SPORT UPDATE Tuesday May 31st, 2016 World Superbike Championship Round 7, Donington UK – Report
Donington Park, UK – the home round for Gulf’s motorbike racing partners, team Milwaukee BMW – was certainly the most impressive display to date of the partnership in all of its various aspects.
With two finishes comfortably inside the top ten – places that were largely earned, rather than inherited through others’ misfortune – the teamwork between BMW, Milwaukee and Gulf is starting to bear fruit both on and off track.
Guests from UK Gulf fuel licensees and lubricant distributors, Certas Energy, thronged the superb Milwaukee BMW Hospitality facility on Sunday and they were rewarded not just with excellent food, drink and a great view from the grandstand, but also with something to cheer, as the Gulf-supported Milwaukee bikes challenged for their highest placed finish of the season so far.
Both riders, #25 Josh Brookes and #17 Karel Abraham looked closer to unlocking the undoubted potential of their red and white machines – each taking a ninth placed finish across the two races – and for the first time this season one of the BMW manufacturer-backed bikes made it straight through to final qualifying, Superpole 2.
Were it not for an unlucky break when the engine on Karel Abraham’s motorcycle developed a leak on the grid, which meant he was forced to sit out Race 2, the points tally for the weekend might well have been considerably higher.
The weekend also saw the first appearance in the pit garage of Gulf’s new Superbike Oil – Syntrac 4T Superbike 10W-50. The new lubricant is aimed at maintaining year round engine performance and reducing engine wear on the world’s top performance bikes and the packaging prominently features the team Milwaukee BMW racing bike on the label.
The World Superbike Championship now heads to Italy’s Misano circuit, where racing is set to take place on 18th-19th June.