Luke Jones wins Race 1 at Donington Park, with the championship to be decided in the final race of the year tomorrow

Despite suffering a crash earlier on the day on his superstock bike, Highsparks Motorsport’s Luke Jones was able to lead from pole to the chequered flag to take the Race 1 win at Donington Park this afternoon.

Jones got a good start from pole to lead, with Josh Day ( Racing Team) and defending champion Rob Guiver (Premier Security / Ducati Romford Racing) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The two title contenders were shaping up to have a good battle, with Guiver momentarily passing Day into the Melbourne Loop on Laps 3 and 4.

But the championship was thrown wide open again, after Day ran on at Redgate on the next lap. He was able to keep control of his bike but subsequently dropped from 2nd back to 8th, losing any hope of challenging for the win.

Jones took the win with a comfortable 3 second margin. Guiver and Neary finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Day crossing the finish line in 8th place.

BPS Racing's Josh Wainwright starts the final race of the season tomorrow in pole, after posting a new lap record of 1:33.677. He will be joined on the front row by Jones and Neary, while the 2nd row consists of Guiver, Day and David Shoubridge (Old Garage Legends).

The latest championship standings mean that both Day (251), Guiver (240) and Neary (234) all have a chance of taking the 2019 Ducati Cup title tomorrow morning.

Luke Jones (Highsparks Motorsport #82) - 1st
“I enjoyed it. It didn’t help that I had a crash on the stock bike a couple of hours ago and went down quite heavy on my elbow. On the warm up lap I was thinking this was going to be hard work but once the adrenaline kicked in, I just focused on doing laps and hitting my markers every corner. It went alright to be fair. I kept watching my pit board and could see the gap was going up so just carried on doing what I was doing the whole race. Pretty lonely but I’ll take it!”

Rob Guiver (Premier Security / Ducati Romford Racing #1) – 2nd
“To be fair this is not one of my favourite tracks. I never tend to have good results here. I was determined to go out and enjoy myself. It was a good battle with Josh at the start Luke just had a little bit. I tried my best to catch him, but I got a little bit of arm pump and I couldn’t really control the slides coming out of the turns with it. Really pleased to finish 2nd. Obviously, Josh didn’t have a great result so that closes the championship up. But I still think it’s a long way off. But you never know. I’ll do my best tomorrow and see what happens.”

Sean Neary (SMC Racing #10) – 3rd
“Really disappointed with the race. As the season goes, I felt like I rode really well but my first lap was terrible at the start. I don’t even know where I was. I was probably about 8th and worked my way back up and I was closing Josh and Rob, I could see they were having a battle. And I was closing them but obviously the pace they’re going at, you’re closing a few tenths but it’s not like you’re eating into them. With about 2 laps to go I thought, right, we’re on here. I’d gained on Rob, about half a second but unfortunately, I came together with a backmarker and that kind of put an end to it really. But a massive thank you to the SMC Racing team. It was my mistake on my first lap that messed it up, the bike was brilliant. Well done to Luke, a great win. And Rob’s as tough as anything so fair play to him. The championship is still just about open, so we’ll have go tomorrow.”