Archive - Jul 2011
2011 Silverstone World Superbike Sunday Round Up: On Championship Contenders, A Single Bike Rule, And Equalizing Twins Vs Fours
It's on days like these that championships are won. In both the World Superbike and World Supersport classes, the championship leaders came in with differing expectations, met with wildly different experiences through practice, yet both Carlos Checa and Chaz Davies leave Silverstone with their lead nicely consolidated and comfortably in charge of their own destinies. They confronted the circumstances that crossed their paths and turned them to their advantage.
In the World Superbike class, Silverstone was supposed to be a tough track for Ducati. A couple of high-speed straights would favor the four-cylinders - especially Aprilia's brutally powerful RSV4 - leaving the Ducatis with too much work to do in the twisty sections to be able to match the fours. The best that Carlos Checa could hope for at the UK round was to limit the damage in both races and see what remained of his lead when he left here for the next round.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after this weekend's races at Silverstone:
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Silverstone:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Silverstone:
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Silverstone:
Press releases after qualifying from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams from Silverstone:
2011 Silverstone World Superbike Saturday Round Up: Wasn't This Supposed To Be A Bad Track For Ducati?
Things haven't quite turned out as expected at Silverstone. Going into the weekend, everyone - fans, pundits and the Ducati teams themselves - were downplaying the chances of the Ducatis at Silverstone, with its fast layout and high-speed straights, and estimating how many points that championship leader might be forced to concede to the faster four cylinder bikes of Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri. But if anything, it has turned out to be the opposite, with Ducatis at or near the top in both the World Superbike and the Superstock 1000 classes. Indeed, so strong have the Ducatis been in Superstock that they sit in the front three places of the grid for tomorrow's race, Danilo Petrucci taking pole ahead of Davide Giugliano and Niccolo Canepa.
Pole was not on the cards in the World Superbike class for a Ducati rider - that honor falls to an outstanding John Hopkins, entered as a wildcard on board a Samsung Crescent Suzuki GSX-R 1000 - but with Checa on the end of the front row and Effenbert's Sylvain Guintoli at the head of the second row, they are well-placed to be competitive at Silverstone. Checa's race pace is punishing, especially when the track is a little cooler as it is expected to be on Sunday.
David Salom has claimed his second pole position of the season at Silverstone, following up his previous pole at the first race of the year in Phillip Island. The Motocard.com Kawasaki rider took over the top spot at the halfway mark of the session, then cut another four tenths off his time to secure pole. Salom held off a challenge from Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes, the young Englishman forced to settle for 2nd, while Hannspree Ten Kate's Florian Marino and yesterday's provisional polesitter Gino Rea round out the front row. Robbin Harms heads up row two, ahead of Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes, while ParkinGO Yamaha's Chaz Davies will start from 8th, and completes the second row.
Combined results of QP1 and QP2:
Results and summary of Superpole from Silverstone
John Hopkins' impressive wildcard entry at Silverstone continues. The Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider put in a final fast lap to edge current championship leader Carlos Checa from the provisional pole during the second qualifying session on Saturday morning, despite both Hopkins and Checa getting under Cal Crutchlow's race lap record from last year. Sitting in 2nd, Checa leads a trio of Ducatis: behind the Althea bike of the Spaniard is the Effenbert Liberty Ducati of Sylvain Guintoli and the Supersonic Ducati of Maxime Berger.
Marco Melandri's squad found a big improvement overnight, suddenly putting the factory Yamaha rider back into contention, Melandri moving up to 5th fastest and half a second off the pace of Hopkins, and just ahead of Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio and BMW's Leon Haslam. The other championship contender, Max Biaggi, fared much less well, only managing the 16th fastest time during QP2, leaving him 15th on the provisional grid. But Biaggi is still within a second of Hopkins' time, and so there is still hope for his final grid position, to be set in Superpole this afternoon.
Combined results from QP1 and QP2:
Sam Lowes dominated the second session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Silverstone, taking an early lead and topping the timesheets by over eight tenths of a second. The Parkalgar Honda rider ended well ahead of a pair of Hannspree Ten Kate bikes, youngster Florian Marino a tenth quicker than his veteran teammate Fabien Foret. Motocard.com Kawasaki's Broc Parkes was 4th fastest, just ahead of Step Racing's Gino Rea. Championship leader Chaz Davies found some improvement, posting the 7th best time, but still nearly 1.3 seconds off Lowes.
Press releases issued after the first day of practice for the World Superbike and World Supersport teams at Silverstone: