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racing fans to pay tribute at donington this weekend

Tributes will be paid to Nicky Hayden at this weekend’s UK round of the Motul FIM Superbike world championship. Nicky was due to compete at Donington but sadly passed away this week after a cycling accident in Italy last week.

Spectators at the circuit are set for a three-day thriller of world-class action, with incredible racing on track from some of the world’s finest motorcycle racers, and a full package of entertainment around the venue included. To top it off, weather forecasters are predicting that a mini-heatwave will hit the East Midlands just in time for the biggest race event of the year!

British riders continue to lead the way in the championship, with reigning double champion Jonathan Rea at the top of the standings following a blistering start to the season. But his main rival, Welshman Chaz Davies, turned up the heat last time out in Italy, securing a double victory. There is no love lost between these two, with the pair almost coming to blows in the Netherlands last month, and the rivalry has been simmering ever since. There is every chance this fight could boil over this weekend!

But the hot tip for victory this weekend is Rea’s team mate Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki man is unbeaten at Donington Park since 2013, and a win in the first WorldSBK contest of the weekend on Saturday would set a new record for the most consecutive victories at a circuit in the championship’s history.

Local fans should have plenty to cheer this weekend, with Donington ambassador Leon Haslam making a wildcard appearance with the Puccetti Kawasaki team, while Derby’s Alex Lowes will be looking to continue his strong start to the year on home ground. Haslam has set a scorching pace so far in British Superbikes, and won twice here in April, while Lowes has a burning desire to show well at Donington, after missing the UK round through injury in 2016.

British fans can also cheer on the ever-committed Leon Camier, who puts on a stunning show as he grapples his MV Agusta towards the front of the grid, while another wildcard appearance will come from Jake Dixon.

 

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