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

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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.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Prosecco DOC UK Round

Donington Park, United Kingdom

WorldSBK 2019, Round 8

Sunny / 24
Friday 5 Jul 2019, 16:38 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 45°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'27.733
2 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.018
3 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.042
4 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.079
5 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.126
6 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.272
7 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +0.502
8 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +0.524
9 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.681
10 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +0.750
11 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.796
12 Peter Hickman 10 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.834
13 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +0.898
14 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.196
15 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.272
16 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +2.067
17 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.624
18 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +2.676