Donington, Great Britain

2021 Donington World Superbike Race 1 Result: Drying Track Makes Racing Tricky

Superbikes return to Donington Park, home of the first World Superbike race in 1988, and the UK brought out its finest dreary weather for Saturday, punishing riders throughout the morning's Superpole session. The rain eased off before the race and the track was dry enough for slick tyres, although still too cold for most riders to choose the SCX sprint tyre that's been favoured in recent races. In the absence of Supersport racing, with Brexit and Covid coinciding to cause uncertainty in the costs when the calendar was being written up, the wet weekend feels a little less packed than usual, especially with the circuit limiting attendance to just four thousand spectators. 

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2021 Donington World Superbike Superpole Result: Could Be Worse, Could Be Raining

World Superbike Superpole was wet and cold, but the rain held off.

Leon Haslam opened the session with a 1'42.206 on his first flying lap, slower than Jonathan Rea's fastest time this morning. Rea replied on his second lap with a 1'41.550, with Alex Lowes half a second behind him as Haslam pitted in. 

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2021 Donington World Superbike FP3 Result: Rea Masters Very Wet Track

With rain drenching the opening session, Jonathan Rea was consistently quickest throughout the thirty minutes on track, ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes. Leon Haslam was unsurprisingly in third place with Tom Sykes rounding out a British top four. Garrett Gerloff, learni ng his third track in three weekends, followed up on his Friday's top spot with a wet fifth place. Scott Redding crashed out at the Melbourne Loop, ending the session in twelfth place. The weather will likely remain wet all day.

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2021 Donington World Superbike FP2 Result: Gerloff Makes A Mark

With the English weather looking to be unpredictable all weekend, Garrett Gerloff, back from a stint in MotoGP, used an SCX tyre to set the fastest time of the day, over three tenths quicker than Jonathan Rea who couldn't improve on his morning's time. Toprak Razgatlioglu, who finished in second place here in 2018, was third quickest ahead of Alex Lowes. Scott Redding held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi with local lad Leon Haslam seventh quickest.

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