2013 Silverstone World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Silverstone:


Rea and Haslam in the hunt at Silverstone

Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam took provisional fourth and fifth places respectively in this afternoon’s opening qualifying session for round nine of the 2013 World Superbike championship at Silverstone in the UK.

The British duo returned from the Suzuka 8-hours race in Japan earlier this week but took no time in adjusting back to their SBK-specification Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades at the 5.902km Silverstone circuit, ending the day separated by just four thousandths of a second.

After grey and overcast conditions this morning, the first 45-minute qualifying session was run in warm, sunny but breezy conditions in which Tom Sykes took provisional pole position.

Jonathan Rea – P4 2m06.349s

We made some good progress straight away and got up to speed early on this morning, so I was really happy. This afternoon we went backwards with the set-up a little bit and we need to revert back to the ride heights that we had earlier. The bike was a little harder to ride, especially in the twisty sections. Looking at everything though, it’s useful to have Leon up there as well because we can learn some things from his data. We’ll sit down and go through it all tonight and learn what we can. It seems we’re faster than last year but in the second session it was quite difficult to do the lap time. We’ll try to make the bike more easy and try tomorrow with some improvements. Engine braking is still a bit of an issue and I feel like I’m being pushed into the corner a little bit, so we need to look at deceleration and then we should be in the ball park. But it’s not bad for a first day!

Leon Haslam – P5 2m06.353s

We’re making progress, even though we have a few issues that we need to resolve, but, all in all, it’s good. It’s always nice to be a little bit higher up the time sheets and, although I’m happy enough with the progress we’ve made so far, we’ve still got a bit of a way to go. The leg injury is not holding me back as much here as it has at earlier rounds, and once we’ve solved these issues we can hopefully make some bigger steps tomorrow.

Pieter Breddels – team-co-ordinator

This morning, Leon was struggling a little and didn’t do a lot of laps so we had to make the bike a little more to his liking. This afternoon he improved a little for a pretty good lap time, so it’s good to see him back near the front and showing his potential. Jonathan started pretty well this morning but we tried some things this afternoon, some of which improved the bike, some of which didn’t. We’ll analyse everything and try to make a better bike for tomorrow.


Giugliano continues as a frontrunner at Silverstone UK

The ninth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship is taking place this weekend at Silverstone and it was a positive first day of practice and qualifying for team Althea Racing and rider Davide Giugliano. This morning the skies threatened rain but the track fortunately remained dry, allowing Davide and his technicians to work on their RSV4 Aprilia. In the first free practice session Giugliano recorded a 2’06.997 to finish in fourth position. In afternoon qualifying, which took place in sunny conditions, team Althea’s rider put in another solid performance despite a small crash mid way through the session. He finished in overall third position with a time of 2’06.332. A few problems with the front of the bike limited Giugliano’s performance, but overall the team and rider demonstrated once again that they can compete consistently at the top of the time sheets, ahead of many riders who have official bikes.

Davide Giugliano: “Despite the positions in the standings, I’m not completely satisfied with what we’ve done today. We still have some problems with the front and my technicians are working to find a good solution. The positive thing is that if we have still managed to be fast despite the problems, this means that once we have the right setting we’ll be able to do a lot better and get closer to Sykes, who was fastest today. In tomorrow morning’s qualifying I want to work on our race pace and prepare as well as possible for tomorrow afternoon’s Superpole.”

Silverstone – UK

First free practice session: 1) Sykes (Kawasaki) - 2) Camier (Suzuki) – 3) Fabrizio (Aprilia) - 4) Giugliano (Aprilia) – 5) Melandri (BMW) – 6) Rea (Honda) - 7) Baz (Kawasaki) )

First qualifying session: 1) Sykes (Kawasaki) – 2) Camier (Suzuki) - 3) Giugliano (Aprilia) – 4) Rea (Honda) – 5) Haslam (Honda) – 6) Laverty (Aprilia) – 7) Baz (Kawasaki)


Work gets underway for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Silverstone

Silverstone (UK), Friday 2 August 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini were on track at Silverstone today, taking part in the first practice and qualifying sessions of this ninth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship.

On a dry track (air 21˚C, track 26˚C), both riders began the planned set-up work with their technicians. Badovini completed a best lap of 2’07.5 on board his 1199 Panigale which placed him tenth at the session’s end. Unfortunately Carlos had trouble with the gears, in that he was unable to shift down, meaning that he lost a lot of time in the garage and was unfortunately only able to complete four laps, closing fifteenth.

With the technical issue resolved in time for afternoon qualifying, Checa was back out on track in slightly warmer conditions. He was able to improve on his morning’s times by several seconds and Badovini too dropped his best time set this morning by almost a second. With eleven of the first twelve riders all closing within six tenths of a second of each other, the Ducati Alstare pair concluded this first qualifying session in eleventh (Badovini) and fourteenth (Checa) position.

Carlos Checa: “This afternoon was a first approach for us of course as this morning’s gear issue meant we lost the entire session. With only one bike available, a problem like that keeps you in the garage unfortunately. In qualifying I had a few grip problems, I wasn’t fully confident with the front of the bike and there are also sections where I know I can improve, so let’s say there’s still a lot to do tomorrow. I hope we can make some modifications that allow us to find a good pace in preparation for the races.”

Ayrton Badovini: “With regard to overall set-up we’ve started once more from the base identified at Imola and Misano. My biggest problem today has been with rear grip, which is only exaggerated by the fact that, as in Russia, we don’t have the softer tyre solution at this track. So we’ve worked to increase traction and made a couple of changes towards the end of qualifying that gave me a little more grip but I still have to ride carefully and it will be difficult to maintain a good race pace in these conditions. Tomorrow I will do my best to make the most of the second qualifying and practice sessions.”


A LOT OF WORK IN THE APRILIA RACING GARAGE ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT THE SILVERSTONE TRACK.

EUGENE LAVERTY IS HUNTING FOR GRIP COMING OUT OF TURNS, WHILE SYLVAIN GUINTOLI HAS TO DEAL WITH HIS INJURED SHOULDER.

Silverstone (UK), 2 August 2013 – The first times are in from the Silverstone World Superbike round, with all the riders taking to the track for the first two sessions of the weekend. The morning free practice sessions were held under a typical English sky, in other words overcast, luckily without any precipitation. Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli respectively ended the sessions with the eighth and ninth best times in a small group of riders with very similar pace.

On the other hand, a bright sun came out in the afternoon just before the qualifying session began. In this session the Aprilia riders put in a lot of laps on the English track, looking for the best technical solutions in order to take on Superpole tomorrow and the races on Sunday. Sylvain Guintoli had to deal with the pain in his injured shoulder, particularly stressed by the fast turns and direction changes. Sylvain confirmed his ninth place position at just over a second behind the leading time. The Frenchman, current leader in the rider standings, is still lacking something in order to feel comfortable on this asphalt on his fast RSV4.

Sylvain Guintoli: “My shoulder still isn't at 100%, so I need to work on it. In any case we are faster than we were in Moscow and I'm confident that we can get even better. I'm certainly not riding the way I know how to yet. We need to find some solutions to achieve a more effective race pace. Everything is working well, but we still need to work on a few details in order for me to feel comfortable on the bike since my injury is still quite painful”.

Eugene Laverty consistently increased his pace, ending the session in sixth place. The Northern Irish rider, who has a particular soft spot for this track, complained of a lack of grip coming out of turns in the extremely important acceleration phase. Eugene blames most of the gap on this problem and he'll be working on it with his mechanics in view of the two sessions that precede Superpole tomorrow.

Eugene Laverty: “As far as the final position goes, sixth place is certainly not exceptional. The most important problem at this point is the lack of grip coming out of turns. That's where we lose a lot of time. My Aprilia is not aggressive on the tyres and that's good on a track like this one, but if I can't find grip in the initial acceleration phase everything becomes a bit more difficult. I like the track. It's fun to ride even in the slower sections and I expect a good battle”.

The other two Aprilia RSV4s on the track also had good results. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) improved his fourth best time from the morning session, qualifying with third best time in the first qualifying, whereas Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma), after putting the third best time on the boards in free practice, crashed at the beginning of the second session and then struggled to find the right pace.


BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Silverstone - Qualifying Practice 1

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has completed an intensive day’s work preparing for Sunday’s races at Silverstone. The British race track hosts the ninth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship. The weekend started with dry conditions in the afternoon for factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR). Marco finished eighth with his BMW S 1000 RR in today’s first qualifying practice while Chaz was 12th.

In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team secured provisional pole-position after posting the fastest time in today’s first qualifying session with his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished 17th.

Marco Melandri:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:07.005 min (P5)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:06.590 min (P8)

“Going back out of the track is the best cure for us as riders after what had happened in Moscow. This afternoon there’ll be a meeting with all riders and the organiser, there it will be decided if from now on we will meet on a regularly basis to share our thoughts about safety issues. This would be very important.

The track conditions here in Silverstone are getting more and more difficult and we were struggling a bit to absorb the bumpy surface. In addition, I had a pretty good feeling with used tyres but with new tyres I was struggling to go fast. We will now work on improving my feeling on the bumps and with new tyres. I think that it will be a very slow and difficult race. We will find out after the first laps but I am quite optimistic that we can be among the front runners.”

Chaz Davies:

Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:08.450 min (P14)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:06.826 min (P12)

“Today was not too easy. We are at a bumpy track again. We started our work with the set-up we were successful with in Russia, but it seems that these settings are not ideal for bumps so we need to go away from that and find something that works on this surface and also something that helps us to find more grip as it is bumpy and slippery here. This morning was difficult but already this afternoon the bike definitely went in the right direction but we still need to improve. In general I think we have found the right way, we just need to keep working in this direction for tomorrow.”

Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“I want to compliment to the team, who keep their focus, continue to work hard and demonstrate to be real professionals. The track conditions are getting more difficult and this has not been helpful for our work. Marco has a good pace and with used tyres, he has a good feeling. Chaz was struggling a little bit more but we are confident for the races. In the Superstock class, Sylvain got the provisional pole position. Greg still has to learn the track as he is riding here for the first time.”

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):

“Today both crews used the two dry sessions to work hard on the bike. We expected to have some difficulties on this bumpy surface and unfortunately both riders are still struggling with the rear end of the bike which is not absorbing the bumps as they expected. I addition to the bumpy surface, Chaz was still lacking some side grip and this combination makes the rear end of the bike a bit unstable. This is the main area on which we will focus now. We need to improve the riders’ confidence in the rear end. On this long race track, as soon as you do so a bit you can make a big step in terms of lap times. We are losing time mainly in the first and the last sector and these are the areas where our efforts will be focused. I am confident that in tomorrow’s Superpole, both riders will be able to fight for the first two rows.”


Seventh At Silverstone For Kennedy & Rivamoto Honda On Opening Day

Rivamoto Honda have had an encouraging start to the 9th round of the World Supersport championship at Silverstone today with Jack Kennedy securing 7th on the provisional grid.

Weather conditions today were mixed, as light rain coupled with bursts of sunshine made it extremely difficult to complete the necessary machine set-ups required. A number of riders are complaining of a lack of grip from the ultra technical Northamptonshire circuit, a view shared by both Rivamoto riders.

Jack Kennedy once again left it late in the session to move into the top 10, and was unlucky to lose out on a provisional second row start in the closing seconds of qualifying.

Edik Blokhin had one of the most promising starts to a World Supersport weekend, riding confidently in both sessions, and posting his personal best lap time of the Silverstone circuit in this afternoon’s session despite an earlier technical problem which cost him a lot of track time.

Jack Kennedy: ” We are still trying to find the right direction with the bike. We made some positive steps this afternoon but we are not quite there yet. I am struggling for grip but it was slightly better in the qualifying session compared to this morning. We are managing some good consistent laps, I just need a one off lap for the grid. Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow so we get another shot at it.”

Edik Blokhin: “It’s been a positive start for me. I really enjoy riding at Silverstone. In the first practice we made a very good lap time. Qualifying started ok but then we had some technical issues. The team did a great job to fix the bike and get me back out on track but we didn’t have a lot of time to make changes. I have a few problems with set up but we understand why and we can change things for tomorrow. I have made my fastest ever lap at Silverstone today, so I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Final qualifying is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1605 local time.


Sheridan provisional fourth at Silverstone

PTR HONDA'S Sheridan Morais on his comeback from injury took a promising fourth place on the provisional grid for Sunday's ninth round of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone in the UK.

The South African missed the last round due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery at the end of the season. He is fit enough to ride and showing that the rest has done him good. Sheridan said: "The weather was much better this afternoon and I was able to get my lap times competitive straight away. I feel stronger on the bike and for sure there is more to come. My PTR Honda is handling well and the engine makes the most of the big straights, so I am confident for the rest of the weekend."

Luca Marconi, returning from a broken right arm, eased himself back into the Championship in 23rd place and will be looking for big improvements tomorrow.

Rookies David Linortner, Matt Davies and Nacho Calero in 26th, 27th and 29th are looking for direction to improve and make the most of an excellent opportunity to score points at a circuit that suits the PTR Honda. There are further practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow before the race takes place at 1330GMT on Sunday, August 4th.

PTR Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: "Sheridan's rest has done him the power of good and he is able to ride much closer to his and the bike's potential. He has good potential for this weekend, congratulations to him on a strong return to the team.

"Luca's broken arm is plated and screwed, so for him to take 23rd is good. He feels ok and I think he can get in the points here as he will push harder tomorrow.

"David, Matt and Nacho all have significant work to do. We have got together with them and set goals to achieve, so we will take progress one step at a time. All three have points scoring potential and we will help them to achieve that."


ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse: first day ok at Iddon’s home track

Silverstone, 2nd August 2013

Despite de drops of rain in the morning, the weather has hold on the first day of practices at Silverstone, with low temperature only in the morning.

The MV’s F3 675 of Christian Iddon (home track for him) and Roberto Rolfo, have been fast and competitive from the morning.

Fifth provisional place for Iddon, winner of the race at the British Supersport Championship in 2012, and 14th time for Rolfo lacking still some data.

In qualifying, Christian Iddon has finished the session very close of top 10 with the 11th best time and Roberto Rolfo has improved a couple of positions, doing the 12th best time.

Both riders will try tomorrow to improve the feeling with their bikes.

Christian Iddon

I am quite satisfied. We have to work on the rear grip still, but I’ve done good results here on the past and I am quite confident.

Tomorrow we will try to close the gap to get a good position on the grid.

Roberto Rolfo

I quite like this track and the bike feels quite good. In qualifying I have improved a bit but we still need to work on the set up to get a better feeling.

We have still tomorrow. We have some work to do but we are ready for it.


Van der Mark adapts at Silverstone

Dutch rider Michael van der Mark was ninth fastest in today’s opening qualifying session for the eighth round World Supersport race at Silverstone in the UK. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu.

The 20-year-old van der Mark returned earlier this week from victory in last Sunday’s Suzuka 8-hours race in Japan, where he rode a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, to compete on his Pata Honda CBR600RR at the 5.902km Silverstone circuit.

Van der Mark’s Pata Honda team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, was 22nd fastest in today’s qualifying session as he recovers from injuries sustained in his 255kph crash at the Moscow Raceway in Russia two weeks ago.

Michael van der Mark – P9 2m10.309s

The first session today was just adapting back to the Supersport machine but after a few laps it started to rain. I sat there for a while but I was just wasting time so I went back out and the track was OK. I needed some more laps on the bike but it was quite wet at the end. Qualifying went OK before we got stuck at a certain lap time and couldn’t go any further. We need to change a few thing tomorrow to go a little faster.

Lorenzo Zanetti – P22 2m11.259s

I was in a lot of pain today but it was just important for me to ride the bike today. It was difficult to ride, especially this morning, but I didn’t have any pain-killing injection today to keep the feeling in my hand. The faster corners are OK but it’s difficult in the slow corners. Tomorrow will be a little better because now I know it is possible to ride the bike. I will try to improve the time for tomorrow to get a better position for the race but it was important just to ride today.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

Lorenzo is in quite a lot of pain from his Moscow injuries and he cannot ride the bike how he would like. Hopefully it will be a little easier tomorrow because there is not a lot that we can do. There is only a second between his position and seventh place but we’ll have to see how the rest of the weekend goes for Lorenzo. On the other side of the garage, Michael was ninth and we expected a little bit more. He’s not completely happy with the bike yet so we’re going through all the data from previous years to come up with a solution for tomorrow.


