WSBK DONINGTON 2016 - RACE 1

WSBK DONINGTON 2016 - RACE 1

SUPERBIKE

Superbike at Donington: Lorenzo Savadori 6th in Race1

Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis have sought to exploit the full potential of their Aprilia RSV4RF in Race1 at Donington, to get the best possible thanks to the excellent results in Superpole.

Starting from the front row with the third fastest lap time, Lorenzo Savadori fought for the podium in the first part of the race, also helped by an error made by Chaz Davies before and another mistake made by Jonathan Rea after, but at the end of the race, the Italian rider had the possibility to fight for fourth place in the group consisting of Nicky Hayden and Leon Camier. Despite an attempt to gain positions in the final laps, Lorenzo Savadori ended Race 1 at Donington in sixth place, proving to be on the right track to solve its problems in the second half of the race.

Decidedly different the final of the Alex De Angelis race. The San Marino rider crashed to the fourteenth lap for a contact with another driver while he was fighting for the top ten. De Angelis, who started from the fifth row with the thirteenth time, after he leaves the grid immediately he was placed in the group of pursuers in order to get into the top 10. The San Marino rider, who had a good pace, not far from that of the riders who were fighting for the podium, first suffered the overtake by Davies and later by West which, however, went wide in turn, closed its trajectory while De Angelis was passing. The contact between the two bikes, while De Angelis was still in front of and on the ideal line, caused the crash of the Iodaracing rider.
At the end of Race 1 at Donington, the World Superbike Championship sees Lorenzo Savadori in ninth place with 76 points and Alex De Angelis in fourteenth place with 41 points.

LORENZO SAVADORI

"For me that today was a good race. At one point I was even close to the third position, but only for a Rea mistake. Maybe that was not exactly our position today, however, the positive thing is that we had a good pace, but in the early laps where I could not feel very well the bike. From mid-race onwards, however, I start to feel better the bike, but we had some difficulty because of some wobbling movements. Towards the final stages of the race, Rea was in front of me made a straight and I seemed to be able to recover a bit ‘on him, I tried to attack him, but I also went a bit ‘longer. Then came Camier and Hayden on the penultimate lap and I tried to take a position, attempting an entry of Hayden but I could not do anything. Despite all it was a good race. It is not yet as I would like but we did better than usual in the second half of the race and for this I thank you for the good work done, Aprilia and Iodaracing Team".

ALEX DE ANGELIS

"The race was not going badly for me, but as usual when starting so far back you can not take the step that you would like and I was a bit ‘more than to drivers who I had close. Then when Davis passed me, he has also overtook West which went wide. At that point I did not do nothing but follow the ideal line in inner curve and West returned to the trajectory, and I fell. I am convinced that the West did not do it on purpose, I do not know if he saw me before returning in line or not, surely he had notice of me when our motorcycle collided. I’m sorry because competition in the top 10 would be a good result considering that my pace was good and maybe I could follow Davies for a few laps".