Back to where it all began for WorldSBK, the famous Donington Park circuit has hosted countless classics in its time as a World Superbike venue. From 1988, the circuit has hosted 52 races and made memories each year for a variety of reasons. Set in the gorgeous Leicestershire countryside, the circuit twists and turns through the scenery, to the soundtrack of thousands of cheering fans, year-in, year-out.
The festival-like atmosphere makes for one of the best rounds of the season, with plenty of vantage points to view the magnificent Donington Park circuit from, with corners like Hollywood, Craner Curves and Coppice to name all but a few. Steeped in history and encapsulated in the atmosphere, the flowing nature of Donington Park makes for an unmissable round!
Exclusive to WorldSBK, the Paddock Show is back with more opportunity to meet the riders, win official WorldSBK goodies and a SuperShow on Saturday. Two hours of entertainment involving riders from all classes, you won’t want to miss any of the on-stage action and autograph sessions.
Exclusively at Donington - the one and only RIDERS’ CONCERT on Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss this unique live performance show featuring current Championship leader Alvaro Bautista together with many other WorldSBK, WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 riders.
FRIDAY, 5 July
12:45 h Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans
13:15 h Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSBK riders
13:30 h Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSSP riders
13:45 h Team Managers Chat Show
17:00 h WorldSSP300 Opening Day Show
17:20 h WorldSBK Opening Day Show
17:40 h WorldSSP Opening Day Show
18:00 h Live Music featuring Tom Gourlay
SATURDAY, 6 July
10:15 h Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans
13:30 h Motul Race Chat
End of Race WorldSBK Race 1 Podium Show
15:30 h WorldSSP300 Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet
16:35 h WorldSBK Meet ‘n’ Greet
16:50 h WorldSSP Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet
17:15 h Two Wheels for Life Charity Auction
18:00 h CIA Landlord Insurance Rider Concert - with A. Bautista live performance
SUNDAY, 7 July
10:00 h Competition for Fans
10:30 h Motul Chat Show
11:35 h WorldSSP300 Meet ‘n’ Greet
11:45 h British Talent Cup Meet ‘n’ Greet
End of Race WorldSSP Race Podium Show
End of Race WorldSBK Race 2 Podium Show
End of Race WorldSSP300 Race Podium Show
Live Commentary for all sessions from Friday till Sunday & Chat Show with special guests.
Schedule subject to changes/cancellations. Follow PA announcements.
PARC FERME & PODIUM in the Paddock for all Tissot Superpole and Races.
Free access for all fans with valid ticket.
MOTUL ACTION BOX: Saturday and Sunday
Motul welcomes you at the Action Box (Pit Box N. 33) to enjoy the action from the Pit Garage.
FAN ZONE in the PADDOCK: Friday to Sunday
WorldSBK Official Series Merchandise
Hyundai car display & road test drive
Shad & Acerbis display and photo opportunity with bike
Prosecco product tasting
BMW Bike Display
FACE PAINTING not only for kids: Saturday & Sunday, Fan Zone
The coolest thing to hit the bike scene for face painting, Creative Faces will paint your face with your favourite rider number or a design of your choice!
SATURDAY 17:20 - 17:50 h Pit Lane Gate closing time 17:35 h.
SUNDAY 10:10 - 10:30 h Pit Lane Gate closing time: 10:15 h.
Activity with limited capacity, access only with special wristband – on sale in Circuit Megastore.
CAMPSITE LIVE SHOWS: When the bikes go away – the music is out to play!
FRIDAY: 19:00 – 20:45 No Danger /// 21:15 – 23:00 Eddie & the Wolves
SATURDAY: 19:00 – 20:45 Last Folk Left /// 21:15 – 23:00 Iron Tyger
Entry to campsite ticket holders only.
EXTREME WHEELIE: Saturday and Sunday, Infield Area
Extreme Wheelie will teach you how to wheelie a superbike in the safest way possible, with specialist equipment and expert instructors. Additional charges apply.
DEMON DROME WALL OF DEATH: Saturday and Sunday, Infield Area
The world famous Demon Drome Wall of Death will be in action - home to death defying tricks and stunts performed on a vertical raceway! Additional charges apply.
DUCATI OWNERs CLUB DISPLAY: Saturday and Sunday, Infield Area
To compliment the ferocious bikes competing in the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship on track, Donington Park
will play host to a magnificent display of over 100 Ducati bikes including Classics, Super and Sports bikes plus rare Ducati bikes.
TICKETS: All tickets include access to Paddock & General Admission.
