WSBK, ROUND 5 - DONINGTON

WSBK, ROUND 5 - DONINGTON

Race 2

Savadori scores points for Milwaukee Aprilia in Race 2 as Laverty retires

Milwaukee Aprilia scored more points in Race 2 at Donington Park on Sunday, with Lorenzo Savadori finishing P7 after a hard-fought battle at the front. Teammate Eugene Laverty was forced to retire on Lap 16 with electronics issues.

Starting P2 and P3 after their season-best finish in Race 1 the riders both made quick getaways, Lorenzo trying a move up the inside of Lowes for the lead. As Van der Mark closed Lorenzo was still pushing hard, but was passed on Lap 3 and moved to third. As he struggled with grip he faced challenges from Rea and Razgatlioglu, and moved down to P5 by Lap 16. Davies closed the gap and passed Lorenzo on Lap 17, and he lost another place to Sykes on the final lap to finish P7 with 9 points.

Eugene had a difficult start, initially making a fast getaway but had a big moment on his bike exiting Turn 7 on the first lap and dropped to P14. From there he hung on to the pack and chased Torres, but a sticking throttle error on Lap 13 caused him to lose places and drop to P17. Concerned that the issue would risk danger to himself and to other riders, he pitted on Lap 15 and retired from the race.

Though not the result the team hoped for in Race 2 they still have positives to take away from Race 1, and have shown a strong step forward in performance that bodes well for the fast and flowing Brno circuit next month.

Shaun Muir - Team Principal
"After the high of yesterday both riders are certainly disappointed with today's result, especially Lorenzo who was frustrated not to improve.
Eugene had an electrical issue from the start of the race and was never going to be able to advance. He was out of the seat three times as a result and he took the sensible decision not to push it and to retire the bike.
Overall we've made some positive steps forward this weekend, Saturday's result was obviously the highlight and I think we have a lot to look forward to at Brno. The circuit's fast, flowing style should suit the Aprilia and we can hopefully stay in the top 6 group".

Lorenzo Savadori #32 : Grid P2 - Race P7 - 9 points
“We tried something different today which did not work perfectly in the race. The first part of the race was quite strong, but when the fuel level went down I struggled a lot to push. The rear tyre also looked strange after and I felt some unusual feelings in the race.
I'm quite happy with the results at Donington, we all worked very hard together and the bike felt good. In general we had a good weekend and P5 yesterday was a really good result that we deserved."

 

Eugene Laverty #50 : Grid P3 - Race DNF
“I had a problem on Lap 1 where the rear wheel locked after Turn 7. I thought I had oil in the tyre but there was some bug issue with the bike. I tried to stay in the race and at least salvage some points, but the throttle stuck open about halfway which scared me. I lost a few more places trying to make sure I didn't collide with another rider, and then it happened again and nearly put me in the wall. After that it wasn't worth the risk so I boxed.
I'm not happy with how the weekend went overall, we were quick in the warm up today but then had an electronics issue at the end, and then again in the race we had a problem which was a disaster.
The bike should work well in Brno, anywhere with long corners suits us. The other guys have tested there this year so they have a slight head start, but I'm confident we can put on a good performance there."

Race 1

Season-best finish for Milwaukee Aprilia in Race 1 at Donington

Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty scored the best race result so far of 2018 for Milwaukee Aprilia with a strong P5 and P6 at Donington Park on Saturday.

The morning Superpole 2 session delivered a good qualifying for the team, Lorenzo and Eugene lining up P4 and P7 respectively in their best grid positions since Round 1 at Phillip Island.

At the race start Lorenzo took P3, with Baz struggling to get away. He was passed by Van der Mark and Lowes though Craner Cruves and moved to P5. From there on he settled into a strong rhythm, setting a series of consistent laps and staying within 4 seconds of the leaders all the way to the chequered flag. In the final stages Lorenzo closed right up on Lowes and got within 0.4 behind him, but ultimately ran out of laps to make a pass. With his best lap of 1’28.311 only 0.3s slower than the overall quickest lap, his encouraging form holds real promise for Race 2.

Eugene slipped back at the start and lost P7 to Razgatlioglu. Eugene gave chase and made his move on lap 3, passing him for P6. He then closed in on Baz, chasing for two laps before passing him in the final sector for P5. Like his teammate he showed consistency in lap time, a best lap of 1’28.480 only 0.169s off Lorenzo’s best. Crossing the finish line P6 behind Lorenzo, Eugene showed true resolve in only his third race since a return from injury, and will target an even better result on Sunday.

With their deserved and hard-earned result Lorenzo and Eugene will start Race 2 from the front row in P2 and P3, giving them a great opportunity to deliver on the promising pace of Race 1 and score another strong points finish for the team.

Shaun Muir - Team Principal
"Today was very good, probably our best team performance in the three years we’ve been in WorldSBK. We needed that lift and something that would really elevate us to the front, and P5 and P6 today has done that.
I think with a few more laps Lorenzo would have got P4, but for him and Eugene in P6 we’re happy with that and it’s exactly where we need to be. The team has a good place to build from going forward, and the whole team deserves this result.
We start P2 and P3 for the race tomorrow, and we hope for more of the same. If we can be within 3 or 4 seconds of the lead and Eugene can make some overnight changes to get him closer to the front pack, then we will be in a good place and look forward to Brno". 

Lorenzo Savadori #32 : Grid P4 - Race P5 - 11 points
“The Superpole session was strong, but I was disappointed to miss the front row by such a small gap. Having dry weather helped me a lot and the bike felt good.
It was really positive in the race and I am happy with P5. I was close to Lowes near the end and P4 was possible, but I did not have enough time. We still need to make some changes for tomorrow because there were a few areas we struggled in, so I think we can do better from P2.
I want to thank the guys for their work so far, everyone worked well together and it is good that both bikes are quick. The weather is not 100% dry tomorrow so we need to see what happens, but I think we can have a good race for sure."

 

Eugene Laverty #50 : Grid P7 - Race P6 - 10 points
“Superpole was really good for us, even though we should have been higher. I was angry with myself for losing the front at the final corner when I was looking good for P3. I lost so much time there and it was disappointing, but we made up for it in the race.
The race was better than we expected. I struggled yesterday to get life into the tyre and maintain consistency so I was a little worried for the race, but we kept a decent rhythm and sixth was a good result for us.
I think tomorrow’s race is weather-dependent. If it’s wet then obviously it’s a big opportunity and I’ll be going in no holds barred. If it’s dry then we need to work on our rear grip to hang on in the second half, but either way I’m feeling confident."