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World Superbike and World Supersport 2017

Round 06: Donington Park Circuit – Graeat Britain

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Graeat Britain
Graeat Britain
May 28, 2017

Bradl Pulls Out of Race One at Donington Park

The opening race of the UK Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship was contested today at the Donington Park Circuit in central England, with Stefan Bradl forced into an early retirement after two thirds of the encounter.

The race got underway after a touching minute’s silence for the late Nicky Hayden, which took place on Donington’s start/finish straight. Nicky’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 #69 was surrounded by all Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team members, with an ocean of people made up of riders, fans, press and organizing staff gathering around it.

Under a cloudy sky and with strong winds blowing across the 4.023km British circuit, the 27-year-old German rider maintained his position at the start, and by lap nine he was up to to 14th. With a clear track ahead, Stefan had to defend hard from a resurgent Davies, who had crashed out of the lead the lap before. After heading a group of three riders battling for 15th place, Bradl started to lose ground and ultimately returned to the pit-box at the end of lap 16, where he retired from the race.

On-track action for the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park will resume tomorrow morning at 9:50 local time (GMT +1) for the traditional 15-minute warm up, with the second encounter of the weekend to begin at 15:00.

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Stefan Bradl
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Stefan Bradl

Honda Rider Comments

Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 1 / DNF
“There was a lot of wind out there and that surely added some extra challenge to the race. Already from the start I could not ride the bike the way I wanted and then I had a near highside at Turn 1, after which I found it almost impossible to keep going. We’re not sure what happened yet, but the team is looking into it and I hope we can bounce back for race two.”
Pieter Breddels
“First of all I would like to thank Dorna on behalf of the whole team for the amazing job they did for the minute’s silence. It was really a great tribute to Nicky, it couldn’t have been done any better and it was really good to see the fans involved as well. Regarding the race, unfortunately things didn’t go the way we wanted but we’re now investigating to find out what the issue was, so that we can get ready for tomorrow.”

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Stefan Bradl
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Stefan Bradl

Eleventh Place for Bradl in Closing WorldSBK Race of the UK Round

Stefan Bradl was eleventh at the checkered flag on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine in the second WorldSBK race of the weekend, which took place under sunny skies at Donington Park.

The outcome of the race for the 27-year-old German rider was largely dictated at the start by a crash in front of him at turn one. When the rider fell ahead of him, it forced Stefan almost to a stop to which naturally cost him a lot of ground to the leaders. From the very back of the field, Bradl fought back as he went from 21st place to 14th in the first third of the race. Then, with a big gap to bridge from the riders ahead, Bradl rode a lonely race to cross the finish line in 11th at the end of the 23-lap encounter.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will now be on the road to Misano, where a two-day private test will be carried out from Wednesday with Stefan Bradl and test rider Michele Magnoni. The next round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place at the same track in three weekends time.

Honda Rider Comments

Stefan Bradl Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: Race 2 / 11th
“We made a couple of changes to the chassis set-up before the race to improve the rear-end grip and it turned out to be a little bit better. Just after the start of the race, though, at turn one Krummenacher crashed in front of me and I had to brake and almost stop, so I lost a lot of time. I found myself last so I had to do my best to recover as many positions as possible. Eleventh place is an OK result, but there is still a lot of work to do, but fortunately we have a test coming up in Misano which will be very important for us.”
Pieter Breddels (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
“Before the race we decided to make a couple of adjustments to the set-up and things improved. Still, we seem to be skirting around the problem because we haven’t yet found the right throttle connection for Stefan. We will take this 11th place, though, and get ready for the Misano test, where we’ll be able to evaluate a lot of new material. We will welcome back Michele Magnoni, who was also our test rider some years ago. He will help us to go through all the things we have to try and hopefully we will be able to make that step forward we’ve been looking for.”
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Stefan Bradl

World Superbike and World Supersport 2017
Round 06: Donington Park – Graeat Britain

Superbike Race 1
Rank Rider (Team)
1Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
3Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
4Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
5Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
6Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
7Leandro Mercado (IODARacing)
8Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
9Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
10Xavi Forés (BARNI Racing Team)
11Román Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)
12Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
13Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia)
14Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
15Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
RTStefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
Superbike Race 2
Rank Rider (Team)
1Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati)
4Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
5Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
6Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
7Xavi Forés (BARNI Racing Team)
8Román Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)
9Jake Dixon (Royal Air Force Reg. & Res. Kawasaki)
10Raffaele de Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team)
11Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
12Riccardo Russo (Guandalini Racing)
13Ondrej Jezek (Grillini Racing Team)
14Ayrton Badovini (Grillini Racing Team)
RTLorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
Supersport
Rank Rider (Team)
1Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
2Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team)
3Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
4Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing)
5 Jack Kennedy (Profile Racing)
6Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing)
7Anthony West (West Racing)
8Kyle Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini)
9Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
11Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
12Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)
13Hannes Soomer (WILSport Racedays)
14Roberto Rolfo (Team Factory Vamag)
15Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven)

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