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GINO REA THIRD AT DONINGTON PARK – 2011/03/27

Gino Rea on the podium after finishing third

Gino Rea on the podium after finishing third

In front of a home crowd SHARK protected Gino Rea took a podium finish against the odds securing third place in the European round of the World Supersport Championship at Donington Park yesterday. Rea had been in sixth place, until other riders either broke down or ran off track, allowing the young Brit to take third and hold that position for the last seven laps.

Fellow SHARK rider and race favorite Sam Lowes qualified in third place and set a new lap record on the sixth lap (1,31.094). On the 14th lap the popular Brit suffered clutch problems with his Parkalgar Honda forcing him to retire from the race and miss out on an almost guaranteed podium finish. Fabien Foret missed the Donington race after re-injuring his middle and right ring finger following a crash in practice on Friday.

During the Superbike races SHARK riders fought hard to secure points. Brit Tom Sykes had been challenging for a podium in race one after qualifying on the front row, when he crashed at the Foggy Esses with just six laps remaining. Sykes who was uninjured following his crash battled with a mechanical problem in race two and finished 12th. Australian Troy Corser made up some positions at the start of race one, but struggled with low grip finishing ninth. Race two saw Corser finish in 13th place, where he also lies in the overall championship. Sylvain Guintoli left Donington Park with two 11th place finishes.

The next round takes place at Assen on 17 April.

Gino Rea – Supersport – third:
“We got a bit lucky but that is racing. We went into the race so blind and had lost so much time in practice. We just wanted to get into the race and get some points in the bag after the DNF at Phillip Island. I do not know what to say about ending up third, this is just amazing. Huge thanks to the team for all the hard work they have done this weekend, and they picking things up from some low points this weekend. I feel just great.”

Hard weekend for Tom Sykes with a crash and mechanical issues

Hard weekend for Tom Sykes with a crash and mechanical issues

Tom Sykes – Superbike – race one: DNF, race two: 12th:
« I was delighted to qualify on the front row and prove the potential of the Kawasaki ZX-10R and had real hopes of a podium. I had a minor problem with downshifting and was disappointed to crash out in race one and then the problem re-occurred in race two and I just had to bring the bike home. But we’ve been strong this weekend and we will take this into Assen next time. »

Troy Corser – Superbike – race one: ninth, race two: 13th:
“We have improved the bike in some areas since Phillip Island, which is good, but we are still encountering some issues that we need to address. We are struggling with too much spin from the rear tyre, and it’s making it hard to set consistent times. The bike felt more settled and easier to ride with the changes we have made, but we are still having issues. We have a test coming up so hopefully we can make some good progress there and be ready for Assen.”

Sam Lowes retired with clutch problems

Sam Lowes retired with clutch problems

Sam Lowes – Supersport – DNF:
“I got boxed in at the start and after that I wanted to ease into the race. I made some good moves to get up there near the front. I was catching the leaders steadily and I felt I was going to get with them but when the clutch went I tried to adjust it at first but then I had to pull in.”

Fabien Foret – Supersport – DNS:
“I have a big problem with my hand and it is the throttle hand. Last night they put two screws in one bone of my finger because it was an open fracture, and one piece was gone. Basically I can ride but not fast enough to race. I am now working to be ready to race and race well at Assen.”

Donington Park, round two – Supersport (22 laps):
1 / L. SCASSA
2 / C. DAVIES
3 / G. REA (SHARK)
4 / R. HARMS
5 / B. PARKES
6 / D. SALOM
7 / M. ROCCOLI
8 / F. MARINO
9 / V. IANNUZZO
10 / A. LUNDH
DNF / S. LOWES (SHARK)

Supersport Championship Standings to date:
1 / L. SCASSA 50
2 / B. PARKES 31
3 / R. HARMS 24
4 / D. SALOM 23
5 / C. DAVIES 20
6 / F. MARINO 17
7 / G. REA (SHARK) 16
8 / S. LOWES (SHARK) 16
9 / V. IANNUZZO 15
10 / A. LUNDH 13

Donington Park, round two – Superbike race one – (23 laps):
1 / M. MELANDRI
2 / J. SMRZ
3 / C. CHECA
4 / L. HASLAM
5 / J. REA
6 / N. HAGA
7 / M. BIAGGI
8 / L. CAMIER
9 / T. CORSER (SHARK)
10 / J. LASCORZ
11 / S. GUINTOLI (SHARK)
DNF / T. SYKES (SHARK)

Donington Park – Superbike race two (23 laps):
1 / C. CHECA
2 / M. MELANDRI
3 / L. CAMIER
4 / L. HASLAM
5 / J. LASCORZ
6 / J. REA
7 / M. FABRIZIO
8 / J. SMRZ
9 / BADOVINI
10 / R. XAUS
11 / S. GUINTOLI (SHARK)
12 / T. SYKES (SHARK)
13 / T. CORSER (SHARK)

Superbike Championship positions to date:
1 / C. CHECA 91
2 / M. MELANDRI 72
3 / L. HASLAM 53
4 / M. BIAGGI 49
5 / J. SMRZ 42
6 / J. REA 38
7 / L. CAMIER 37
8 / M. FABRIZIO 27
9 / N. HAGA 26
10 / T. SYKES (SHARK) 19
13 / T. CORSER (SHARK) 16

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