind Ruben Xaus. It seems Xaus, who fell as the rain began falling, was the reason for the red flag, not the weather.

This hasn't been confirmed, but it may explain why Xaus was sitting purposefully on the third step of the podium before being promptly removed...

12.30 Sunday PM

Noriyuki Haga has caused race one to be stopped after his Yamaha engine let go and it proceeded to drip oil around almost a full lap of the circuit.

Now, Coppice is difficult at the best of times and it seems that oil was enough for Troy Corser, Makoto Tamada and Carlos Checa to lose control and crash.

They aren't the only ones though; Kiyonari came off on lap two whilst leading, while Neukirchner, Laconi, Lynn, Crutchlow, Walker, Gimbert, Sofuoglu and Morelli are already out too.

Race one, part two, starts soon with Tom Sykes in the lead!

12.00 Sunday PM

So with the announcement (well, almost) that Nori Haga will jump ship to Ducati Xerox in 2009, it leaves the door open for various other moves to take place.

The summer was full of rumours regarding Troy Corser and his switch to BMW, but Haga's defection may have given Yamaha the funds necessary to retain at least one of their hugely experienced riders.

Elsewhere, Biaggi's snub by Xerox could see him seek pastures new at Aprilia, a team he has experienced considerable success with over his long career.

What about Shane Byrne? It is no secret he wants to remain with Airwaves, but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a Ducati. If the GSE team graduate in 2009, perhaps a change of bikes could be in order.

Of course, speculation is just that

11.30 Sunday AM

With all the excitement of the races this weekend, lest we not forget the memory of Craig Jones, who sadly lost his life in a tragic accident at Brands Hatch last month.

With this being the first event since his death, fellow Supersport rider and close friend Tommy Hill will step up to place Jones' Team Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR on the grid before riding a lap of honour for the Donington Park crowd.

A moving tribute, I'm sure you'll all agree.

11.20 Sunday AM

The Superstocks have given us an idea of what we might see in Supersport and Superbikes later on after an eventful race full of thrills and, mostly, spills.

Only 26 riders finished, compared to 15 that retired in just 12 laps, as many struggled to find grip on the slippery surface. It seems riding a quick lap in the wet is one thing, but doing it whilst surrounded by around 39 other riders, is another.

Incidentally, Xavier Simeon won after snatching the lead of Alessandro Polita midway through the race. Davide Giugliano rounded off the podium.

10.30 Sunday AM

Although his week has gone from bad to worse, Eugene Laverty admits he is very tempted to switch to the World Supersport Championship next year if he cannot get a top 250GP ride.

Starting 21st on the grid after crashing in qualifying, Laverty has destroyed four helmets between Misano and Donington, but is nonetheless impressed with what he has seen in the Supersport paddock this weekend.

"I have spoken with the best teams here and I am very interested in coming here because I feel I can get on a competitive bike here and be in contention for the World Championship.

"In MotoGP 250, until the four-strokes come along in 2011, the class is in a bit of a mess. Of course I would like to be on a competitive 250 bike because I feel I am a 250 rider, rather than Supersport rider, but if I can't get a competitive 250, then I will have to go the Supersport way."

Eugene also revealed that he would probably choose Supersport over Superbikes for the moment as that is where the majority of his experience is.

10.20 Sunday AM

Joshua Brookes claimed the fastest time in warm-up for the Supersports, although most eyes were on wild-card rider Rob Frost, who topped the session for much of the time - before falling off.

Slipping and sliding up to the head of the timesheets, Frost looked on the edge, right up until the point he binned it at Coppice. Still, second fastest is a bold sign to his rivals.

Frost was in good company though as several riders tumbled off, including Gunther, Clementi Fujiwara and Salom.

Andrew Pitt was third fastest, ahead of Johnny Rea and pole sitter Matthieu Lagrive.

10.15 Sunday AM

With a retirement spent relaxing on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia looming, Troy Bayliss at least has one less thing to worry about - his family runabout

Of course, Troy will have his pick of the bikes in the garage, but try fitting the weekly shopping and the family on a Ducati... Troy need not worry anymore though as he will have the keys to a brand-new Alfa Romeo after securing the 'Superpole Championship'.

Whether a man who can probably afford something a bit grander really needs an Alfa Romeo remains to be seen, but an extra set of wheels never hurts...

09.40 Sunday AM

Kiyonari has topped morning warm-up, just ahead of his sparring partner Bayliss.

The sun briefly made an appearance but the conditions are very much wet once again, although with Haslam third, Xaus fourth and Biaggi fifth, things are very familiar up at the front.

Meanwhile, Neukirchner came off in closing stages, while Corser made it tumble number five after sliding off at Starkey's Bridge. The bruise on his hip continues to get bigger...

