Castle Donington (England),

In WorldSBK Race 2 Van der Mark takes the brace and Razgatlioglu takes a historic second place while the larger size Pirelli soft rear tyre is the most popular choice

In WorldSSP Cortese wins to become new Championship leader. In the top class, the Dutch Yamaha rider does the double, the satellite Kawasaki team Turkish rider finishes on the podium ahead of the factory bikes from Akashi. Another victory for Carrasco in W

Michael Van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Yamaha were the absolute protagonists of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship round held this weekend at the English Donington Parkcircuit.

The Dutch rider, after carrying out the historic undertaking yesterday, winning Race 1 and becoming the first Dutch rider to ever win a factory derivative world championship race, repeated the performance today, giving Yamaha a splendid double. In addition to Van der Mark's victories, the Japanese manufacturer also celebrated in the FIM Supersport World Championship where the win went to German rider Sandro Cortese astride his Yamaha YZF-R6 operated by the Kallio Racing satellite team.

Other important signs arrived in the top class in terms of various manufacturers and riders who rediscovered their competitive edge. Noteworthy was the performance by Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlioglu who, in his WorldSBK class rookie season, took a well-deserved second place in Race 2 with his satellite team Kawasaki Puccetti Racingbike, finishing ahead of the factory green machines ridden by Jonathan Rea, third, and Tom Sykes, sixth.

The feedback for Pirelli was also significant in Race 2: the new W1002 soft rear tyre in the larger 200/65 size, which had not garnered particular popularity with the riders in Imola and which was chosen yesterday in Race 1 only by the Yamaha riders and Savadori, today was used by the majority of the riders on the grid, including those who finished on the podium. For this reason, in order to better assess the performance and the effective benefits of the 200/65 compared to the 200/60, Pirelli will also bring this solution to the upcoming rounds. In WorldSSP, on the other hand, confirmation arrived for the standard solutions which were the most used by the riders.

In Race 2, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) started well from pole position, followed by Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Race 1 winner and teammate Michael Van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team). In the meantime, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), starting from the eighth spot on the grid, began to claw his way back up through the pack, moving into fourth place. During the second lap, Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) crashed out and was then forced to retire. Meanwhile, Van der Mark also managed to get past Savadori, moving in behind his teammate.

During the eighth lap, Rea succeeded in besting Savadori as well, thereby moving in behind the factory Yamaha bikes and then in the twelfth lap, he also got the better of Van der Mark, forcing him to hand over the second place position. In the meantime, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who had started from the eighth spot on the grid, also began to work his way toward the lead group.

With a blindingly fast pace, Jonathan Rea set off to chase down Alex Lowes and, in less than one lap, he bridged the gap behind the leader to launch his first attack, which Lowes successfully rebutted. The gap between the two was just two tenths of a second and Van der Mark was also quite close, just four tenths behind Rea.

On the seventeenth lap, Rea and Lowes locked horns for the lead and it was the Northern Irishman who, at least temporarily, gained the upper hand to move into first place. However, the factory Yamaha riders had no intention of letting him get away at the front and, staying right on his pipes, on the next lap Michael Van der Mark managed to take back the lead, first overtaking his teammate and then Jonathan Rea. But another rider also managed to grab some of the limelight in the race today: it was young Toprak Razgatlioglu who, on the corners moved into second place, overtaking both Lowes and Rea, thereby finishing on the second step of the podium ahead of World Champion Rea, third, and behind Michael Van der Mark, once again first across the line.

WorldSBK Race 2 standings:

1) M. Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
2) T. Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
3) J. Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
4) A. Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
5) C. Davies ( Racing – Ducati)
6) T. Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
7) L. Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia)
8) L. Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
9) J. Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
10) L. Baz (GULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team)
11) M. Melandri ( Racing – Ducati)
12) L. Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura)
13) J. Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team)
14) L. Mossey (Team Pedercini Racing)
15) B. Ray (Buildbase Suzuki)
16) P. Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team)
17) O. Jezek (Guandalini Racing)
18) N. Canepa (Yamaha Motor Europe)
19) G. Rea (OMG Racing UK)
RT) M. Law (Team WD40)RT) E. Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia)
RT) R. Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
RT) X. Forés (Barni Racing Team)
RT) L. Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
RT) M. Rinaldi ( Racing - Junior Team)

At 11:30 noon local time, the FIM Supersport World Championship race was held.The first row of the grid was all Yamaha with Jules Cluzel (NRT) starting from the front after taking pole position on Saturday. Defending World Champion Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team) was behind him ahead of Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) on the third spot.

When the lights went off, Cluzel got off to a strong start and managed to hold onto the race lead, but he was closely trailed by Cortese and Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag). In fourth place it was Mahias, who seemed unable to maintain the same pace as the leading trio, with a gap of over a second behind De Rosa. Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team), who started from the fourth spot on the grid, also lost a position, settling into fifth place.

