Shocks and surprises trail in Tom Sykes’ wake after FP1, with four Independent bikes in the top ten; but where are the Ducatis?
The 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship visits Donington Park this weekend, with the opening Free Practice taking place under sunny skies. With the first 50-miute session complete, it was a mixed bag inside the top ten, with many riders fluctuating throughout the order. Come the end of the shocks and surprises, it was Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) who took top spot.
British riders may have arrived at home, but it was from a dominant start. Tom Sykes, who has won nine times at the Donington Park circuit, blasted his way to the top early in the session and maintained his spot right through to the end. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was in second place, ahead of Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), who crashed at Craner Curves with just two minutes to go. Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) placed fourth with a strong end to the session, whilst fellow Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) started his comeback with fifth.
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