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.