WSBK: Blighty 1 (Spoilers)

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  1. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Crescent Suzuki is reporting that John Hopkins, who rode at Monza just long enough to break his foot, will not be fit to race at Donington. Possible replacement TBNL.
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  2. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Hopkins does seem to catch all the breaks, doesn't he.:lol3

    Hope the weather is good this time out.

    Do the riders really like Donington?
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  3. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Hopper did!

    :cry
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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Pretty much everyone loves Donnington. A Beautiful flowing track with a bit of everything. Unfortunately it's 'Slippery When Wet'.....(But it IS England, in Spring, so there won't be any of that then, will there? :lol3)
    Kind of the 'home' of WSBK too.
    Here's some pix from the reopening of the track a cuppla years back.

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    Hmmm. Josh Brooks doesn't go too bad round here, and he's riding a Zuki.....
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  5. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Thanks for the pics. That's a beautiful looking track.
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  6. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Can you even imagine doing a track day at that place? Damn that would be awesome.
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  7. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    <table class="resultsTable"><tbody><tr><td>1</td> <td> 66</td> <td> SYKES T</td> <td> Kawasaki ZX-10R</td> <td> 1'30.756</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 2</td> <td> 2</td> <td> CAMIER L</td> <td> Suzuki GSX-R1000</td> <td> 1'30.825</td> <td> 0.069</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 3</td> <td> 96</td> <td> SMRZ J</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'30.842</td> <td> 0.086</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 4</td> <td> 84</td> <td> FABRIZIO M</td> <td> BMW S1000 RR</td> <td> 1'30.876</td> <td> 0.120</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 5</td> <td> 33</td> <td> MELANDRI M</td> <td> BMW S1000 RR</td> <td> 1'30.895</td> <td> 0.139</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 6</td> <td> 91</td> <td> HASLAM L</td> <td> BMW S1000 RR</td> <td> 1'30.962</td> <td> 0.206</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 7</td> <td> 3</td> <td> BIAGGI M</td> <td> Aprilia RSV4 Factory</td> <td> 1'30.976</td> <td> 0.220</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 8</td> <td> 86</td> <td> BADOVINI A</td> <td> BMW S1000 RR</td> <td> 1'31.075</td> <td> 0.319</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 9</td> <td> 50</td> <td> GUINTOLI S</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'31.142</td> <td> 0.386</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 10</td> <td> 65</td> <td> REA J</td> <td> Honda CBR1000RR</td> <td> 1'31.187</td> <td> 0.431</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 11</td> <td> 7</td> <td> CHECA C</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'31.197</td> <td> 0.441</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 12</td> <td> 19</td> <td> DAVIES C</td> <td> Aprilia RSV4 Factory</td> <td> 1'31.386</td> <td> 0.630</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 13</td> <td> 121</td> <td> BERGER M</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'31.832</td> <td> 1.076</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 14</td> <td> 34</td> <td> GIUGLIANO D</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'32.009</td> <td> 1.253</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 15</td> <td> 58</td> <td> LAVERTY E</td> <td> Aprilia RSV4 Factory</td> <td> 1'32.037</td> <td> 1.281</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 16</td> <td> 59</td> <td> CANEPA N</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'32.493</td> <td> 1.737</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 17</td> <td> 60</td> <td> HICKMAN P</td> <td> Suzuki GSX-R1000</td> <td> 1'32.674</td> <td> 1.918</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 18</td> <td> 87</td> <td> ZANETTI L</td> <td> Ducati 1098R</td> <td> 1'32.739</td> <td> 1.983</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 19</td> <td> 4</td> <td> AOYAMA H</td> <td> Honda CBR1000RR</td> <td> 1'33.277</td> <td> 2.521</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 20</td> <td> 76</td> <td> BAZ L*</td> <td> Kawasaki ZX-10R</td> <td> 1'33.401</td> <td> 2.645</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 21</td> <td> 18</td> <td> AITCHISON M</td> <td> BMW S1000 RR</td> <td> 1'33.722</td> <td> 2.966</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 22</td> <td> 36</td> <td> MERCADO L</td> <td> Kawasaki ZX-10R</td> <td> 1'34.115</td> <td> 3.359</td> </tr> <tr> <td> 23</td> <td> 101</td> <td> MASON G</td> <td> Kawasaki ZX-10R</td> <td> 1'34.589</td> <td> 3.833</td></tr></tbody></table>

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  8. RaY YreKa

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    It's a really nice track.

    As a teenager in the 80s I attended the metal/rock gigs there, and as an adult I've gone for the racing.

    I can't make it this year but it should be a great event.

