The UK Round provided plenty of drama throughout and check out the ups and downs from an incredible weekend of action
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship’s return to Donington Park was not short on action throughout the three races at Donington Park for the Prosecco DOC UK Round. From a scarcely believable start from Race 1 winner Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK), the Turkish star taking the Championship lead with two victories and six-time Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) losing the Championship lead with a crash in Race 2, Donington Park had it all.
Razgatlioglu had qualified in 13th place for Race 1 after a wet Tissot Superpole session but a start that was reminiscent of Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna’s start at the 1993 European Grand Prix at the same venue, Razgatlioglu jumped up from 13th to fifth by the first corner and was in second place on the exit of Coppice, the eighth corner on the circuit. It did not take long for him to close down Rea to take the lead of the race; from there, he did not look back to claim his first of two victories at Donington Park.
The Turkish star claimed a sixth-place start for Race 2 after battling his way up through the Tissot Superpole Race, and once again found himself making progress by Turn 1 with Razgatlioglu in second place. Like Saturday’s race, Razgatlioglu was chasing down Rea and made his move before the reigning Champion capitalised on a mistake at Coppice by Razgatlioglu to take the lead of the race on Lap 10.
On Lap 11, it was game over for Rea’s chances of claiming his second victory of the day when he made a mistake, ironically, at the same corner that he gained from Razgatlioglu’s error. Rea was able to remount his Kawasaki ZX-10RR but re-joined the race down in 20th, a position he would finish the 23-lap race in. His no-score in Race 2 at Donington coupled with Razgatlioglu’s 25 points for victory means the Turkish star now leads the Championship standings. Has the tide turned in the title battle?
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