1988 Donington Superbike World Championship round

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United Kingdom   1988 Donington Superbike World Championship round
Round details
Round 1 of 9 rounds in the
1988 Superbike World Championship season.
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- Hungary
Donington Park 1937.svg
Date 3 April, 1988
Location Donington Park
Course Permanent racing facility
3.14900 km (1.957 mi)
Superbike World Championship
Pole position
United Kingdom Roger Burnett
1:14.810
Fastest lap race 1 Fastest lap race 2
Italy Marco Lucchinelli United States Bubba Shobert
1:14.140 1:14.100

The 1988 Donington Superbike World Championship round was the opening round of the 1988 Superbike World Championship season and the first ever in the series. It took place on 3 April 1988 at the Donington circuit in Great Britain.

Report[edit]

Local hero Roger Burnett took the first ever superpole, with Davide Tardozzi of Bimota winning race 1 and being the first race winner in Superbikes history. Race 2 was won by Marco Lucchinelli of Ducati.

For the first and only time in Superbikes history the race results were combined to determine an overall winner. Lucchinelli won the round, with podiums in both races.

Classification[edit]

Race 1[edit]

Pos No. Rider Laps Bike Time/Retired
1 2 Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota 30 37:50.720
2 39 Italy Marco Lucchinelli Ducati 30 +0:01.090
3 3 United Kingdom Joey Dunlop Honda 30 +0:30.050
4 17 United States Fred Merkel Honda 30 +0:31.870
5 11 United Kingdom Roger Marshall Suzuki 30 +0:35.830
6 8 United Kingdom Kenny Irons Honda 30 +0:36.090
7 15 Finland Jari Suhonen Yamaha 30 +0:42.670
8 10 Italy Fabrizio Pirovano Yamaha 30 +0:51.670
9 18 United Kingdom Andy McGladdery Suzuki 30 +1:00.940
10 36 Canada Michel Mercier Suzuki 30 +1:01.790
11 24 United Kingdom Steve Williams Bimota 30 +1:10.160
12 57 Spain José Maria Pardo Yamaha 30 +1:11.360
13 35 Canada Rueben McMurter Yamaha 30 +1:17.430
14 41 Republic of Ireland Mark Farmer Suzuki 29 +1 lap
15 63 United Kingdom Dave Leach Suzuki 29 +1 lap