2016 World Superbikes Round 7 - Milwaukee BMW Race 2 Report

Report from Donington Park on Sunday, May 29

With the Round 7 of the 2016 World Superbike race completed, Josh Brookes, Karel Abraham, and Team Principal Shaun Muir report on their experience at Donington Park.

Josh Brookes, BMW, Donington Park, 2016 World Superbike race
Josh Brookes felt comfortable on his bike after his crew made some changes to the swingarm.Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee BMW

Josh Brookes:

Grid: 14th
Race: 9th

“It was a much better race for us today. The improvement started in morning warm up, after we talked about some changes to the bike overnight, mainly involving the swingarm. It was a bit of an experiment but it worked, and made the bike more nimble without sacrificing any performance.

It was great to then see the changes transpire into a good race. I was able to make up positions and force some passes, and it was good to be able to push the bike and really get some feedback from it. It was the best I’ve felt on the bike all year, and I hope it’s a sign of things to come.

We’ve got lots of positives to take away from Donington and use to build some momentum ahead of the next race at Misano. I’ve raced there a few times in the past and know the track, so hopefully we’ll carry on from where we left here and make more steps forward.”

Karel Abraham, BMW, Donington Park, 2016 World Superbike race
Unlike Josh Brookes, Karel Abraham had a disappointing day with some technical issues that he and his crew faced with his bike.Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee BMW

Karel Abraham:

Grid: 11th
Race: RET
"Today was disappointing for us. We tried some new things with the brakes during the warm up session, and they seemed to work well.

When I got to the grid for the race though we spotted a technical problem with the bike. The guys tried to fix it on the grid but there wasn’t enough time, and we had to take the bike back to the box. The team did everything they could to get it working but it didn’t happen, so unfortunately we had to retire.

It’s really a shame that we missed out on today’s race, especially when we were so strong in Race 1. We can still be pleased with 9th place from yesterday and I think we would have been top ten again today, so I’m looking forward to get on the bike again in Misano.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal:

"Overall I think we can be pleased with how this weekend has gone. We secured our best finish of the year so far with a 9th place for both riders, and we have made some solid progress with the performance of our bikes.

For Josh in Race 2 it was good to see him able to get stuck in and make up positions, and he managed to maintain a good pace throughout. He’s responded positively to the changes we’ve made to the bike over this round, and he’ll push hard to keep this level up in Misano.

Karel’s retirement in Race 2 was very unfortunate after his strong showing in Race 1. He had a technical issue on the grid which meant we had to box the bike, and despite the mechanics’ best efforts it couldn’t be fixed in time. He’s stayed positive though and knows that the bike can perform well, and I’m confident that he will keep his momentum up for the next race.”