Davies Encouraged By Positive Start At Silverstone

Matt Davies will begin tomorrow’s final qualifying session for the 9th round of the World Supersport championship buoyed by a trouble free Friday which saw him claim a provisional 27th on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.

Matt, who lives in the UK for the majority of the racing season looks upon Silverstone as his ‘home’ race outside of his native Australia and the young Australian rode confidently in both sessions today, working hard on a ‘perfect’ set-up with his PTR Honda machine.

As always, the times between the top riders in Supersport is ultra close and just a few tenths improvement should see Matt elevate himself towards the top 20, which will give him a great opportunity to battle for that elusive first World Championship point.

Matt Davies – PTR Honda: “It’s been good today. We made some improvements that saw us improve our times. If the weather holds, and the rain stays away we should be able to move further forward tomorrow.


SBK Stk600 - San Caro Team Italia dominates Silverstone's friday

Nocco on provisional pole ahead of teammate Morbidelli

With the best provisional times both during free practice and QP1, the Italian duo seized a day to remember in England.

Nocco once again showed his talent and, despite debuting at the track, took both sessions. With a 2'11.410, 1.3'' faster than in the morning, the Italian also made the circuit record and was the only rider below the 2'12 mark.

Morbidelli was also fast, right behind his teammate in both sessions. With a 2'12.173, he improved by over 1.5'' since FP1 and took second spot, 0.763 behind Nocco.

A. Nocco 1°, 2'11"410

F. Morbidelli 2°, 2'12"173

Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It was a perfect day for us. We found the right setup right away and the results were great since the morning. Nocco was extraordinary, lapping 1 second faster than VD Mark in 2012. He can score another great result with his growing confidence. Morbidelli also improved since last year and throughout the day. With a small change, he can be just as fast. We are on the mark, mentally and technically. If the weather stays constant, we can have a great race."

Supersport World Championship

Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) also enjoyed a positive day one in Silverstone, with a progressive performance. After shaking off the rust during FP1, the Italian got back in his groove where last year scored a victory in Stk600 and posted a 2'09"308 that puts him in third place provisionally (+0"485 behind provisional poleman Sofuoglu)


Tom Sykes dominates Day 1 on home soil

Silverstone (Great Britain), Friday 2 August 2013 - Blazing sunshine welcomed the eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders in today's Qualifying 1 at Silverstone. Despite a late crash at Turn 1, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) stole the show courtesy of an impressive 2'05.355 seconds lap-time, to lead the way until the chequered flag was waved on the finish line. Apart from the leader... (read more)

Times: 1. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2'05.355 average 169.496 kph; 2. Camier (Suzuki) 2'06.236; 3. Giugliano (Aprilia) 2'06.332; 4. Rea (Honda) 2'06.349; 5. Haslam (Honda) 2'06.353; 6. Laverty (Aprilia) 2'06.539; 7. Baz (Kawasaki) 2'06.553; 8. Melandri (BMW) 2'06.590; 9. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2'06.656; 10. Cluzel (Suzuki) 2'06.718; 11. Badovini (Ducati) 2'06.735; 12. Davies (BMW) 2'06.826; 13. Neukirchner (Ducati) 2'07.516; 14. Checa (Ducati) 2'07.546; 15. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 2'07.753; 16. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 2'09.126; 17. Sandi (Kawasaki) 2'10.471; 18. Iannuzzo (BMW) 2'11.866.

World Supersport

Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) was the fastest rider in Round 9 first qualifying. The reigning Champion broke into the 2'08 seconds barrier with few minutes left and improved his lap-time again to a final 2'08.823, to edge title contender and current Championship leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) - who had a crash halfway through the session ... (read more)

Times: 1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2'08.823 average 164.933 kph; 2. Lowes (Yamaha) 2'09.001; 3. Russo (Kawasaki) 2'09.308; 4. Morais (Honda) 2'09.755; 5. Marino (Kawasaki) 2'09.843; 6. Salom (Kawasaki) 2'09.982; 7. Kennedy (Honda) 2'10.209; 8. De Rosa (Honda) 2'10.263; 9. Vd Mark (Honda) 2'10.309; 10. Foret (Kawasaki) 2'10.367; etc.

