The opening day of the UK Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has come to a close, with the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team on track for Friday’s traditional two free practice sessions at Donington Park. Stefan Bradl, who turned a wheel at this track today for the first time in eight years, is 17th in the combined times of the two hours of practice and, therefore, will take part in tomorrow’s Superpole 1. On the other side of the garage, Nicky Hayden’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine was on full display, with his #69 helmet on top of the fuel tank.

With gorgeous weather blessing England’s East Midlands area, Bradl took his time to find his braking marks and riding line around the undulating strip of asphalt of the spectacular 4.023km track, which is known for requiring a lot of work in search of a good set-up for all sectors. The 27-year-old German rider was able to improve on his FP1 time towards the end of the second session by logging a 1’29.400secs lap.

World Superbike action at Donington Park will resume tomorrow morning at 9:05 local time (GMT +1) for the 25-minute FP3 session, with Superpole 1 (11:00) and race one (15:00) to follow. At 2pm, the whole paddock and many fans will gather together on the grid for a minute’s silence in honour of Nicky Hayden.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

17th

It hasn’t been an easy day, because we haven’t yet quite found the right feeling with the bike. This track requires a very good throttle response and smooth power delivery, so these are the areas we need to work on the most. I hope the weather won’t change, so that we can make the most of tomorrow morning’s FP3 and Superpole 1 to continue working on the bike set-up ahead of race one.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Stefan had a decent start to the day and was around the top-10 in the first half of FP1, but from then on we were not able to improve as much we thought in the rest of the session and the afternoon one. Donington is a track that requires a very unique set-up being a circuit of two very different halves, so now we are analysing the data to come up with some adjustments to be made on the bike for tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
UK Round

Donington Park, United Kingdom

WorldSBK 2017, Round 6

Sunny & Dry / 25
Friday 26 May 2017, 14:37 UTC
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 48%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'27.740
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.122
3 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.399
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.413
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.426
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.634
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.664
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.881
9 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.941
10 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +0.943
11 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +0.970
12 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.156
13 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.165
14 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1.255
15 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.327
16 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.548
17 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.660
18 Jake Dixon 27 GBR Royal Air Force Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.769
19 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.782
20 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.055
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.555
22 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.848
Rider Standings
Sunday, 14 May 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 235 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 161 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 160 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 124 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 94 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 84 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 78 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 65 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
9 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 64 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 55 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 44 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 43 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
14 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 34 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 28 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 25 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 23 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
19 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
20 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
21 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
22 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
23 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki