Silverstone, Great Britain
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:
Carlos Checa has reasserted his authority over the World Superbike championship by taking provisional pole during Friday's first session of qualifying at Silverstone. The Althea Ducati rider was fast throughout the session, leading for much of practice and upping the pace in the final minutes. The Ducatis are strong at Silverstone, though: Supersonic's Maxime Berger sits in 2nd place, just ahead of the Kawasaki of Tom Sykes and the Alitalia Aprilia of Leon Camier. This morning's fastest man John Hopkins heads up the provisional second row on the Samsung Crescent Suzuki, just a few hundredths faster than Michel Fabrizio on the Alstare Suzuki.
Championship challengers Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri were once again suffering, though Biaggi had a much stronger afternoon session. The Alitalia Aprilia man ended the session in 9th position, but the Roman Emperor was just over half a second off Checa, and less than two-tenths of a second off Tom Sykes in 3rd. Melandri is struggling more, the Italian down in 14th, and well over 1.2 seconds slower than Checa. His factory Yamaha team have their work cut out for them tonight.
Gino Rea has taken provisional pole after the first day of practice for the World Supersport class at Silverstone, setting a fast lap at the end of the session to see of Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes. Lowes ended the session ahead of ParkinGO Yamaha's Luca Scassa, the Italian improving on his results from this morning, while Hannspree Ten Kate man Fabien Foret rounds out the provisional front row in 4th. Scassa's teammate and championship leader Chaz Davies continues to struggle, only managing to set the 10th fastest time over 1.8 seconds off the pace.
John Hopkins has demonstrated his competitiveness by topping the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Silverstone. The Samsung Crescent rider has been given a wildcard for the British round of World Superbikes, and was fast throughout FP1. Hopkins is not the only surprise at the top of the timesheets, with Aprilia's Leon Camier taking the 2nd spot and BMW Italia's James Toseland - still recovering from major wrist surgery - taking 4th, with only Czech rider Jakub Smrz spoiling the British party in 3rd on the Effenbert Liberty Ducati.
Championship leader Carlos Checa was 5th fastest on the Althea Ducati, while the factory BMWs of Troy Corser and Leon Haslam got off to a strong start in 6th and 7th. Checa's championship challengers did not do so well, however: Yamaha's Marco Melandri was just 14th fastest, a second off Hopkins and two-thirds of a second behind Checa, while Aprilia's Max Biaggi was way down in 16th, nearly a second slower than Checa, and over a second behind his teammate Leon Camier.
Motocard.com Kawasaki rider David Salom has topped the first session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Silverstone, putting in a fast late lap to set the fastest time. Salom deposed Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's Fabien Foret by just five hundredths of a second, who was in turn over a third of a second faster than Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes. Lowes was the first of a gaggle of British riders, Step Racing's Gino Rea in 4th and Bogdanka PTR's James Ellison 5th fastest. Current championship leader Chaz Davies was nearly two seconds off the pace of Salom, the ParkinGO Yamaha rider ending up in 11th.