FIM World Superbike/Supersport Championship
Round 5: Donington Park
May 13, 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) scored his second FIM Superbike World Championship race win of 2012 in race two at Donington.
Race two at Donington was a wild event, with crashes on the first lap and the last lap taking out riders. Rea steered clear of it all and was rewarded with the win.
In the confusion of race two, even Rea ran off track once, but he was able to make a splendid recovery and get back with the front runners.
Fourth going into the final lap, Rea passed Max Biaggi for third. Rea saw his opportunity and took a tight line into the final corner and ended up first at the stripe.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) had a much-less dramatic afternoon in England, finishing 17th in race one, and then a strong tenth in race two.
World Supersport is wide open this year, with five different winners so far. Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) took his first career win in the FIM Supersport World Championship.
Lowes qualified second, behind fellow Honda CBR600RR rider Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda). But Lowes really dialed up the pace in the final two laps. His win takes him to within five points of the championship lead.
Cluzel is now third overall after putting his knowledge of Donington to good use and finding a good race set-up.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) had good early pace, but dropped out of contention as his rear lost grip and he finished fourth in the race.