The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has reached Donington Park to take part, with heavy hearts, in the sixth round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. The whole team will be remembering and celebrating the life of the late Nicky Hayden by doing what he liked the most: racing. His Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine will be present within the pit-box throughout the whole weekend alongside the one of his team mate Stefan Bradl, who will be the sole rider on track for the team at this round.

Bradl returns to Donington Park for the first time since 2009, when he was racing in the 125cc World Championship; that was, in fact, the last time the East Midlands Circuit hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix event. The 27-year-old German rider will have to re-learn the track on the much more powerful 1000cc Honda WorldSBK-spec machine.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team and series promoter Dorna will pay tribute to Nicky Hayden through various initiatives, including a minute’s silence on the grid at 14:00 local time (GMT +1) on Saturday, which will involve riders, teams and fans.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

This weekend is going to be very difficult for everybody. Nicky was a racer, was born and raised into a racing family and all his life was about enjoying racing, so we will be here to keep his passion alive and pay tribute to him the best possible way. Donington is a track I know from my time in the 125cc World Championship, and I have raced here twice already. As I said it won’t be an easy round, but we will do our best in his name.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

Obviously, this is not going to be a round like any other: everything we have been doing a million times at a racetrack will have a whole different meaning and feeling to it. We will all stay strong together and give our best support to Stefan, who has the hard task to go out there and give it all. And, of course, we will pay tribute to Nicky in the best way we know and we hope to make him proud.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
UK Round

Donington Park, United Kingdom

WorldSBK 2017, Round 6

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