Lowes and Beaubier Head for ‘Home’ Race at Donington Park


Alex Lowes and the UK-based Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are gearing up for their home race of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season next week as the series heads to Donington Park on the Leicestershire border for round seven. Lowes will be joined by Yamaha USA rider Cameron Beaubier while Sylvain Guintoli continues his rehabilitation following his Imola accident in late-April.

Based just 20 minutes from the Derby circuit, Lowes counts Donington as one of his all-time favourite tracks and even a high-side in Sepang a fortnight ago couldn’t keep the British rider from racing in front of his home fans. Having received surgery to plate his left clavicle, broken in two places, this Wednesday following a race-two accident in Malaysia, Lowes has been undergoing rehabilitation and physiotherapy in the ensuing days in a bid to compete in next weekend’s 23-lap races.

American Beaubier will partner Lowes for the ACERBIS-sponsored UK races. The 23-year-old Californian convincingly won the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship title in only his second year in the competition, beating four-time champion and Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes, with eight race victories to his name. Beaubier is excited about crossing the Atlantic and the prospect of racing on British-shores – having previously competed at the Derby circuit during his 125cc GP career – and will be looking to get to work quickly on Friday as he acquaints himself with the WorldSBK-spec YZF-R1 as practice begins at 10:15 local time.

Affectionately known as the heart of British Motorsport, Donington Park has hosted racing since the 1930’s. Set in the grounds of the majestic Donington Hall Estate, on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border, the modern-day circuit allows ample viewing options across the 4,023m layout with a new infield camping zone opening for the 2016 races. Breath-taking racing and last corner battles are common-place, with Lowes having claimed a podium-position here in his debut year on the world stage.


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