British riders led the way in the first three practice sessions for the WSBK round at Donington Park today (Friday).
Tom Sykes, who has won the last four World Superbike races at Donington Park, was the fastest man overall after setting the best time of the day in the third session, having also topped the second practice.
Italian Davide Giugliano, who made a strong return to the championship at Imola last time out, looks like the international rider most likely to challenge the Brits, setting the second quickest time of the day overall, despite a fall at Redgate (turn one) in the final session.
World Championship leader Jonathan Rea was third fastest today with Donington Park-backed Leon Haslam a strong fourth despite carrying rib injuries from his Imola incident. Chaz Davies was fifth quickest ahead of Derbyshire’s Alex Lowes, with Italian Ayrton Badovini and Dutchman Michael van der Mark seventh and eighth. Leon Camier surprised by setting the fastest time in the first session on his MV Agusta machine, and finished ninth in the overall classification for the day, with another Italian, Matteo Baiocco, completing the top-10. A very close and exciting qualifying session tomorrow seems to be in store, with today’s top-13 riders covered by less than a second on the time sheets.
Before the World Superbike ‘superpole’ qualifying session at midday tomorrow, there is another World Superbike free practice at 9.30am.