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The Ducati TriOptions Cup returned to Donington Park with two different race winners at the second round of the season.

Tricky track conditions were the story of Saturday's action, with the beautiful grid of 899 Panigale and 848 machines heading out for their qualifying session in the early morning. Spots of rain mid-way through the session brought the field in for some rapid tyre changes, and in the few minutes remaining it was reigning champion Marty Nutt that grabbed pole ahead of Sean Neary and guest rider for the weekend Luke Jones.

A blinding start from championship leader Leon Morris, who had qualified down in eighth, saw him leap up to fight for the lead in the first half of the race with front row man Neary, who is enjoying a fantastic start to his Ducati Cup season. Morris had the measure of his opposition, however, putting in some impressive times to gap the field and take his second win of the year. Neary held on to secure his first Ducati TriOptions Cup podium, while David Ferns rode an amazing second half of the race aboard his 848 to come through in third.

Morris' pace from race one put him on pole for the second contest on Sunday afternoon, with fellow podium men Ferns and Neary completing the front row. Fully dry conditions suited guest rider Luke Jones, who is a front-runner in the highly competitive British Supersport Championship, and he grabbed the lead early on pulling a small gap to Morris. Despite a late charge from the #2 P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport bike, Jones was able to hold on to win across the line, but Morris takes maximum points and increases his impressive lead in the championship standings with what is effectively a third win of the year.

Ducati UK congratulates P&H Motorcycles who won the dealer award in both of the TriOptions Cup races.

Ducati TriOptions Cup leader Morris said: "That definitely goes down as a good weekend in our book, I felt really good with the bike in wet or dry. I knew Luke (Jones) would be quick - perhaps we were naïve to think because he hadn't ridden the bike before he wouldn't be. In the back of mind was the knowledge that he wouldn't score points and you need to be consistency is key with there not being that many rounds. My times were as good as they have been around here, but what is really good is that I dropped the regular boys that race in the championship. So although I didn't get a double it is massively positive weekend for the P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport team." 

Guest rider Jones said: "It's a great championship, a great bike, and always produces tight racing. I loved the bike, I've never been on one before but it's lovely and easy to ride. I could still have done with a little more time to get the bike dialled in, but there's some fast boys out there and I'm happy to come away with a win. The guys in the championship are great, it's a friendly atmosphere, everybody helps each other and hangs out and I have really enjoyed the weekend and am honoured that Ducati asked me to ride here."