The opening day of the WorldSBK UK round kicked off today with ideal, sunny conditions at Donington Park, where the first two free practice sessions of the weekend played out.

Ryuichi Kiyonari spent the two sessions trying some different changes on his bike, setting the sixteenth fastest lap time in the morning and concluding the day in seventeenth position with a best lap time of 1’30.357.

Tomorrow will see Kiyonari back aboard his CBR1000RR, which from this round until the end of the season will be sporting the Honda Racing 60th Anniversary logo, for Free Practice 3 at 09:00 local time followed by the Superpole qualifying session, set to get underway at 11:00, and then Race1 at 14:00.


Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

17th 1'30.357

“Today I was in and out of the garage during the two free practices, trying to best exploit my solid knowledge of this track and better understand the bike’s reactions to several changes that we wanted to implement. Our aim was to gather as much information as possible, to improve rear grip through the fast sections and brake stability through the slow ones. Tomorrow we'll put all this together in the final free practice session and see how it goes”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 8   United Kingdom

Free Practice

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'27.733
2 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.018
3 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.042
4 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.079
5 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.126
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.272
7 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.502
8 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 0.524
9 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.681
10 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 0.750
11 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.796
12 Hickman Peter 10 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.834
13 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.898
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1.196
15 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1.272
16 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 2.067
17 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.624
18 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 2.676
Location Information

Donington Park Circuit Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, United Kingdom Donington Park

LENGHT 4.023 Km


Pole Record 1'26.641 (167,16 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2017)
Race Record 1'27.166 (166,15 Km/h) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'26.641 (167,16 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2017)
2019 Race 1 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Superpole Race Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Race 2 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)