World Superbikes Championship James East claims Donington Park eighth despite torrid qualifying

James East Round Three Donington Park

James East Round Three Donington Park - Credit: Archant

Royston’s James East clambered from 21st on the starting grid to finish eighth aboard the Downshift Motorsport Kawasaki in the World Superbikes at Donington Park last weekend.

A curious pitlane incident with another rider in the opening qualifying session saw East off into the gravel with only two laps completed, leaving him 18th.

After completing the second qualifying session, East consolidated but found himself starting from 21st place on the grid.

However, a good start saw him battle his way inside the top 10 to claim a superb eighth.

East said: “From 21st position to eighth was a hard slog but a whole lot of fun.

“The weekend was tough, we couldn’t get a setting which would suit me but I pulled it out of the bag in the end.”

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