Brookes at Esses

Brookes at Esses

The British Superbike Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend for the final round of the ‘main’ season as eight riders remain in a mathematical possibility of securing the final three ‘Showdown’ positions.

Pirelli Overview
It has been a unanimous success for the new SC1 ‘softer’ rear compound which was introduced at the start of this season, having been the tyre choice for each race victor from the seventeen races this season. It is again expected to be the favoured choice for riders should conditions remain dry this weekend.
Donington Park remains a firm favourite with riders, with the former MotoGP circuit seeing a mix of fast flowing corners for the first half of the lap, before a tight stop-go final sector provides a key last lap overtaking option. Last year saw track temperatures reach an unseasonable high of over 40 degrees; meaning careful tyre preservation became essential.
It is a busy weekend for the Pirelli supplied support Championships as there will also be races from the British Supersport Championship, both the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championships, the Triumph Triple Challenge and the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge. Every competitor will use the Diablo Supercorsa SC V2 control tyre.
Members of the East Midlands Bikers Club as well as MCE Insurance guests will have a special insight into the world of Pirelli, BSB and tyre technology at Pirelli hospitality within the Donington paddock.
Series leader Shakey Byrne

Series leader Shakey Byrne

Race Preview

Donington Park has been the scene of some fantastic racing over the past few seasons, and while Shane Byrne, Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes will be looking to extend their podium credits having already secured Showdown positions, all eyes will be on the battle for the final three places.
James Ellison needs just six points to secure his fourth place in the Championship, while former Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari sits just twelve points behind the Milwaukee Yamaha rider. The final place is currently occupied by local Derby rider Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW), however following a tough weekend at Cadwell that slot remains open as teammate Westmoreland, the resurgent Tommy Bridewell and fan favourite Chris Walker remain within 29 points.
Last year saw Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes enjoy a dominating weekend, taking pole position, two fastest laps and both victories whilst 2012 Champion Byrne recuperated from injuries.
The hunt for the British Supersport championship took another turn at Cadwell Park following a crash from long term leader Alastair Seeley, allowing former Champion Stuart Easton to close to within 22 points of the lead.
Pirelli View
Pirelli Racing Manager Jason Griffiths commented, “Donington Park is a great circuit for both riders and spectators, it has a bit of everything with fast sweeping corners, elevation changes and slow hairpins. This is the final round of the main season, so all eyes will be on those riders battling for the final three Showdown positions.
Pirelli have a busy weekend ahead, with all six of our supported Championships returning to action at Donington.”
View from behind the screen
Donington is a proven favourite amongst riders, as former British and World Superbike ChampionNeil Hodgson gave Pirelli an exclusive insight into why, “It is just an amazing track, really old school with no stop–go chicanes, even the Foggy Esses are faster than they used to be now. Every time I ride there I have a big smile to myself before plunging down the Craner Curves as the tarmac swoops away in front of you. It’s a favourite with riders because of this flowing nature and also because there is tons of run-off.
The first two thirds of the track favour the smoother rider who can carry loads of corner speed and has confidence in the front end of the bike. The final sector though is all about hard braking and it is almost motocross style as the bike snakes around and hops about.
From a tyre point of view it’s not too bad for wear as the surface really is billiard smooth. Riders do need to watch out in the first few laps on the left hand kink of Craner Curves as the tyre doesn’t get so much heat into it and there’s a slight crest which can unload the front at just the wrong time. It’s a classic place to lose the front, in fact there are said to be two types of racers, ‘those who’ve crashed at Craner and those who will crash there soon’. Worryingly I’ve still not fallen off there so maybe it’s my time soon!
Shakey will be fast here especially with that style of his but obviously Josh did the double here last year in his absence. Alex is in fine form and comes off a double win, James Ellison has hit top gear and we even have Tommy Bridewell in the mix, so anything could happen!
I’ll be at Donington all weekend with the Ducati 848 guys and I really enjoy seeing how they progress. I always look forward to going there as even when I was having a bad season, Donington was kind to me. I took my BSB title and won my first WSB race there; so it is all good memories!
2012 Flashback:
Race one result:
1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +1.190s
3. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +1.927s
4. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +7.517s
5. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +7.537s
6. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +7.698s
7. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +8.106s
8. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +8.373s
9. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +8.568s
10. Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +8.752s
Race two result:
1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.436s
3. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +10.302s
4. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +14.026s
5. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.508s
6. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +15.361s
7. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +15.797s
8. Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +18.352s
9. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +18.371s
10. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +19.485s
2013 Championship standings after Cadwell Park:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 330 (35 podium credits)
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 293 (27 podium credits)
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 284 (22 podium credits)
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 174 (12 podium credits)
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 162 (4 podium credits)
6. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 135 (0 podium credits)
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