BSB Donington Park | Maiden win for Gino Rea in wet Donington crash-fest

Gino Rea powers to his maiden BSB win from pole position at a rain-soaked Donington Park as McAMS Yamaha duo go equal at top of the standings

Gino Rea - Buildbase Suzuki

Gino Rea has swept to his first British Superbike Championship (BSB) win at Donington Park after out-lasting his rivals in a dramatic weather affected opening race that saw Tommy Bridewell fail to finish.

Only 15 of the 26 starters reached the chequered flag as tricky conditions made the Leicestershire circuit a handful, particularly for the Title Showdown fighters in what is expected to be a pivotal race for the title.

Already starting from his maiden BSB pole position, though Rea ceded the lead to Danny Bucham on the opening lap, he reclaimed it on lap three and proceeded to put distance between himself and the chasing pack.

That was enough for him to keep going all the way to his first victory at BSB level, while it’s also the first win for the Hawk Racing Buildbase team and Suzuki machinery of 2021.

Further back, there was more drama as a number of key riders fell. First to go was Peter Hickman with a tumble on lap three, followed by Josh Brookes on lap five.

After two wins at Oulton Park hauled him right back into the title fight with the McAMS Yamaha pair,  Bridewell’s title dreams took a huge knock with a fall at Coppice, also on lap five.

From the melee came ex-Suzuki rider Kyle Ryde through to his first podium with OMG BMW squead in second place, though this did come at the expense of the unlucky Storm Stacey, who crashed out of what would have been a remarkable first podium on the GR Kawasaki.

Christian Iddon boosted his title hopes with a run to third as the best of the Showdown contenders, ahead of Lee Jackson.

At the head of the standings, Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie are now tied at the top after finishing fifth and seventh respectively, the pair now 18 points up on Bridewell and 26 clear of Iddon.

Joe Francis marked his FHO BMW debut with a career-best run to sixth place, while Ryan Vickers, Bradley Ray and Rory Skinner survived to round out the top ten.

2021 British Superbike Championship (BSB) Race 1 RESULTS | Donington Park | Round 10 / 11 (2 / 3 TS)
PosRiderNat.BSB TeamMotorcycleTiming
1Gino ReaGBRBuildbase Hawk SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000R16 Laps
2Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG RacingBMW M 1000 RR+2.016
3Christian IddonGBRVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+3.405
4Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+3.518
5Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R1+44.703
6Joe FrancisGBRFHO Racing BMWBMW M 1000 RR+52.859
7Tarran MackenzieGBRMcAMS YamahaYamaha YZF-R1+57.782
8Ryan VickersGBRRAF Regular & ReserveKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m 02.000
9Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG RacingBMW M 1000 RR+1m 06.234
10Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m 12.423
11Bjorn EstmentSWEPowerslide Catfoss RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R+1m 44.468
12Andrew IrwinGBRSynetiq BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR+1 Lap
13Takumi TakahashiJPNHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1 Lap
14Josh OwensGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
15Brian McCormackIRLRoadhouse Macau by FHOBMW M 1000 RR+2 Laps
DNFRyo MizunoJPNHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R 
DNFStorm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Euro PartsKawasaki ZX-10RR 
DNFLuke HopkinsGBRBlack Onyx HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R 
DNFJosh BrookesAUSVisionTrack DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R 
DNFTommy BridewellGBROxford Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R 
DNFDanny BuchanGBRSynetiq BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR 
DNFGlenn IrwinGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R 
DNFPeter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMWBMW M 1000 RR 
DNFDean HarrisonGBRSilicone EngineeringKawasaki ZX-10RR 
DNFNaomichi UramotoJPNBuildbase Hawk SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000R 
DNFJesse TraylerGBRiForce Lloyd & Jones BMWBMW M 1000 RR