Stats, facts and pub ammo for this weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike round at Donington Park
Donington Park has hosted at least one round of the British Superbike Championship every year since the inaugural season in 1996, with the exception of 2010 when no round was held.
Donington has hosted 61 BSB races with those races seeing 21 different race winners and 44 different riders stand on the podium.
This will be just the third time the Leicestershire circuit has hosted a round of the Showdown, the other years being 2011 and 2016.
Scott Redding was the most recent winner at Donington Park, having taken a hat-trick earlier this year. These were also his first ever victories in the BSB series.
The last two BSB meetings at Donington Park have seen debut winners – Bradley Ray in 2018 and Redding this year.
Unlike the meeting at Donington Park in May this year, which took place on the 1.9-mile National circuit, this weekend’s round will be held on the full 2.5-mile Grand Prix circuit.
The BSB lap record currently stands at 1m28.896s, 100.72mph and was set by Shane Byrne on 18th September, 2016.
Shane Byrne has won more BSB races (8) at Donington than any other rider and is followed by Niall Mackenzie and John Reynolds (both 6) and Chris Walker, Michael Rutter, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Leon Haslam (all 4).
Bradley Ray took his first BSB victory at Donington Park last year when he went on to take the double.
Eight of the last nine BSB rounds at Donington Park have seen double victories taken at Donington – John Hopkins (2011), Josh Brookes (2012), Alex Lowes (2013), Ryuichi Kiyonari (2014), Shane Byrne (2016), Leon Haslam (2017), Bradley Ray (2018) and Scott Redding (2019)..
John Reynolds and Shane Byrne have taken the most podiums (16) at Donington followed by Leon Haslam (12), Chris Walker (10), Niall Mackenzie and Steve Hislop (both 9) and Michael Rutter, James Haydon, and Ryuichi Kiyonari (all 8).
Out of this year’s entry, Josh Brookes has the most podiums at Donington Park (5).
Spaniard Xavi Fores took his first ever BSB podiums at Donington Park in May this year.
Fifth place in race one at Donington last year was Luke Mossey’s best result of the season.
Hector Barbera took sixth place on his BSB debut at Donington Park earlier this year – this remains his best result of the season.
Conversely, 13th place at Donington Park in May is Danny Buchan’s worst result of the season to date.
Bradley Ray will make his 75th BSB start in the second race at Donington Park.
Taylor Mackenzie will make his first BSB start this weekend since Snetterton in June 2018.
Ducati is the most successful manufacturer at Donington Park with 28 wins followed by Yamaha (11), Suzuki (8), Kawasaki (7), Honda (5) and BMW (2).
Ducati last won at Donington in May 2019 with Scott Redding.
Suzuki last won at Donington in 2018 with Bradley Ray.
Kawasaki last won at Donington in 2017 with Leon Haslam.
BMW were last victorious at Donington in 2014 when Ryuichi Kiyonari won both races.
Alex Lowes’ double victory in 2013 is the last time Honda won at Donington.
James Ellison gave Yamaha their last victory at Donington in 2009.