MICHAEL O’Brien dominated the big bike action at Donington Park as he made a clean sweep of the MRO Powerbikes to extend his series lead.
The Yamaha rider beat former champ Peter Baker to all three wins with time to spare as he pulled even further ahead in the championship, now 90 points clear of trouble as the club heads to the season’s mid-way point at Snetterton.
But it was current Clubman 1000 points runner-up Mark Bridger who bagged pole position on his Moremoto R1, beating Dodfrey Engineering man Baker and Clubman leader Daniel Johnson while O’Brien led the second row.
Action was cut short in the first race, however, after an incident at Coppice on the original start left a few riders worse for wear, including Glenn Walsh, Aiden Patmore and Dan Johnson.
In the four-lap dash that became race one, O’Brien led lights to flag to cross the line over 1.4sec ahead of Baker while Bridger took third and the Clubman win, beating Max Morgan by just over half a second, with Mark Kendle bagging a Clubman podium a few tenths further back.
It was much the same story in race two on Sunday morning as O’Brien took another flawless win from pole, thanks to his fastest lap on Saturday, with Baker nearly six seconds back. After nipping the Clubman lead early doors, Morgan tucked into fourth behind Bridger as the latter doubled up on wins, taking another overall Powerbikes podium.
O’Brien completed his clean sweep in race three as he powered to a two-second lead over Baker on the very first lap and put his head down to take the chequered flag with his biggest winning margin of the weekend – 6.094sec – while Bridger secured his Clubman hat-trick with Morgan and Kendle again second and third in class.
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