    Btw, we just had the wettest April in 100 years in the UK, but the outlook for the w/e is good :D
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  9. bimmerx2

    bimmerx2 Been here awhile

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    What's the deal with Fabrizio. Does he just like to ride around for fun now? He looks great right up to when it counts then he either quits or tanks it.
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  10. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    Whats the deal with Sykes? Did they totally redesign the bike or what? Seemed like Kawi has been lacking for the past few years in the" Big Bike Class" and now Sykes is kickin ass, what has changed?
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  11. RaY YreKa

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    Kawasaki has put a lot into the road-bike ZX-10 and ZX-14. It looks like they have finally taken WSBK seriously, and given Sykes a good crew and management set-up (they fired the old one).

    Apart from that. maybe Sykes just got faster?
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  12. sgmarshall

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    Good to see so many brands in racing, Sykes got a raw deal at Yamaha (of course, being Ben Spies team mate didn't help). Donington was my favorite track on the old PS2 motogp game, the next fav. was Suzuka. (2000 version, with 2 strokes). I hate that Hopper always tries to over ride his bike, they guy is talented, last year I even was following BSB, Hope he can go through 1 season with no injuries on a good bike.
    The championship is wide open at this point, once again, I'm rooting for the "old" guys (since Hopper is out of contention)- I'm good with either Biaggi or Checa.
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  13. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Sykes, again. Wow.
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  14. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Althea Racing riders Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano have faced an afternoon more difficult than yesterday, after a hard-fought Superpole, Checa was qualified in ninth position for tomorrow's races and Giugliano thirteenth.
    Sunny skies but cool temperature (10° C 18° C air, asphalt) to Superbike qualifying this morning. Davide Giugliano continued to make good progress, constantly lowering made record time yesterday and set several laps under 1 ' 30. His best lap in this session it was six-tenths of a second faster than his best time of yesterday, and this time finished in eleventh position, qualifying comfortably for Superpole. Carlos Checa continued work yesterday, focusing his technical on finalizing its 1198. In the last minute of the session, Carlos did record a very fast (1 ' 28.9) who placed third. Only the first three – Checa, Sykes and Smrz – they filmed under the 1 ' 29.
    Superpole 1 – the first phase of the Superpole went well for Carlos who did a fastest lap time of 1 and ' 28.6 has placed third. By this time there was no need to get back on track and Carlos ended the mini-session in fifth position. David struggled to make a clean lap as he had done in previous sessions. As a result, his fastest lap time earned him the thirteenth place, off of just one-tenth of a second from Badovini, 12th.
    Superpole 2 – Checa and came out first with a qualification but, seeing that he would serve another exit, and is back on track with a cover. The times made record were not so low as hoped the Spanish rider who has finished in ninth position, at a fraction of a second by Camier, eighth.
    Carlos Checa: ' we had tried the qualification at the start of the second phase but I decided to make the second exit with rubber. I thought that with the rubber would be possible to record a 1 ' 28. I tried until the end but it seemed that there was the same level of grip that there was this morning and then I failed to do it. It went well and tomorrow there will be need to leave very well. "
    Davide Giugliano: "in the morning I went pretty well but in Superpole, with a race, I failed to put together a tour such as those facts earlier this morning. Perhaps I was a bit nervous, I don't know, but it's a shame because I finished off the second phase for only one-tenth of a second. We start tomorrow. Obviously not going to be easy because I start from the fourth row, but will certainly try my best ".
    Time (Superpole): 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1 ' 27.7; 2. Haslam (BMW) 1 ' 27.8; 3. Melandri (BMW) 1 ' 28.1; 4. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1 ' 28.3; 5. Hayden (Ducati) 1 ' 28.4; 6. Rea (Honda) 1 ' 28.5; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 1 ' 28.5; 8. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1 ' 28.7; 9. Checa (Ducati) 1 ' 28.4 …. 13. Giugliano (Ducati) 1 ' 29.2
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    Weather looks like it could turn to shit. But it'll almost certainly be consistent shit. On this basis, I'll stick my neck out, (hardly :1drink), and predict a BMW victory on the 25th anniversary of WSBK.

    So there. Happy viewing ya mongrells, I'm at work. Supersport should be just spectacular Go JED!
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  18. lowrpm

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    Does anyone know which TV station is carrying SBK today in Lyon? Also, what time? Staying in a hotel for the day and there's no guide! Don't think I've got any cable channels either.:cry
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  19. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    The nearest pub?
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  20. RaY YreKa

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    Clear skies at Donington; great opening montage from Eurosport :freaky
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