09.00 Sunday AM

A lot of noise has been made this weekend about HM Plant's Honda, which is thought to be more World Superbike than British Superbike.

The reigning British Champions have been on superb form this weekend to challenge the stalwart frontrunners in each session, an impressive feat given that the wet conditions haven't allowed Cal or Leon to stretch their legs yet.

With Rizla persevering with their regular BSB Suzuki, what makes HM Plant's Honda so different to their regular steed? Leon explains:

"In World Superbikes the rules are a lot better in the respect that you can run a full race engine with race pistons and race cams. This is the first time we have run the engine this season, so it has taken time for us to get settled as far as mapping and the electrics are concerned.

"It does give about 12bhp over the top. It isn't as strong on the bottom, but it is stronger on the top, so hopefully it will make a difference on the straights."

Is this in readiness for a switch to World Superbikes next season? Time will tell...

08.45 Sunday AM

Few journalists will deny that Kiyo isn't the easiest of interviewees at the best of times. It isn't his fault though. The Japanese-Anglo language barrier is a big one, while my hurried speech probably doesn't help!

However, he knew exactly what to say when asked what he thought of the weather conditions around the Donington Park circuit.

"Donington in the wet is very, very, very slippery," he says laughing at me as if to say 'what do you think it was like?'

Fair enough, but Kiyo made it looked particularly treacherous as he backed his bike into the bends with ferocity, while he was out of his seat more than once as the bike took on a life of its own at times. It looked wild, but while it certainly drew some winces in the press room, Kiyo was probably the most relaxed person around the circuit.

"It is never scary, I am always in control."

Naive or brave? I'll settle for the latter for the moment...

08.30 Sunday AM

It's race day here at Donington Park and the sun is in the sky.... although it is hidden behind a mass of dark clouds. That's the positive way to say it is chilly, damp and cloudy as fans pour into the circuit for what nonetheless promises to be a great day of racing.

Troy Bayliss is on pole in the Superbikes, but things are close up front between the usual suspects and our own wild-card riders. You would think the wet weather would make things unpredictable, but since we haven't had a dry session yet this weekend, they've probably forgotten how to ride on a grippy surface...

Meanwhile, Matthieu Lagrive starts on pole for the Supersports, just ahead of Jonathan Rea. A bumper field, heading down the Craner Curves in the wet... get the camera ready!

19.15 Saturday PM

After various rumours, name drops and speculation, Xerox Ducati are expected to reveal who will replace Troy Bayliss in 2009 in the next couple of days.

However, while it is not 100 per cent confirmed, we can already reveal that his successor looks set to be Noriyuki Haga.

While confirmation, which was expected this weekend, is pending while Yamaha apparently try one final attempt to keep hold of the Japanese rider, Haga is nonetheless very close to concluding a deal to race with the championship leading team.

As we say, no confirmation has been released by either team, but this announcement will no doubt kick start a flurry of activity in the rider market from this weekend onwards...

18.00 Saturday PM

On face value, pole position for Troy Bayliss doesn't look like a surprise. However, the manner in which he was able to retain it certainly was.

Troy Corser looked as cool, calm and composed as any 'Mr Superpole' should on the deciding lap, which is why his fall on the final corner drew some very loud gasps. It may not have been spectacular - not compared to his earlier effort -, but it was the shock of seeing him flounder at the final corner that caught everyone off guard, least of all him.

Either way, Bayliss is on pole, ahead of the ever present Kiyonari, while Checa ensured Ten Kate were back to their best form in third.

It was mixed old session for the Brits though as Sykes and Crutchlow both experienced tumbles that went some way to undoing a lot of their ground work. Still, they remain inside the top ten, albeit behind James Ellison, who put in a marvellous performance to claim fifth on the grid.

He may have been quiet this weekend, just off the fringes of his three wild-card counterparts, but Ellison came very good when it mattered to claim a spot on the second row of the grid and hoist the British flag aloft heading into the two races.

16.50 Saturday PM

Troy Bayliss has taken a stunning pole position here at Donington Park!

The Aussie was staring at second on the grid as Troy Corser embarked on a superb final effort that had him three tenths up heading into the final sector. However, the circuit would prove one corner too many for Corser when he dramatically slid off at Goddards.

One of several riders to come off through the session, Corser's misfortune sees Bayliss maintain pole position, ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa.

Tom Sykes was also looking good when he suffered a big crash at Coppice, while Cal Crutchlow was also left watching from the sidelines after low-siding at the hairpin.

Full times to follow

16.35 Saturday PM

The riders are certainly pushing hard and we've already seen three crashes with 15mins still left to go.

Most significantly, Cal Crutchlow slid off at the Melbourne Hairpin, coating his HM Plant Honda in mud and leaving him to walk away in despair.

