BSB: The Bennetts British Superbikes Head To Donington Park For Round Five.
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship Are At The Leicestershire Circuit Of Donington Park For Round Five Of The 2021 Championship.
Round Five sees the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the classic circuit of Donington Park, the iconic circuit is definitely favored by the Superbike riders and a big fan favourite with the racing fans. The Superbike class has provided us with 12 thrilling races so far, McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran stole the show at the previous round at Thruxton, can he do it all over again this weekend at Donington Park?
McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran is leading the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with 232 points and 39 valuable podium credits in the bank. Jason won all-three races at Thruxton, giving the Australian rider a total of seven wins so far this season. Tarran Mackenzie is in thrid place in the championship standings with 173 points and 14 podium credits. Tarran had a best place finish of second in race two at Thruxton, Donington Park is his home round of the championship, so he will be aiming for that top step of the podium for sure!
VisionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon is in second place in the championship with 190 points and 23 podium credits. Iddon only managed one podium finish at Thruxton, a second place finish in Race one, unfortunately he was taken out in an accident between himself and Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson in Race two. Reigning champion Josh Brookes yet again didn’t have a great round at Thruxton, his best place finish was 14th in the third race. Josh is down in 12th place in the standings with 58 points. Its been reported that Josh and team owner Paul Bird had a meeting after the races on the Sunday at Thruxton and have cleared up any misunderstandings and are hoping to move forward and get Josh back to where we all know he belongs, back up the sharp end fighting for victories! Can the Superbike champion turn his season around at Donington Park?
SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad’s Danny Buchan put another strong performance in at Thruxton, he is in fourth place in the standings with 162 points and 14 podium credits. Danny got a second place finish in Race three at Thruxton. Andrew Irwin had a best place finish of fifth at Thruxton, he is in 16th place in the standings with 35 points. Andrew has winning form at Donington, will he get on the podium this weekend and gain some all-important podium credits?
Oxford Products Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell didn’t manage a podium finish at Thruxton, it was his home round so he would of been hoping for a better weekend of results, his best place finish was 10th. Tommy is in fifth place in the standings with 110 points and 8 podium credits.
FHO Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman scored a third place podium finish in Race one at Thruxton, he is in sixth place in the standings with 108 points and two podium credits. Xavi Forés in 18th place with 20 points, he had a best place finish of 12th at Thruxton. Brian McCormack is in 26th place in the standings.
FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Rory Skinner is in seventh place in the standings with 93 points and six podium credits. Team-mate Lee Jackson is in eighth place with 88 points, Lee got Pole Position for Race two at Thruxton, he is definitely on the hunt for a podium finish, will it be at Donington Park this weekend?
RICH Energy OMG Racing Bmw’s Brad Ray is in ninth place in the standings and is getting closer to that all-important podium finish, team-mate Kyle Ryde had a best place finish of sixth at Thruxton, Round five will be a local circuit for Kyle, will he get that podium finish the Nottinghamshire rider is eagerly awaiting?
Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin is in 10th place in the standings with 81 points, he got his first 2021 season podium finish at Thruxton with a third place finish in Race two. Team-mates Takumi Takahashi and Ryo Mizuno are in 23rd and 24th place respectively in the championship standings.
RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki’s Ryan Vickers is in 11th place in the standings with 74 points, he was in the mix in all three races at Thruxton, a podium finish is surely heading the Thetford riders way!
Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea and Danny Kent are in 13th and 14th place respectively in the standings, Danny got his first ever British Superbike podium in Race three at Thruxton, is this a sign of things to come for the Tetbury rider?
TAG Honda’s Dan Linfoot had a good qualifying session at Thruxton, he is in 17th place in the standings. Black Onyx Security Honda’s Luke Hopkins is in 20th place in the standings.
Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki’s Storm Stacey is in 21st place in the standings. Powerslide/Catfoss Suzuki’s Bjorn Estment is in 22nd place.
Iforce lloyd & Jones BMW’s Joe Francis is in 27th place in the standings, team-mate Brad Jones remains in the care of the medical team at Kings College Hospital London, we are thinking of his family, friends and team.
There will be a new face on the grid at Donington Park, Joe Sheldon-Shaw will competing for the Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Team, Joe is standing in for the injured Josh Owens, we wish Joe and the team all the best for his debut appearance in the Bennetts British Superbike Class.
Round five will see the start of the Bennetts BSB Milwaukee Summer Grand Slam which will comprise of six races at the next two events – Donington Park National and Cadwell Park. The ultimate prize of £50,000 will be awarded if a rider can deliver an unstoppable performance across the two rounds and win all six races. The last rider who consecutively won six Bennetts BSB races was reigning champion Josh Brookes onboard the Milwaukee Yamaha back in 2015.
Will Round Five at Donington Park be another master class by the ‘O show’ or will someone else steal the Australian’s thunder? Round Five 13th-15th August.
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