Leon Morris from Stockbridge carried on from where he left off at the opening round at Brands Hatch, in the Ducati Trioptions Cup.

Morris went into the weekend at Donington Park leading the championship with 45 points.

This time the Ducatis were a support race for the only British round of this year’s FIM World Superbike Championship.

With bad weather conditions and a communication issue from the pit wall during qualifying, Morris was looking for a front row on the grid start but had to settle for row three with the eighth quickest time.

The first of his two races were held on Saturday afternoon under clearing skies however all the bikes were on wet tyres which were only good for around seven laps of the 4.023 km Derbyshire circuit.

Leon made an excellent start and by the end of lap one was in second place and after only three laps he took control and started to build a lead which would see him finish more than six seconds in front.

This was one of Leon's best rides on the Ducati as he had to preserve the treaded wet tyre on an ever drying track. On Sunday the second of the two races saw Leon on pole and again good weather saw him push hard in a race long battle which saw him finish second to the Ducati UK guest rider Luke Jones by under two seconds.

This is a good measure for Morris as Jones is a top national racer.

The small racer with the big talent has extended his lead at the top of the championship and Leon thanked his team who turn out in all conditions to prep his bike and work alongside him at the track, and also for the continued support from Andover-based Premier Coating and Converters.

The next stop is in Scotland at the Knockhill circuit at the end of June.

Words and pictures: Tim Crisp