Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after a rain-affected qualifying at Silverstone:
Tribute to Antonelli and first Tissot-Superpole for Laverty
Silverstone (Great Britain), Saturday 3 August 2013 - An emotional and moving tribute to Andrea Antonelli gathered the entire WSBK paddock on the starting line at Silverstone, together with his Team, Goeleven Kawasaki, Andrea's bike #8 and the Moscow Raceway Supersport race winner trophy, which was given in his memory. Following this special moment, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders went on track for the ninth Tissot-Superpole of the season.
After two dry sessions, the third one was red flagged as the rain started to fall on the Norhamptonshire track. The action resumed with a final wet 20-minute Superpole, which saw Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) getting the best out of a last minute attempt, on an almost dry track surface, and clocking in 2'04.730 seconds to secure his first ever Tissot-Superpole win.
The 27 year old from Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, was able to edge Spaniard Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), back on the front row of the grid after the pole position scored in the Season Opener at Phillip Island, and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike).
Row 2 will be headed by Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), who was leading the last session before the rain stopped – allowing riders for a final quick lap – followed by team mate Tom Sykes. The Brit got the worse of today's Superpole, as just before the red flag came out he set what would have been the new best lap of the circuit.
Works BMW rider Chaz Davies ended up sixth, while his team mate Marco Melandri got out of contention early on as he suffered a technical problem on his BMW S1000RR during Superpole 1.
Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) and Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) ended up 7th and 8th, with Frenchman stopped by his RSV4 after a technical fault. Ninth place Davide Giugliano had to sit out the final session due to a crash he sustained before the red flag was waved.
Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 2'04.730 average 170.346 kph; 2. Checa (Ducati) 2'04.949; 3. Rea (Honda) 2'05.078; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 2'05.105; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2'05.949; 6. Davies (BMW) 2'06.369; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 2'06.775; 8. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2'04.358; 9. Giugliano (Aprilia); 10. Cluzel (Suzuki); 11. Neukirchner (Ducati); 12. Haslam (Honda); 13. Badovini (Ducati); 14. Fabrizio (Aprilia); 15. Melandri (BMW).
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Silverstone - Superpole
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny with a bit of rain in the afternoon.
Temperature: Air: 19 – 23 °C, Track: 23 – 36 °C
Number of riders participating: 18 from 11 teams
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 2:05.355 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) 2:04.730 min
It was a difficult Saturday for the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team at Silverstone (GBR), but it ended in a kind of a conciliatory manner. Factory rider Chaz Davies (GBR) achieved the set target, which was to start from the front two rows. The Welshman finished sixth in today’s turbulent Superpole qualifying with his BMW S 1000 RR, thus starting the ninth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship from the second row. His team-mate Marco Melandri (ITA) was denied of his chance to attack in the Superpole qualifying by a mechanical issue and will start tomorrow’s races from 15th on the grid.
The day began according to plan with the team continuing the preparation work in this morning’s second qualifying practice. But during the free practice session in the early afternoon, luck changed for the squad. Chaz was forced back to the garage with a mechanical issue and lost a lot of track time. Marco crashed and had to be taken to the medical centre but fortunately he suffered only minor injuries and was ready to start in the following Superpole qualifying.
However, Marco was only able to do one flying lap before he had to stop beside the track because of a mechanical issue. Consequently, Superpole was over for him and he had to settle with 15th. Chaz meanwhile did two outings in the first part of the session. For the second one he used qualifying tyres and set the best time to progress to the next session. He made it through Superpole 2 into the final and deciding third session by using his other qualifying tyre. In Superpole 3, Chaz tried to do his best on race tyres, when the session was red flagged as it started to rain in parts of the track. The modus was changed to a “wet Superpole” of 20 minutes for those nine riders who had qualified for Superpole 3. Conditions were changing during this session and track action was quite reduced, but towards the end the track dried again and with three minutes to go, the riders went out again to battle a final showdown for the grid positions with Chaz putting in the sixth fastest time.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier from the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team secured his fifth pole position of the season in a dominant manner. The Frenchman broke the lap recors by over seven tenths with his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) qualified 20th.
