Savadori scores in Race 2 at Donington as Laverty retires
Donington Park, 27/5/18
Milwaukee Aprilia scored more points in Race 2 at Donington Park on Sunday, with Lorenzo Savadori finishing P7 after a hard-fought battle at the front. Teammate Eugene Laverty was forced to retire on Lap 16 with electronics issues.
Starting P2 and P3 after their season-best finish in Race 1 the riders both made quick getaways, Lorenzo trying a move up the inside of Lowes for the lead. As Van der Mark closed Lorenzo was still pushing hard, but was passed on Lap 3 and moved to third. As he struggled with grip he faced challenges from Rea and Razgatlioglu, and moved down to P5 by Lap 16. Davies closed the gap and passed Lorenzo on Lap 17, and he lost another place to Sykes on the final lap to finish P7 with 9 points.
Eugene had a difficult start, initially making a fast getaway but had a big moment on his bike exiting Turn 7 on the first lap and dropped to P14. From there he hung on to the pack and chased Torres, but a sticking throttle error on Lap 13 caused him to lose places and drop to P17. Concerned that the issue would risk danger to himself and to other riders, he pitted on Lap 15 and retired from the race.
Though not the result the team hoped for in Race 2 they still have positives to take away from Race 1, and have shown a strong step forward in performance that bodes well for the fast and flowing Brno circuit next month
Round 7 of the WorldSBK championship takes place at the Brno circuit in Czech Republic, 8-10 June.
Shaun Muir - Team Principal
"After the high of yesterday both riders are certainly disappointed with today's result, especially Lorenzo who was frustrated not to improve.
Eugene had an electrical issue from the start of the race and was never going to be able to advance. He was out of the seat three times as a result and he took the sensible decision not to push it and to retire the bike.
Overall we've made some positive steps forward this weekend, Saturday's result was obviously the highlight and I think we have a lot to look forward to at Brno. The circuit's fast, flowing style should suit the Aprilia and we can hopefully stay in the top 6 group."
Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Race 2 grid: P2 - Row 1
Race 2 result: P7 - 9 points
Total weekend points: 21 points
"We tried something different today which did not work perfectly in the race. The first part of the race was quite strong, but when the fuel level went down I struggled a lot to push. The rear tyre also looked strange after and I felt some unusual feelings in the race.
I'm quite happy with the results at Donington, we all worked very hard together and the bike felt good. In general we had a good weekend and P5 yesterday was a really good result that we deserved.
I am looking forward to Brno now and the Aprilia should be quick there. There is still work to do on the bike to be faster, but all the guys in SMR and Aprilia worked very hard this weekend and I think we can do well next time."
Eugene Laverty #50 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Race 2 grid: P3 - Row 1
Race 2 result: DNF
Total weekend points: 10 points
"I had a problem on Lap 1 where the rear wheel locked after Turn 7. I thought I had oil in the tyre but there was some bug issue with the bike. I tried to stay in the race and at least salvage some points, but the throttle stuck open about halfway which scared me. I lost a few more places trying to make sure I didn't collide with another rider, and then it happened again and nearly put me in the wall. After that it wasn't worth the risk so I boxed.
I'm not happy with how the weekend went overall, we were quick in the warm up today but then had an electronics issue at the end, and then again in the race we had a problem which was a disaster.
The bike should work well in Brno, anywhere with long corners suits us. The other guys have tested there this year so they have a slight head start, but I'm confident we can put on a good performance there."