While Lowes has been a regular podium finisher in 2019, a race win has so far eluded the 28-year-old Briton. The Pata Yamaha rider heads to Donington Park with his sights set firmly on the podium once again but, with the added motivation that racing in front of your home crowd brings, hopeful of stepping onto the top step for the first time this season.
Van der Mark heads to the United Kingdom determined to race at Donington Park this weekend. The Pata Yamaha rider has completed an intensive rehabilitation program since undergoing successful surgery to stabilise the wrist injury sustained in his Misano crash, the cause of which is still being investigated. Van der Mark will have to undergo a mandatory medical examination on Thursday but hopes to be sufficiently recovered from the injury to be passed fit to race.
Should van der Mark be unable to race at Donington Park then his place in the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK team will be taken by McAMS Yamaha British Superbike rider, Tarran Mackenzie. A former British Supersport Champion with prior World Championship experience in the Moto2 class, Mackenzie took his debut British Superbike win on his R1 in the opening round of the 2019 season in Silverstone.
For the two GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK riders, Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese, the goal for the Donington weekend is to build on what was a successful outing last time out in Misano. Melandri returned to the podium for the first time since the opening round in Australia, with third place in Race 1 in Italy, while Cortese was also battling for the podium in both the sprint race and Race 2, before crashes brought his challenges to an end.
Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider, Loris Baz, heads to Donington determined to further close the gap on the top five in all three races. The Frenchman, who only returned to the WorldSBK Championship in Jerez, mastered tricky wet conditions to finish fourth in Race 1 in Misano, but is still searching for a set-up that would allow him to challenge at the front in the dry.