May 23, 2013
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From a press release
issued by SBK Press Office
eni FIM Superbike and Supersport World Championship: (from left) Eugene Laverty, Christian Iddon, Jack Kennedy, Tom Sykes, Sam Lowes, Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam and Leon Camier.
Supersport duo dominates at Donington Park WSBK Pre-event
Donington Park (Great Britain), Thursday 23 May 2013 – The eni FIM Superbike World Championship has gone "wet'n'wild" today at Donington Park. The Round 5 Pre-event saw a selection of riders from the UK and Ireland taking part in a hilarious competition made up of three challenges - Perilous Pendulum, Penguin Punch-Up and Supersuds. Of the eight riders present, only six of them took part in the action – as Leon Camier and Leon Haslam were not in physical condition to tackle the games.
The remaining riders were divided into 3 pairs: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was joined by current World Supersport leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha), while Aprilia's Eugene Laverty was flanked by BMW's Chaz Davies. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) and Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) made a unique Supersport double act.
The opening challenge – Perilous Pendulum – saw all riders taking turns on rotating platforms whilst trying to avoid a swinging pendulum that was thrown at them by the opposing teams. The winning duo was Jack Kennedy and Christian Iddon, who managed to survive with only one swap.
Following a chase between the riders, dressed for the occasion in a penguin suit, Penguin Punch-Up would see a final duel between the two penguin "riders" still standing. The two final fights were won by Christian Iddon and Tom Sykes, who proved their combat skills in the ring. The fights were so intense that Sykes tried some unorthodox moves to defeat his opponent Chaz Davies!
However, Welshman had his revenge in the final challenge as both he and Eugene Laverty were able to retrieve all of the “dirty” socks from a huge inflatable washing machine full of foam the fastest time. Sam Lowes took this final stage very seriously, stripping to his underwear before diving into the spinner much to the amusement of the crowd.
Looking at the final results of each challenge, Christian Iddon and Jack Kennedy were crowned as winners and awarded a bottle of Prosecco supplied by the Championship Sponsor. The fans then had to choose their favourite player, which ended in a tie between Tom Sykes and Sam Lowes, who possibly will share the second bottle of Italian sparkling wine, enjoying it together.