KIDS: Children under 13 are free when accompanied by paying adult.
UPGRADE TO GRANDSTAND: Get the best seat at the Circuit – upgrade your ticket with a grandstand seat overlooking the action packed Hollywood turn. Available at the Circuit Megastore.
CAMP AT THE CIRCUIT: The campsite opens at midday on the Thursday, and closes at midday on the Monday after the Event. CAMPSITE IS SOLD OUT.
HELMET GUARD SERVICE: A helmet deposit area available at Gate 4 (by the Tarmac Lake).
Full name: Donington Park, UK
Time zone: GMT
Currency: Pound sterling (sign: £, code: GBP)
Electric plug type: G
Important telephone numbers:
Weather: The UK is famous for its often damp, mild weather but in truth it is a temperate climate. WorldSBK visits Donington at the end of May with an average maximum daily temperature of 15°C (59°F) and an average low of 7°C (45°F). There is a 57% chance of rain per day in May at Donington so take your waterproof jacket and an umbrella.
Visiting the UK is a wonderful experience, whether you visit the bustling capital London or head straight to the good old British countryside.
London itself is one of the world’s major cities, one of the largest in Europe and the second most visited city on the planet after Bangkok in Thailand, with 20 million people visiting every year.
You could spend two weeks in England’s capital and still have plenty more to see after visiting such delightful places as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Hyde Park, The British Museum, Big Ben and Parliament, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Kew Gardens, Soho and Covent Garden.
Elsewhere in the UK the Lake District in the north of England, the Cotswolds in the south, Cornwall on the south coast, the Scottish Highlands and the mountains of Wales are all beautiful places to spend a few days.
The East Midlands area around Donington Park also has its own special character, rich history, interesting towns and cities and stunning countryside.
This is the heart of England and is easy to reach from anywhere else in the UK, plus with its own airport just next to the circuit, travel could not be easier. The beautiful counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are on your doorstep from Donington, so why not go exploring?
With so many people visiting the UK every year and with lots of people on the move every day around this densely populated and busy country there is an abundance of accommodation for visitors and travelers.
Whether you are looking for a campsite, somewhere to park a motorhome, a B&B guesthouse (bed and breakfast), a rented apartment or cottage or hotel to suit any price range you will find whatever you need within a few miles of Donington.
There are guesthouses and hotels which cater just for the circuit itself and if they are booked up there are always places to stay in the nearby towns and cities of Derby, Nottingham, Loughborough or Leicester, or anywhere close along the M1 motorway.
When visiting the East Midlands region to watch the bikes in action at Donington there is lots more also on offer within easy reach of the circuit.
There is an interesting museum at the track, the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition, whilst the nearby town of Castle Donington, on the edge of the beautiful National Forest, is worth a look around. Elsewhere in Leicestershire the National Space Centre is a cool place to take children for an afternoon of discovery.
The city of Nottingham is a short drive away and is certainly worth a visit. Call in at the City of Caves, visit the impressive Lace Market district, enjoy a quintessentially English cricket match at the Trent Bridge international cricket ground, stroll around the busy shopping streets or sample the nightlife in the many cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants dotted around the city centre. Nottinghamshire is also famous for the legend of Robin Hood and the county’s Sherwood Forest is now a National Nature Reserve which is very popular with visitors.
Derbyshire’s stunningly beautiful Peak District is not far away either and can be explored on foot, bicycle, train or even better, on a motorbike. Start in Matlock and make your way along the winding roads to Bakewell and then onwards to places such as Hathersage, Castleton and Edale.
This area of England has some great pubs, with every city and town having plenty of good ‘watering holes’. Once you get out into the picturesque English countryside it is often the case that smaller villages have some of the coziest and friendliest pubs of them all.
Not all pubs offer food and ‘pub grub’ - as the English call it – can be something of a lottery, but with a little planning or simply asking the locals you can find a welcoming tavern with excellent meals on offer.
Try a Ploughman’s Lunch (meat, cheese and pickles), a traditional serving of fish ‘n’ chips, roast beef or a steak and ale pie. The East Midlands also has some of the best local ales in the country.
Also, locally made Red Leicester or Blue Stilton cheeses are delicious and a top quality Melton Mowbray pork pie is a true English delicacy.
Donington was the venue for the first career win of four-time WorldSBK World Champion Carl Fogarty, in 1992 in Race 2.
Through the 1980s and up until the mid 1990s Castle Donington was home to the epic Monsters of Rock music festival which featured such legendary bands as AC/DC, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Metallica, KISS, Aerosmith and Iron Maiden.