From the fifth lap, Sandro Cortese got closer and closer to Cluzel in an effort to snatch the lead, which he managed to do during the eighth lap when he overtook the Frenchman with an aggressive move. In the meantime, Krummenacher succeeded in taking fourth place, besting Mahias, but during the fifteenth lap, the Frenchman took back the lost position, only to yield it to the Swiss rider again in the finale.

In the final laps, the leading trio made up of Cortese, Cluzel and De Rosa became even more compact, all three within a gap of six tenths of one another. On the sixteenth lap, Cluzel went just a bit wide on a corner and De Rosa capitalised to snatch second place from him, but the Frenchman managed to take it back during the final lap.

In the end, Sandro Cortese astride his team Kallio Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 managed to finish first, taking his second win of the season after the one at Aragón. Finishing behind him were Frenchman Jules Cluzel (NRT) and Italian Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag). With this victory, German rider Sandro Cortese becomes the new Championship leader.

WorldSSP standings:

1) S. Cortese (Kallio Racing)
2) J. Cluzel (NRT)
3) R. De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
4) R. Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)
5) L. Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team)
6) F. Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP team)
7) A. Badovini (MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag)
8) T. Gradinger (NRT)
9) S. Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
10) A. Irwin (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
11) A. West (EAB antwest Racing)
12) L. Cresson (Kallio Racing)
13) K. Smith (GEMAR Team Lorini)
14) H. Soomer (Racedays)
15) C. Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha)
16) L. Stapleford (Profile Racing)
17) S. Hill (Profile Racing)
18) E. Lahti (Sterkman Motorsport by HRP)
19) A. Coppola (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Junior Team)
20) W. Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MtM)
21) M. Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
22) J. Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki)
RT) R. Hartog (Team Hartog - Against Cancer)
RT) H. Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
RT) J. Van Sikkelerus (GEMAR Team Lorini)
RT) R. Vickers (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda)
RT) N. Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura)

The third event of the day on Sunday was the Supersport 300 World Championship race where, for the second time in a row after her win at Imola, the promising young Spaniard Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team) dominated astride her Kawasaki Ninja 400, finishing on the top step of the podium ahead of teammate Dorren Loureiro and Spaniard Borja Sanchez (ETG Racing). With this umpteenth victory, the Spanish rider has a firm grip on the lead in the overall championship standings.

In the Superstock1000 European Championship, the race that closed out the weekend on English soil, it was the third win out of four races so far this season for Markus Reiterberger (Alpha Racing-Van Zon-BMW) who rode his BMW under the chequered flag first ahead of Chilean Maximilian Scheib (Aprilia Racing Team) and Italian Roberto Tamburini (Berclaz Racing Team SA). 

The German BMW rider is now solidly in the overall championship rider standings with 86 points, increasing the gap ahead of his nearest rivals, Tamburini and Scheib.

The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders for WorldSBK Race 2 and WorldSSP:

In Race 2, the riders made quite a few changes, most of which concerned the rear where, given the excellent performance in Race 1 by Michael Van der Mark, several decided to put on the new and larger 200/65 soft compound rear tyre. Making this choice were all the Ducati riders as well as Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jordi Torres, Ondrej Jezek and Román Ramos.

On the rear, the W1002 SC0 larger size 200/65 tyre (option C) went from three votes in Race 1 to eleven, becoming the most popular choice in Race 2. The remaining riders were basically equally divided between the standard SC1 (option A) and the W1050 SC0 development solution (option B).At the front, the V0952 SC1 development tyre (option B)remained the most used with 23 riders out of the 25 on the grid choosing it. Only Davies and Haslam made different choices.

In the WorldSSP race, the riders used soft solutions both on the front and rear with preferences split between the available solutions and the standard solution winning out by a slight margin.

As for the front, the standard SC1 (option A) earned only three more votes than the X0012 SC1 development tyre (option B), whereas at the rear, the standard SC0 (option B) was slightly more popular than the X0497 SC0 development solution (option A).

Pirelli statistics for WorldSBK Race 2:

• Winner of the PIRELLI BEST LAP AWARD: Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK),in 1'27.983 at the 9th lap 

Most used front solution: development SC1 V0952 (23 out of 25 riders) 

• Most used rear solution: development SC0 W1002 (11 out of 25 riders) 

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike tyres: 275 km/h, achieved by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the 2nd lap 

• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the WorldSBK class: 5 front and 8 rear Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 80, including 34 front and 46 rear 

• Air temperature: 23° C 

• Asphalt temperature: 41° C

Pirelli statistics for WorldSSP race:

• Winner of the PIRELLI BEST LAP AWARD: Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing), in 1'30.913 in the 2nd lap 

• Most used front solution: standard SC1 (15 out of 27 riders) 

• Most used rear solution: standard SC0 (15 out of 27 riders) 

• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa tyres: 248.3 km/h, achieved by Jules Cluzel (NRT) in the 19th lap 

• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the WorldSSP class: 5 front and 5 rear Number of tyres available for each WorldSSP rider: 51, including 27 front and 25 rear 

• Air temperature: 22° C 

• Asphalt temperature: 33° C