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2011 World Superbike - Donington Photo Gallery

See photos from Round 2 of the 2011 World Superbike Series at the Donington circuit.

ParkinGo Yamaha’s Luca Scassa cemented his name at the top of the time charts during Friday's qualifying at Donington.
Aprilia's Max Biaggi focused on finding a good setup for his RSV4 during Friday's qualifying at Donington and appeared to find it after taking the fastest lap.
On his home track Leon Camier was pleasantly happy with 10th during qualifying.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty climbed to fourth in the charts late during the hour-long qualifying session at Donington.
Eugene Laverty: "A very good first practice this morning. We were low down in the classification but we knew that what we were testing this afternoon would make a big step and a guarantee a provisional front row which is perfect. It’s nice to put a safe lap in now which should put us through to Superpole."
Yamaha's Marco Melandri was just pushed off the top of the order and claimed second-fastest on the qualifying charts 0.047 seconds behind Biaggi.
Marco Melandri: "It was a very positive first day, the bike’s basic set up is good and that’s a good sign, so overall I’m very happy. I feel much better physically and I’ve become more confident on the bike."
Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio had a scary crash during Friday's qualifying session but escaped uninjured with the 17th-quickest time.
Troy Corser: "This Friday was not too bad. They have changed the track a little bit, but I enjoy riding at Donington. You have to be a little bit careful with the left hand side of the tire, so I did this going down through the Craner Curves. But the bike seems to be working quite okay. We still feel the bumps badly, and the bike still wants to do a wheelie off the apex of the corners."
Leon Haslam: "Today has gone well for us. The track was a little dirty this morning, which made riding slightly tricky, but other than that so far we have done a good job. Basically we have just been going through the motions with setup, trying to identify areas to improve the bike so we can keep reducing our lap times. I haven’t been here for two years so I am improving with every lap, and I think I can continue that into tomorrow."
BMW"s Troy Corser was second in the charts for awhile on Friday before ending qualifying with the seventh-best time.
Leon Haslam dominated the first half of Friday's qualifying by setting a string of fast times ahead of his BMW teammate, Troy Corser.
Sylvain Guintoli - 2011 Donington World Superbike
BMW's Ayrton Badovini showed improvements on his S1000RR and snagged the eighth-fastest lap during Friday's qualifying at Donington.
Aprilia's Max Biaggi had a difficult Superpole session at Donington and will have to backtrack before Sunday's races.
Leon Camier was satisfied with his Superpole session after finishing seventh on the timesheets at his home circuit.
World Superbike Donington Superpole (left to right): Chris Vermeulen, Carlos Checa and Leon Haslam.
Carlos Checa earned an impressive lap of just 1'28.099 at Donington to take his second pole of the season.
Max Biaggi - Donington 2011
Carlos Checa successfully utilized his two qualifying tires while setting the fastest time in the last of the three Superpole sessions.
Carlos Checa - Donington 2011
Yamaha's Marco Melandri secured his first win ever in World Superbike after only two rounds.
Althea Racing's Carlos Checa put on a dominating display in the second heat to win by more than three seconds.
Max Biaggi was disqualified from Race 2 after failing to see that he had been issued a ride-through penalty for a false start.
Leon Camier (#2) had a terrific battle with Marco Melandri for second in Race 2, but ultimately finished third after wear on the brakes prevented him from taking it down to the wire.
Leon Camier: "It was a shame that in Race 2 a small problem with the brakes kept me from making a play for it with Marco Melandri, but that doesn't ruin the joy of third place."
Castrol Honda's Ruben Xuas went 12-10 in the second round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
Jonathan Rea: "Two point scores and a top-five, but the results
are not what I was looking for, it’s not where we
want to be. I feel like something is missing, and
the bike requires a lot more rider input,
especially with the throttle. I need a little bit
more support when I am on the circuit."
Jonathan Rea - Donington 2011
Benjan Racing Honda's Robbin Harms earned fourth at Donington more than 23 seconds off the pace of race winner, Luca Scassa.
Ruben Xaus: “Now we have had four races and I have had four
finishes, and each time is better, closer to the
top, and closing the gap to my team-mate with the
same bike. It was not the best weekend for the
bike itself so I need to take that into
Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes was running third when he crashed out on Lap 11.
Joan Lsscorz: "I went for a safe setting in Race 1 as it was important I scored some points but for Race 2, we were more aggressive and it paid off. I was strong early on and knew I'd drop back with my tire choice but I'm pleased to be battling inside the top-five."
Tom Sykes (#66): "I was delighted to qualify on the front row and prove the potential of the Kawasaki ZX-10R and had real hopes of a podium. I had a minor problem with downshifting and was disappointed to crash out in Race 1 and then the problem re-occurred in Race 2 and I just had to bring the bike home. But we've been strong this weekend and we will take this into Assen next time."
Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabizio suffered a DNF during the first race at Donington but followed it with a solid run for seventh in Race 2.
Michel Fabrizio - Donington 2011
Eugene Laverty: "Not a good day today. The Race 1 crash was bizarre; I don’t really know what happened. I almost crashed in the corner before and lost a little bit of confidence afterwards. Race 2 started well but I had to push really hard. We still haven’t found the right settings for me; we need to fine tune to suit my riding style."
Marco Melandri: "I had a great win in Race 1. I was just behind a very aggressive bunch of riders so I had to work hard to keep my rhythm and push through. I managed to close in on Smrz with five laps to go and take my first win. Race 2 was a little more difficult. I was suffering from a head cold and lost concentration a little mid way."
Jakub Smrz - 2011 donington world superbike
Leon Haslam improved to third in the 2011 WSB Championship after notching two fourth-place finishes at Donington.
Troy Corser: "We have improved the bike in some areas since Phillip Island, which is good, but we are still encountering some issues that we need to address. We are struggling with too much spin from the rear tire, and it’s making it hard to set consistent times."
Troy Corser finished ninth in the first race and outside the top-10 in Race 2 after struggling with grip from his rear tire.
Jakob Smrz - 2011 Donington World Superbike
Leon Haslam had the lead at the start of Race 1, but ended up losing it on Lap 7 to Jakub Smrz.
Leon Haslam - Donington 2011
Maxime Berger suffered one of the more bizarre crashes in recent memory when his rear wheel sheared off in Race 1 at Donintgon.