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 2:06.057 min (P10) / Fastest lap FP: 2:06.441 min (P12) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 2:06.369 min (P6)
“We have reached the target of starting from the first two rows which is good but it was sort of a strange day. I have to admit that I was not totally happy with the bike in Superpole, it was a bit hard to ride. For one lap, when you try to squeeze out everything, it is a bit tough going but over race distance we did not seem to be too bad this morning. I have been reasonably happy with that but we still have to improve as the bike is struggling over the bumps. So we will work on that tonight and get it right for tomorrow. In the races we will be pushing for the podium. For sure it will be interesting because some guys have a good pace but I am not sure how sustainable that is over race distance here. The grip drops off pretty quickly so we have to see how it goes tomorrow.”
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 2:06.283 min (P11) / Fastest lap FP: 2:05.859 min (P6) / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 2:13.317 min (P15)
“It was a difficult day. This morning I crashed quite heavily and hit the ground with my right hand and elbow. Now I have some pain in the fingers and I cannot bend my elbow properly. For this reason I cannot quickly release the brake and open the throttle. In Superpole, I did my best. I bit the bullet but then I had a mechanical issue on the second lap and in the end I could not take part in the qualifying session. The bike still struggles with the bumps but we are working on it. To start from the fifth row doesn’t make it easier, even if, in the end, we’re not really that bad. Now I need to rest to try to be in the best condition for tomorrow.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“It was not a good day. On this track we struggle with the bumpy surface and we also had some bad luck. Marco, after this morning’s crash, tried to take part in Superpole despite the pain but then could only do one lap due to a mechanical issue. We still have some work to do to make the bike ready for the race as we were not able to complete our job. In addition, Marco probably will have some pain tomorrow but I’m sure he will do his best to limit the damage and to get the best result he can. Chaz is quite satisfied, he feels a little more comfortable than Marco on this track and over the day he was able to improve his performance. He is on good form for tomorrow. In the warm-up we will work further on improving our performance.
In the Superstock class, Sylvain claimed pole position and also set a new lap record, being seven tenths faster than the old best lap time. This is a very good result which makes us really confident for tomorrow. We only hope that the weather will be good, because tomorrow we will have two Superstock races and results will be very important for the championship. Greg needs some more time to learn the track.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“Today we experienced the tough side of racing. Unfortunately we had some issues with both riders. Chaz had a mechanical issue during the free practice so he could not ride through all the session. Marco also had an unlucky free practice. He crashed and for sure he was not in the best shape for Superpole but the unfortunately he could not ride due to another issue. Overall I must say that Chaz managed to qualify on the second row which is a good position considering all the adversities we have had and the good point is that he was able to improve the feeling with the bike. He is still not 100 percent comfortable with the bike’s behaviour as he experiences some vibrations but we have another chance tomorrow during the warm-up where we are going to test something else in order to allow him to fight at the front.
Also Marco has improved his feeling for the bike, the rear end is better than yesterday and this was proven by the fact that he was doing faster lap times. Also the rhythm is not too bad. But it will be very important to understand what his condition will be tomorrow and starting from the fifth row does not help but he has shown us in the past that he is able to make a very good start and tomorrow he will need one of his best. Then we are confident that he will able to catch up with the other guys and try to fight for the top positions.”
Rea on Silverstone front row
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s ninth-round World Superbike races from the front row of the grid after setting the third-fastest time in this afternoon’s Superpole at Silverstone in the UK.
In an often-confusing Superpole, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland lapped the 5.902km circuit in a time of 2m05.078s, just 0.2s from pole sitter Eugene Laverty.
Superpole 3 was declared wet after all participants had registered a flying lap of Silverstone but those lap-times were scrapped in favour of a 20-minute wet session, which in fact started dry. After some light rain, the riders went out again with just a few minutes remaining on the clock to register their final lap-times.
