May 11th

Superbike World Championship pre-event extravaganza switches to Donington Park circuit

Due to overwhelming demand, it has been necessary to move the pre-event for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, scheduled for Sunday 22 May, to Donington Park circuit itself.

The initial plan was for a parade and presentation to take place in Castle Donington village, but unprecedented spectator levels means the event has had to be moved to an area with greater capacity. Therefore a new event will take place at Donington Park on the same day, incorporating a meet and greet session with some of the leading names of the Superbike World Championship as well as entertainment and bike displays. The parade will not now take place.

The new event will be based outside the Donington Collections museum, where there will be family activities and rider Q&As. World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty will still be in attendance, as will the other confirmed riders, including Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli.

Donington Park Sporting Director Bob Adams commented: “While it’s regrettable that the parade into the village won’t now be able to take place, we are delighted at the amount of people who have expressed interest in the event, and are now planning to make it an even bigger preview for World Superbikes. It’ll be an afternoon of fun for all the family and a great way to kick start our preparations for the only UK round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.”

Castle Donington Parish Council Chairman Shaun Ambrose-Jones commented: “Although we anticipated a good local response, we didn’t expect a nationwide one. Fantastic though this is, it was realised that the event would have to move somewhere larger to properly accommodate it, most obviously Donington Park itself. The Parish Council will still be involved and it is hoped that many of the visitors will still sample our village centre, but for public safety and security, the meeting with the stars will now be on the museum garden at Donington Park.”

The event will start at the same 1pm time on 22 May as originally scheduled, and entry will be free of charge.

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