WSBK – WSBK riders land at Donington Park –

WSBK riders land at Donington Park

WSBK - WSBK riders land at Donington Park -

The sixth of the thirteen events of the 2015 World Superbike takes place this weekend in Donington Park. The British drivers who take the first places in the championship will be very hard to beat, but our three French drivers are motivated… Preview.

Since opening in, the world championship has been largely dominated by one man: Jonathan “bow down, I am your new deity” Rea. The new recruit of the official Kawasaki team has indeed won eight victories and two second places in, leaving only 10 points out of the 250 maxi.

87 points behind the Northern Irish leader, Leon Haslam only came out of the Top 4 once, during the last outing at: by dint of attacking his rebellious Aprilia, the "Pocket Rocket" ended up flying away … Fortunately for him, the injuries due to his highside should not bother him for his home races.

Propelled to 3rd place in the provisional thanks to his "small double" of second places two weeks ago in Italy, Tom Sykes seems to have found the right settings on his ZX-10R. The English Ninja is therefore one of the big favorites on Sunday. Recall that the pocketed in Donington two "real doubles" in and …

Fourth to 5 small points behind "Major Tom", Chaz Davies hopes that his Panigale R will not save him a – two! – new bad surprise (s) in Great Britain. His Ducati – from the factory, however – did break down during the two rounds at Imola, preventing the poor Welshman from scoring a single point…

Donington Park games are open

Fifth in the championship and author of his first WSBK podium in the second Italian round, Jordi Torres (Aprilia) will once again aim for the Top 3 in England. The goal will be the same for Davide Giugliano (Ducati), big! – return to competition. But two other British pilots will also be closely watched…

Alex Lowes has struggled to adjust the Magnetti Marelli electronics fitted to his Suzuki for three races, but he will benefit from the support of his family – his twin Sam in the lead! – to transcend oneself. Fifth in the Superpole ranking – trusted by the "British" -, Alex has the talent to hoist his good old GSX-R to the forefront.

Like "Chazie" finally, Leon Camier had a black weekend in Imola. (final phase of the Superpole) due to a faulty radiator cap, the only official MV Agusta rider fell in the first heat and had to abandon the second. He will seek Sunday to improve his best 2015 result: 8th in .

Let us note for the "fun" that Jonathan, Tom, Chaz and Alex did not wait for the races of Sunday to impose themselves on their grounds: they represented Great Britain this morning at the original "Games of Donington Park" (races with egg, bag and three-legged races) !

The fine GB team won over that of the "Rest of the world" made up of Leon Camier (who lives in Andorra), the Spanish Roman Ramos, the Argentinian Leandro Mercado and the "Frenchie" Sylvain Guintoli on the score from 11 to 7. Leon Haslam, who had to protect himself, played the role of referee.

In the French clan, Sylvain Guintoli is particularly enthusiastic about the idea of ​​taking part in this sixth round of the 2015 World Superbike: married for many years to a – very beautiful – English woman and father of four adorable children, "Guinters" has taken up residence not far from Donington Park.

"I have done some good runs in Donington in the past and it is always nice to run "home" with my family nearby.", underlines the" Number One "of the discipline."Lots of friends will come and support me this weekend, so hope we can give them a great show".

"We managed to pull through in the first race at Imola and we picked up a few positives from it, but we weren’t really on the pace and we still have a few more steps to go before I can ride the CBR like I did. would like it", warns Sylvain.

Go the Blues !

Sixth in the championship at 164 points (one hundred and sixty-four points!) From "JR" and 23 from Jordi Torres, Guintoli only obtained three fifth places as the best result this year, but is counting on "new things to try in Donington"to improve his season.

"It’s really good that the team is working so hard and responding in a positive way", underlines the Honda rider n ° 1. To" help "him to drive faster, he can also count on his teammate at n ° 60, Michael van den Mark: the reigning world champion of Supersport would like to reach the podium , like a !

Like many pilots, "i really like the donington track", Sylvain says,"especially the fast pace of the first part and, although some other riders don’t like the last section, I see good overtaking opportunities and a source of great fun.". Yum, yum !

Randy de Puniet is less appreciative of this final "Melbourne Loop" section, added to the initial route in order to reach a sufficient length (4020 m instead of 3149) to accommodate races of international rank: "I don’t really like the last two turns"he admits.

The Suzuki rider nevertheless has "good memories of Donington Park because I won my 250cc there and also stood on the podium in MotoGP in 2009", recalls n ° 14."It’s a small track and I like it a lot".

Beyond the track, Randy also likes "racing in England because the British fans love the bike, they respect the riders, the atmosphere is always great and it’s always a pleasure to ride there". The weather also plays an important role:"this might be our first race in the wet !", he notes.

First of all, Mister de Puniet "really hope we can find some solutions to have a good base set up on the GSX-R this weekend and start working on Friday morning. I want to have fun on the bike and be able to have good races on Sunday", concludes our second representative (19th in the standings with 15 points).

Credited with 5 points overall (24th), Christophe Ponsson will also try to increase his nest egg within. The day after the races at Imola, the young French driver – at 19, he is the youngest of the field – was already eager to ride at Donington Park, one of his favorite tracks.

, Sylvain Barrier still drives but in (and Italian CIV Championship) at the controls of a Yamaha R1. Jeremy Guarnoni, who follows the same program, climbed on the podium in CIV last week in Vallelunga.

Florian Marino on the other hand will not be able to make the Marseillaise resonate on the circuit across the Channel: he is still recovering from his heavy fall at Imola. We therefore count on his compatriots in STK 1000 … As well as on the "Gallic Rooster" Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias in Supersport 600 !

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