Alex looking forward to home WorldSBK round at Donington
The sixth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship sees Voltcom Crescent Suzuki set to race on home soil this weekend as the team travels to Donington Park for this season’s only race event in the UK.
Local rider Alex Lowes, based just 10 minutes from the Derby circuit, is eagerly anticipating his home race at his favourite track and has a one-off RST race suit, adorned with the Union Jack, to celebrate the occasion!
Having mounted the rostrum three times during his previous BSB and WSBK appearances, Lowes is confident his knowledge of the circuit can aid the development of the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R’s new electronics further.
Set in the heart of the historic Donington Hall Estate, North West Leicestershire – 190kms from the UK’s capital, London – and established as a motor racing circuit in 1931, the 4023m-long layout encompasses 12 corners throughout its clockwise, undulating design.
The location’s natural amphitheatre creates perfect viewing for the spectators as the WSBK riders tackle the high-acceleration and hard-breaking corners of the British track.
Donington Park will see Alex complete all three timed-for-qualifying free practice sessions on Friday May 22nd, the first of which commencing at 10:00BST, with an earlier than usual Superpole starting at 12:00BST on Saturday.
Sunday’s two 23 lap races will run at 12:00BST and 15:00BST respectively, with a reduction of three laps if the British rain descends.
“Donington has always been one of my favourite tracks and as it’s only 10 minutes from where I live it really is a home race! I’ve made some great memories here over the years – including getting a WSBK podium on the Suzuki last year – and the UK fans are always in great spirits, really supportive of all the British riders, and Crescent as the only British-based team, so it’s a fantastic atmosphere all weekend. It’s a technical layout and I always enjoy the challenge but I know the track so well, so I’m really looking forward to getting started on Friday and getting back out there on the GSX-R.”
Source: Suzuki Racing