Latest World Superbike Results
Carlos Checa continues to lead the World Superbike field going into this afternoon's Superpole session. Behind the Althea Ducati rider, the only change from yesterday was the intrusion of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea, who disrupted the near hegemony Ducati had at the German track. Rea put his Honda into 4th, behind BMW's Troy Corser and Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga. The final starting grid positions will be settled in this afternoon's Superpole session starting at 3pm local time.
Carlos Checa secured provisional pole during the first qualifying session for World Superbikes at the Nurburgring, heading up another fleet of Ducatis on the front row. Ducati's domination was only broken by Troy Corser, who put his BMW S1000RR between Checa and the remainder of the Althea Ducati and Xerox Ducati teams. Michel Fabrizio took 3rd spot for the factory team, while Checa's teammate Shane Byrne took the final spot on the provisional front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi put his Alitalia Aprilia into 6th, while his main rival, Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam, could manage only the 11th fastest time.
According to one report on the Dutch website Racesport.nl, Leon Camier fractured his right wrist in a crash, and will take no further part in the weekend's action.
Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu is on provisional pole for the German round of World Supersport, but the Turkish rider has only the smallest of advantages. Sofuoglu finished just one thousandths of a second ahead of ParkinGO Triumph's David Salom, who took over 2nd spot from Intermoto Czech's Gino Rea. Katsuaki Fujiwara rounds out the provisional front row, while Sofuoglu's main challenger for the title, Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty, ended the day in 5th.
Eugene Laverty took charge of the first session of Free Practice for the World Supersport class at the Nurburgring, taking over the top spot with late fast lap with a few minutes left in the session. The Parkalgar Honda man demoted Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu in the process, the Turkish rider taking 2nd ahead of Motocard Kawasaki's Katsuaki Fujiwara. The young Londoner Gino Rea continued his improvement, setting the 4th fastest time on the Intermoto Czech Honda.
The two days of practice that the Ducati team had at Mugello earlier this week appears to have paid off, and not just for Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga. The top of the timesheets was awash with Ducatis during the first session of free practice at the Nurburgring, with four of them in the top five positions. But it was not a Ducati in the very top spot, Max Biaggi setting the fastest time on the Alitalia Aprilia, and looking in good shape to lock down the World Superbike title as the series enters its final stages. Fabrizio was 2nd fastest, and just over five hundredths off Biaggi, while Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa interposed himself between Fabrizio and Haga in 4th.
Places 5 through 8 were taken by the British contingent. Althea Ducati's Shane Byrne was the fastest Brit, ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea and Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow in 7th. Championship contender Leon Haslam could only manage the 8th fastest time on the Alstare Suzuki, nearly two thirds of a second slower than Biaggi.
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Results and summary of the restarted World Supersport race at Silverstone:
Results and summary of WSBK race 1 at Silverstone:
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Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa became the first non-British rider to top the timesheets in the World Superbike class during the second session of free practice at the revised Silverstone circuit. The Spanish veteran nudged a trio of Brits off the top spot, beating Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam, HANNSpree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea and Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow into 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The gaps remain relatively small, however, as Checa was just a tenth of a second faster than Haslam, and a second covered the top 12. Superpole is to follow at 3pm local time.
Tricky conditions at Silverstone on Saturday morning made it nigh on impossible for the World Superbike field to improve their times, leaving the timesheets virtually unchanged from Friday. Only one rider bettered his time from yesterday, HM Plant's Josh Brookes just sneaking into Superpole and knocking Roger Lee Hayden out of 20th spot.
Of the riders who didn't improve their times, it was Johnny Rea who came out on top, finishing ahead of BMW's Troy Corser, DFX Corse's Lorenzo Lanzi and Corser's teammate Ruben Xaus. The final grid will be settled this afternoon during Superpole.
Combined results after QP1 and QP2:
Londoner Gino Rea - no relation to World Superbike rider and Ulsterman Johnny - was the fastest World Supersport rider in the second session of free practice on a wet track. Rea finished ahead of championship contenders Eugene Laverty and Kenan Sofuoglu, with Motocard.com Kawasaki rider Katsuaki Fujiwara in 4th.
Eugene Laverty took provisional pole for the World Supersport class at Silverstone on Friday afternoon, the Parkalgar Honda picking up where he left off during free practice. But Laverty's lead was slashed to the bare minimum, with Intermoto Czech's Gino Rea ending the first session of qualifying just under a tenth behind the Irishman. London-born Rea, in turn, finished seven hundredths ahead of Motocard Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz, who was a similar amount quicker than Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu.
The first qualifying session for the World Superbike class at Silverstone saw the British riders maintain their hold on the front row, with Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow taking provisional pole by a comfortable margin. This morning's fastest man, HANNSpree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea, took second spot, while an interloper in the shape of Australian Troy Corser set the 3rd fastest time on the BMW S1000RR, ending the session just ahead of Alitalia Aprilia's Leon Camier.