He is joined on the sidelines by Troy Corser who fell off on the increasingly greasy Craner Curves. Sliding all the way down to the Old Hairpin, Corser was simply left to rather ungracefully clamber over the barriers, although he is set to get back out onto track before the end.

Jakub Smrz has also been down, also at the Craner Curves, although he has since got going again.

Meanwhile, if the weather stays as it is and you are coming to Donington tomorrow, stake a spot at Coppice - there are some spectacular saves going on through there!

16.25 Saturday PM

Kiyo is at it again!

Chucking his Ten Kate Honda around like he isn't riding on something akin to an ice rink and sliding almost sideways into the corners, he is nothing if not spectacular. It seems to be a quick method though as he is second fastest after 25mins.

The leader, however, is Tom Sykes!

There is disappointment though for Cal Crutchlow, who is third quickest currently, as he low-sides off at the hairpin. Luckily, he is near the pit lane so we may see him out on track again before the end of the session.

15.45 Saturday PM

The weather gets worse but the riding gets better - Troy Bayliss leaves it until his final lap to top free practice before Superpole, which has been confirmed as wet.

That means 50 minutes and a maximum of 12 laps per rider. With rain falling intermittently, this has all the makings of a very interesting session...

15.15 Saturday PM

Well, we managed about 30mins of 'good' weather before rain has stopped play yet again, this time mid-way through final free practice.

Coating a circuit that had spent the last three hours gradually drying, it looks increasingly likely that Superpole will be scrapped in favour of a 'free' (limited laps pending) session at 16.00GMT, just as there was at Brands Hatch.

In the meantime, Troy Corser tops the timesheets for the first time this weekend, ahead of Jakub Smrz and Carlos Checa.

14.30 Saturday PM

Matthieu Lagrive has taken his second consecutive World Supersport pole position of the season by a mammoth seven tenths of a second after making the most of the improving conditions in the latter stages.

The Frenchman will lead provisional pole sitter Jonathan Rea, who may have grabbed the overall top spot if he wasn't caught up in a tussle with the equally fast moving Barry Veneman. Rea was five tenths up on the second split when he aborted his lap.

Veneman, meanwhile, went on to take third, ahead of Joshua Brookes, Didier Van Keymeulen and Russell Holland.

Things weren't so good for the other Brits. Wild-card riders Chris Martin and Rob Frost will start 14th and 19th, although South African wild-card rider and British Supersport competitor Hudson Kennaugh was a strong eighth.

An hour of thrills and spills, Eugene Laverty has left his team with a lot of repair work to do after a heavy fall at McLeans. Seemingly unhurt, the accident nonetheless leaves Laverty 21st.

Full times to follow

13.45 Saturday PM

If it goes ahead in its normal format, the running order for this afternoon's Superpole is as follows:

1 - Max Neukirchner
2 - Chris Walker
3 - Jakub Smrz
4 - Gregorio Lavilla
5 - James Ellison
6 - Ruben Xaus
7 - Michel Fabrizio
8 - Max Biaggi
9 - Carlos Checa
10 - Tom Sykes
11 - Noriyuki Haga
12 - Troy Bayliss
13 - Troy Corser
14 - Leon Haslam
15 - Ryuichi Kiyonari
16 - Cal Crutchlow

The Supersports are currently on track for their final qualifying session before the Superbikes return for an hour's free practice ahead of Superpole. As for the weather, it is cold and windy but the sun is creeping through the clouds. We might well see a dry session yet....

13.30 Saturday PM

So what is the difference between a World Superbike and a British Superbike? Well, rather than me try to explain it, I hand you over to Rizla Suzuki Chief Technician Paul Jennings...

"A BSB bike uses far more standard parts. The WSBK rules are more open. We can change pistons and cam-shaft profiles to give you more lift, but in BSB you can only change the cam-shaft to give you more duration.

"With a WSBK engine, you can rev it more safely and because we have to use standard conrods in the BSB, we have to change them far more often than we did last year when we had strong rods. So it is no cheaper for us."

Now here's a dilemma for the fans out there lining the banks this weekend, Thermos in hand and keeping one foot on the umbrella to stop it from floating away. Would you rather it rain and it negate the slight power disadvantage of the BSB-specification bikes, or would you rather see some racing in the sun? It'll be more of a challenge for Tom Sykes et al, but at least you'll be dry...

It's a tough one, but as Paul puts it, rain will certainly level the playing field.

"The small amount of time that the bikes are full throttle, the wheels are spinning all the time anyway. It is a lot more about getting mechanical grip than having something like 10bhp extra. It doesn't make any difference if the wheel is spinning."

