It wouldn’t be a trip to the United Kingdom without a conversation about the weather, and the thunderstorms looks set to role in over the Donington Park circuit…
The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has taken to the Donington Park circuit in the English countryside for the Prosecco DOC UK Round – the fourth round of a titanic WorldSBK season in 2021. However, as ever when it comes to visiting the United Kingdom, the Great British weather looks set to play havoc as the weekend unfolds, with the area in general seeing a huge deluge of rain for the next seven days.
Light rain looks set to blow in overnight but then, it is forecasted to pick up momentum by turning into showers as WorldSBK FP1 sets off. However, if you’re hoping for brighter day, then don’t get your hopes up too much as thunderstorms set-in during the afternoon, as well as surge in humidity which is set to hit around 86%. If this forecast is accurate, then Race 1 will almost certainly be soaking wet. An overnight break in the rain doesn’t last long as Sunday features nothing but showers, although ambient temperatures should hover at around 19 – 20 degrees Celsius (66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).
Who shines in the rain?
WorldSBK riders are used to racing in all conditions but there’s a handful who have historically always been able to showcase a strong wet weather pace. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) is superb in the wet weather, having won four of the last five wet races that the Championship has raced in, whilst finishing second in the other. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) also goes well in the wet, having led numerous races in the wet and also achieved a podium in the wet this year at MotorLand Aragon.
Garrett Gerloff’s wet weather prowess is notable too, having been fast in Magny-Cours until a crash in 2020, and the same at MotorLand Aragon in Race 2, although he took a Tissot Superpole Race podium in 2021’s season-opening round. Teams that have historically gone well in the wet have been the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, especially the new M 1000 RR at MotorLand Aragon, with top five performances, whilst Eugene Laverty (RC Squadra Corse) also prospers in the rain.
Who doesn’t usually enjoy wet races?
Historically, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) hasn’t done amazingly well in the wet, as his worst results of the 2021 season have been in the wet conditions. In the last wet race at Donington Park, Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) crashed, back when he rode for Ducati. It’d be fair to say that even since then in the wet races, he’s not excelled as much as in the dry. Apart from this, the unknown quantities tend to be the rookies, although the only rider we know who did enjoy the wet at Aragon was Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), but he’s been ruled out through injury; you can find more information on that here.
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