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 organising 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.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
UK Round

Donington Park, United Kingdom

WorldSBK 2017, Round 6

Cloudy & Windy / 18
Saturday 27 May 2017, 14:45 UTC
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Ground Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'56.457
2 Leon Haslam 91 GBR 20 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +16.500
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +19.170
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +19.699
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +21.454
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR 10 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +23.376
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +24.979
8 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 8 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +26.988
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 7 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +34.910
10 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 6 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +35.178
11 Román Ramos 40 SPA 5 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +38.585
12 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 4 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +39.824
13 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +44.623
14 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 2 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +52.539
15 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 1 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +58.875
16 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'03.994
17 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1'06.816
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'14.800
NC Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 0 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Stefan Bradl 6 GER 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Jake Dixon 27 GBR 0 Royal Air Force Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki DNF
Sunny & Dry / 23
Saturday 27 May 2017, 10:55 UTC
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 69%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'26.641
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.364
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.697
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.897
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.177
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.239
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.514
8 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.613
9 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.667
10 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.696
11 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.892
12 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +2.009
13 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
14 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
16 Jake Dixon 27 GBR Royal Air Force Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +
17 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
18 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
20 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
22 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
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
Saturday, 27 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 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 185 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 169 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 137 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 110 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 90 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 89 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 74 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 72 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 58 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 49 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 43 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 43 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 32 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 27 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 23 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Leon HASLAM 91 GBR 20 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
20 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 6 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
21 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
22 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
23 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
24 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 3 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki