Glamour of motorcycling’s World Championship is coming to Donington Park
Donington Park is gearing up for its showpiece event of the year next weekend (22-24 May) with the only UK round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. A truly international line-up of riders and teams is set to provide world class action and bring real glamour to Leicestershire!
Riders from as far as Argentina and Thailand will be in action across the weekend, with teams from top motorcycling outfits including the dramatic Italian flair of Ducati and Aprilia going against the likes of Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda.
British riders may well lead the championship, but the international talent is fighting hard, as witnessed by the strong showing of Italian Davide Giugliano at Imola last weekend, while Spanish rider Jordi Torres and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli are established stars in the series. Look out too for reigning World Supersport champion, Dutchman Michael van der Mark, who has stepped into World Superbikes this year and has already registered a series of podium finishes on his Honda.
Jonathan Rea won both races in Italy last weekend, meaning British riders have won every race so far this year, with home grown riders filling the top four positions in the championship standings. But those wins have not been easy, with some victory margins being just hundredths of a second, equivalent to a blink of an eyelid! Donington Park-supported Leon Haslam was a race winner in Australia and has been a regular podium finisher thereafter with former champion Tom Sykes in third and Chaz Davies, a race winner this year at Aragon in fourth. Donington local, Derby’s Alex Lowes, continues to develop on the World stage and is a strong 10th in the standings at present.
Donington is renowned for providing incredible racing, and as well as the 200 miles-an-hour superbikes, there is further drama from the World Supersport championship, which again boasts a line-up brimming with international talent including riders from Australia, Colombia, Turkey, Argentina and Thailand. Other series in action include Superstock, the European Junior Cup for stars of the future, Ducati Tri-Options Cup and also the National Superstock 600 & 1000.
With less than two weeks remaining until the World Superbike rounds at Donington Park, the circuit’s Managing Director, Christopher Tate, is hoping for more British success in front of thousands of fans expected to flock to the circuit over the Bank Holiday weekend. “The level of British success in World Superbikes this year is unprecedented, and I can think of no better way to celebrate the arrival of one of the most high profile championships in the world at Donington, than with another British double victory! Jonathan Rea is proving to be a class act this year, but we’re optimistic that our supported rider, Leon Haslam, can really give him a challenge. But as we’ve seen, the British riders this year are a real step above the rest and we’re getting ready to celebrate more home grown success here on the 22-24 May!”
Tickets for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park are available in advance from just £10, with free entry for children aged 13 and under. Hospitality packages are also available by calling 01332 819506 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.