#GBRWorldSBK Donington, Saturday roundup: World Superbike, World Supersport
In Race 1 at Donington Park, Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured his 15th victory of the season, extending his winning streak to 11 consecutive races. He ended Ducati’s 12-year winless run at Donington Park by fending off Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). The trio engaged in a fierce battle, swapping positions several times throughout the early stages of the race.
Ultimately, Bautista emerged as the winner: he broke away from his rivals after regaining the lead on lap 9, and then built up a solid lead ahead of Razgatlioglu. Jonathan Rea’s third-place finish marked his 250th podium achievement in WorldSBK, becoming the first rider to reach this milestone. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) clinched his best result in WorldSBK with a fourth-place finish. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) finished fifth, while Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took sixth place.
In WorldSSP Race 1 at Donington Park, Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) secured another victory after a battle with Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha). Bulega started from pole position and maintained his lead throughout the race, setting lap record pace. He built a gap of two seconds over Manzi in the early stages and managed to hold onto his advantage despite Manzi’s efforts to close in.
Bulega crossed the finish line with a 1.2s lead, extending his Championship lead by five points. Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) secured third place, claiming his first podium of the year. Battles for fourth and fifth places resulting in Glenn van Straalen from EAB Racing Team taking fifth, and a last-lap tussle between Valentin Debise and Marcel Schroetter, allowed Debise to finish in sixth.