The first race of the world championship was held at Donington Park in April 1988, won by Marco Lucchinelli on the Ducati 851, and while the track has undergone some changes over the years, its appeal has remained unaltered. It is a circuit that Marco Melandri really likes, where he had his first SBK victory in 2011 and that he then repeated the following year, while Davies is still looking for success on this track, having collected only a few podiums. It will also be a home race for the many British riders of the World Superbike and they will certainly want to perform well in front of the home crowd.
Donington is a difficult track, with sudden variations of gradients and a descending corner that truly tests the rider's strength. It requires a very neutral set-up as there is twisty section followed by three straights of a certain length, interspersed by a chicane and two corners that are taken at very low speeds. Even the braking system is put to the test, especially by the violent braking that occurs in succession in the last three curves of the British track.
Weekend racing times will be slightly modified due to the different time zone in England. Below is the schedule for the qualification runs and races.