Superstock 1000

Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) set the fastest time in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup first qualifying session. The Reigning Champion and current leader in the points lapped the 5,902 m of the Silverstone Circuit in 2'09.110 and, despite a technical problem with ten minutes left... (read more)

Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 2'10.396 average 162.944 kph; 2. Savadori (Kawasaki) 2'11.109; 3. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'11.217; 4. Mercado (Kawasaki) 2'11.325; 5. La Marra (Ducati) 2'11.529; 6. Bussolotti (BMW) 2'11.891; 7. Jezek (Ducati) 2'11.994; 8. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 2'12.096; 9. Canepa (Ducati) 2'12.219; 10. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2'12.418; etc.

Superstock 600

Sixteen year old Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) leads qualifying after topping the timesheets in today's first session at Silverstone. The winner of the last race at Imola, who already managed to clock below the best lap with 15 minutes left in the session, was able to... (read more)

Times: 1. Nocco (Kawasaki) 2'11.410 average 161.686 kph; 2. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 2'12.173; 3. Duwelz (Yamaha) 2'12.294; 4. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 2'13.024; 5. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 2'13.706; 6. Mossey (Yamaha) 2'13.896; 7. Chesaux (Honda) 2'13.977; 8. Coveña (Kawasaki) 2'13.980; 9. Mulhauser (Yamaha) 2'14.008; 10. Salvadori (Yamaha) 2'14.247; etc.

European Junior Cup – Free Practice

Times: 1. Flitcroft (Honda) 2'31.925 average 139.853 kph; 2. Raymond (Honda) 2'32.845; 3. Orellana (Honda) 2'32.849; 4. Fernandez (Honda) 2'33.335; 5. Soomer (Honda) 2'33.709; 6. Sebestyen (Honda) 2'34.337; 7. Harland (Honda) 2'34.344; 8. Lewis (Honda) 2'34.554; 9. Fernandez (Honda) 2'34.577; 10. Hill (Honda) 2'34.703; etc.

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Flitcroft Throws Down The Gauntlet In EJC Free Practice At Silverstone

James Flitcroft threw down the gauntlet at Silverstone this afternoon with a blistering lap in the opening free practice session of the PATA European Junior Cup to take to spot by almost a second.

Flitcroft who is a former Red Bull Rookie rider has been finding some pace over the last couple of races and is in a confident mood this weekend.

He may have ended the session with the fastest time but there were a number of mid-session challengers as Javier Orellana, Jake Lewis, and championship leader all staked their claim for the number one spot.

Championship leader Raymond would eventually end up 2nd, a fraction ahead of Orellana who produced his best performance of the season to date.

The battle for the next places was as intense as ever. Fernandez from Spain took 4th from Hannes Soomer (Estonia) and Hungarian Peter Sebasyten completing the top 6.

Josh Harland was the next of the Brits in 7th ahead of Kiwi Jake Lewis who dropped to 8th.

9th position went to Fernandez, while Stefan Hill impressed with a determined ride to round out the top ten.

Connor London and Alex Wisdom continue to improve race by race ending 23rd and 24th respectively, while the EJC family welcomed back Brazilian Sabrina Paiuta who rode her CBR 500cc R Honda machine into a respectable 26th position.

The UK wildcards took their time to get used to the new machines with Fraser Rogers (27th) getting the better of Carl Stevens (33rd).

Official qualifying takes place at 1330 local time.


Jake Lewis Satisfied With 8th In EJC Free Practice At Silverstone

Jake Lewis declared himself satisfied after finishing 8th in the opening free practice session for the PATA European Junior Cup race at Silverstone.

The Kiwi who has twice been on the podium this year, and currently sits 4th overall in the championship standings was again at the sharp end of things throughout the 45 minute session got underway earlier today.

Lewis, who spoke to MPH TV this morning was preparing to be more aggressive in the second of the 2013 campaign and with a little over ten minutes to go was sitting comfortably in 2nd position.

Some faster times came for some of his championship rivals but Jake was unable to improve, discovering a small oil leak upon the completion of the session.

This can be fixed and official qualifying is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon at 1230 local time.

Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2013

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