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2016 WorldSBK Great Britain - Donington Park

Race 1

The opening race day of the UK WorldSBK round at Donington Park proved disappointing for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK team as Alex Lowes was forced to withdraw from his home competition. After starting his debut well, new teammate Cameron Beaubier's race also ended early with a last corner accident on the opening lap.

Confident of his early progression despite the unknown tyres, track and machine, Beaubier put on a strong showing as the Superpole qualifying session began at the British circuit. Improving on his pace during the free practice sessions, the American recorded a fastest time of 1'28.617 to take ninth position and a third row start for the afternoon's 23-lap race.

Impressive off the lights, the young Yamaha rider was running sixth as his inaugural WorldSBK battle commenced and pushing hard, before a mistake at turn 12 brought his debut to an abrupt end. However, Beaubier is confident he can learn from the experiences so far and capitalise on his qualifying form as he returns to the track tomorrow for the second race, scheduled for 15:00 local time.

Following FP3, Lowes was forced to withdraw from the Donington event, due to the shoulder injury sustained at Sepang a fortnight ago. Despite receiving both physiotherapy and injections to enable him to compete in his home race, the local hero was unable to ride for more than three or four laps before losing strength in his shoulder at such a physically demanding track, which caused Lowes problems in terms of controlling his YZF-R1. The decision was unanimous between himself, the Pata Yamaha Team, Race Direction and the WorldSBK medical team, and while he would have loved nothing more than to compete in front of his home fans, safety remained the prime concern.

Race 2

Cameron Beaubier concluded his debut weekend with the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at Donington Park in the UK today, securing a top ten finish in the 23-lap contest. With just under three hours of track time aboard the YZF-R1 under his belt, the young American put on a standout performance at the British track to the delight of his team and its supportive home crowd.

A more conservative but less aggressive start to Sunday's race saw Beaubier immediately consolidate his grid position, running ninth for the opening three laps before advancing to eighth from lap four. Holding position until the halfway stage he lost out in a three rider battle on lap 13 to sit tenth and while his pace improved for the closing stages, he concluded the race rounding out the top-ten and collecting his first set of six championship points.

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now look towards the Misano World Circuit - Marco Simoncelli as the championship moves back to Italy for round eight, commencing on Friday 17th June.

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