BSB: Donington Park Delivered the Goods with Three Different Race Winners.

Published on May 20, 2024
By Dawn Hammersley

Round three of the Bennetts British Superbikes was full of action as three different riders rode to victory in an action packed weekend.

The third round at Donington Park got underway in glorious weather conditions for the racing, the round delivered three different race winners from three different manufactures.

The Qualifying session was in the Superpole format, OMG GRILLA Yamaha’s Ryan Vickers took the pole position with a hot lap of 1:27.608. Joining Vickers on the front row was his team-mate Kyle Ryde and home round rider BMW ROKIT Haslam Racing’s Leon Haslam.

Race One:
Vickers got the holeshot but unfortunately crashed out at the Melbourne Loop. Kyle Ryde took control of proceedings ahead of Haslam and Christian Iddon. Tommy Bridewell was putting in a strong performance making his way up the order. Kawasaki’s Max Cook was in the leading group of riders, proving to be his best race so far of the 2024 season. The race came to a halt under the red flag due to Christian Iddon crashing out at the Old Hairpin, the Ducati rider was taken to the Medical Centre for an X-ray, which fortunately showed no broken bones. Ryde took his first victory of the season, Bridewell finished in second place with Leon Haslam finishing in third place.

Race Two:
PBM’s Glenn Irwin shot off the line and managed to make a break away from the field in the opening laps, Leon Haslam was in second place and losing sight of the race leader. Tommy Bridewell was in third place, with Danny Kent and race one winner Kyle Ryde battling for fourth place. Disappointment for both of the Completely Motorbike Kawasaki riders, as Jason O’Halloran and Max Cook had to retire from the race with mechanical issues. Disaster struck Ryan Vickers as the Yamaha rider crashed out at the Melbourne Loop. Christian Iddon was declared fit to ride and finished the race in sixth place, a sterling performance from the injured Ducati rider. Glenn crossed the line in first place, Haslam was second with Bridewell taking third place on the podium.

Race Three:
Ryan Vickers was declared unfit to ride after his off during race two. Tommy Bridewell lead the field into Redgate for the final installment of round three. Danny Kent, Glenn Irwin and Haslam were in hot pursuit of the Honda rider. By the fifth lap of the race Jason O’ Halloran made his way up to third place, showing the fast pace he had earlier before he had to retire from race two. There was a four-way scrap for first place between O’Halloran, Bridewell, Kent and Irwin. The O’Show took the lead from Bridewell at the Old Hairpin, Kent made a move on the PBM rider for third place. O’Halloran held the lead to cross the finish line to take his first victory for Kawasaki, Bridewell was second with Kent just holding off Irwin to take the final podium position.

Ducati’s Glenn Irwin leads the championship on 115 points from Danny Kent who is on 102 points, Yamaha’s Kyle Ryde is in third place on 95 points. Next up for the Bennetts British Superbike championship is round four at Knockhill on 14-16 June.

Featured Images: Olithephoto.


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