12.00 PM Saturday

Cal Crutchlow has grabbed provisional pole position heading into the single-lap Superpole after producing a fine lap not long before the heavens opened once again.

Whatever HM Plant have done to the bike to bring it up to World Superbike pace is obviously working as team-mate Leon Haslam is third too. Ryuichi Kiyonari splits the pair for a Honda 1-2-3.

All five Brits made it into Superpole, with Tom Sykes seventh quickest, James Ellison 12th and Chris Walker 15th.

Special mention goes to Gregorio Lavilla, who returned to the circuit in the dying seconds of the session to pump in a lap good enough for 13th and therefore a Superpole shot. This was despite the level of standing water on the circuit.

At the other end of the scale, three riders failed to qualify inside 107 per cent - Christian Zasier, Matt Lynn and Luca Morelli. With the adverse weather conditions shaking things up, it remains to be seen whether tomorrow's grid will be 33-strong or down to 'just' 30.

11.40 Saturday AM

Twenty minutes of qualifying to go and, you guessed it, it is raining again - and hard! The riders remain undeterred though as they slip and slide their way around the circuit.

With the rainfall creating a horrible din on top of the media room, you can only imagine what it is like out there for both the riders and the fans. Want to know how hard it is raining? We can barely see the lurid green Kawasaki coming down the Dunlop Straight!

Nonetheless, spirits are high as Cal Crutchlow is the fastest rider on circuit, just three hundredths up on Kiyonari and it is very unlikely the times will improve. Keep those flags waving!

A big hand for Laconi though for keeping the fans entertained as he perseveres - a mere 11secs off the pace!

11.30 Saturday AM

Ryuichi Kiyonari has no fear. Having crashed his Ten Kate Honda yesterday, you'd forgive him for maybe taking things a little easy today.

Not likely!

The Japanese rider snakes, slides and very nearly high-sides his way into the scenery on several occasions over just a single lap of the Donington Park circuit. As he bunny-hops across the line, it certainly looked exciting, but was it quick..? Six tenths over Troy Bayliss' provisional pole time...

Spectacular and blisteringly quick - Kiyonari is destined to become a firm fan favourite.

More quick times are set to follow though...

11.20 Saturday AM

You know you've had an unusual crash when you're sliding on your backside at one corner and your bike has come to rest at the next one about 70 metres up the road.

Poor Matt Lynn, making his debut this weekend with the Alto Evolution Honda team, has been thrown right in at the deep end, but even we were a bit confused to see him clambering off the ground at McLeans as his bike made a desperate bid for freedom towards at Coppice.

Unfortunately for the valiant escapee, its discovery that a bike works better with someone straddling it came too late as it eventually lost its balance and bounced across the track. Rider-less bikes are still some way off it seems.

Meanwhile, the big mover in Qualifying 2 after 20 minutes has been Noriyuki Haga, up to seventh.

10.45 Saturday AM

Joshua Brookes has emerged from the spray to set the fastest time in Supersport free practice as times crept down to the magic 1min 46secs barrier.

They are still lapping more than 12secs off the lap record, but given the circuit remains very treacherous out there, that is hardly a surprise.

Matthieu Lagrive was second best, just ahead of provisional pole sitter Jonathan Rea, although big plaudits must go to our own wild-card riders Rob Frost and Chris Martin on the respective Team Buff Triumph and Gearlink Kawasaki machines, as they wind up sixth and eighth. Unfortunately, this isn't qualifying but both riders will be thrilled to see a single digit next to their name with Q2 coming up later.

Other notable competitors worth pointing out include Eugene Laverty in 13th - 12 positions and two seconds quicker than team-mate Broc Parkes -, while BSS rider Hudson Kennaugh is 17th.

With that over with, World Superbikes are up next for Qualifying 2.

09.50 Saturday AM

Nothing says welcome to Great Britain like good old rain - the World Superbike riders must be wishing they were still topping up their tans on holiday rather than clambering into their plastic-clad overalls this morning.

That's right, the rain is here again and while it isn't pouring down like yesterday, there is still plenty of slippery moisture around to dismount a number of the Superstock riders who have already been out testing the waters, literally, this morning.

Things are a bit quiet at the moment, with the Superbike riders venturing out on track at 11am (GMT) for their second qualifying session, although we do have the always entertaining Supersports out first for free practice. Home favourite Jonathan Rea was fastest in Qualifying 1 yesterday, but the conditions are a little better today (well, the sky is a slightly lighter shade of grey, anyway), so expect this afternoon's session to decide the grid.

In the meantime, let's hail the performances of Brits Cal Crutchlow, Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes, James Ellison and Chris Walker in practice and Qualifying 1 yesterday. If you're coming to Donington Park this weekend, make sure you bring a flag - and a cagoule!