Rea’s Pata Honda World Superbike team-mate, Leon Haslam, qualified for Superpole 2 but was unable to progress and will start tomorrow’s two 18-lap races from 12th place on the grid.
Jonathan Rea – P3 2m05.078s
I almost lucked into that, which wouldn’t have been nice, so it was really cool to go out at the end with some dry track so everyone could put in a lap-time. I actually only went out to practice a start but I saw how dry it was out there and thought I’d give it another go. It’s a good job I did, because I would have been bumped off the front row position that I took with my earlier lap time. It was a little chaotic but I’m quite happy to be on the front row because it’s good for the team – we made a big set-up gamble today and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s two long races. It’s also the last race that my wife Tatia can attend before our baby is due to be born so I hope we can put on a good show!
Leon Haslam – P12 2m05.573s
We’ve been struggling to find the right chassis settings most of the weekend and ended up going in a few wrong directions today. We thought we had something for Superpole but that turned out to be a mistake, even though I don’t think it would have changed the result too much if we hadn’t tried it. Hopefully, we can rectify that tomorrow and have a good go in the two races.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Unfortunately, Leon has had some problems with settings here. We have made a few changes to the bike and ended up going nowhere. I think we should have been at least top eight but we’ve ended up 12th, which I’m a bit sad about. We’ll have to re-think one more time and come up with something for the warm-up. We got a bit stuck with Jonathan, too, but some last-minute changes paid off and we were a little lucky that Superpole 3 got red-flagged. Third was a good result, but we still need to find a little more tomorrow to fight for the podium.
The Silverstone tarmac betrays Giugliano in Superpole
Davide Giugliano and the Althea Racing team did not have an easy time of it in today’s qualifying sessions of this, the ninth World Superbike round, taking place at Silverstone. In the second qualifying session this morning Giugliano was able to improve on his best time set yesterday and with a best time of 2’05.750 he qualified in fifth place for the afternoon’s Superpole. In the early afternoon’s free practice, Davide worked with his technicians to refine the setting of his RSV4 ahead of the Superpole. The Althea rider concluded this practice in seventh place with a time of 2’05.869.
In Superpole Giugliano went out on a race tyre, before returning to the track on his first qualifying tyre. He completed a flying lap in 2’04.749 that allowed him to close phase one in third position and progress to phase two. In the second phase Giugliano completed some laps on race rubber before going out on aqualifier and pushing for a fast lap, with which to progress to the final phase. Unfortunately one of the numerous pot holes along the track’s surface betrayed the rider, causing him to lose grip and crash.Yesterday many riders noted how the track surface is very uneven, making it especially tricky in terms of finding one’s balance. Unfortunately during the crash the bike hit Davide’s right leg, and he was forced to retire to the Clinica Mobile. Luckily x-rays didn’t show any fractures, although Giugliano is suffering a lot of pain in his heel. Despite the fall, the Althea rider nevertheless qualified for phase three, though he couldn’t participate. He will start from the ninth position and third row for tomorrow’s two 18-lap races.
Davide Giugliano : “Everything was going well up until phase two of the Superpole. This morning we completed a good session and then practice was also useful. In the first Superpole phase I recorded a low 2’05 with a race tyre that gives me confidence for tomorrow. Unfortunately however this track is extremely uneven, with a lot of pot holes. In these conditions it’s difficult to push to the max, the bike vibrates and it’s easy to lose traction and fall – the numerous crashes over these two days prove that. As far as tomorrow’s races are concerned, I think I have good pace and hope to be physically fit in order to be able to push. The third row doesn’t mean we can’t make good races and I’ll be doing my best to achieve solid results.”
FIRST POLE POSITION IN HIS CAREER FOR EUGENE LAVERTY WHO WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO COUNT ON AN EXCELLENT RACE PACE TOMORROW.
AN UNLUCKY SYLVAIN GUINTOLI WILL START FROM THE THIRD ROW AFTER TWO EXCELLENT PRACTICE SESSION.
Silverstone (UK), 3 August 2013 - The weather, which seemed to have decided not to trouble the Silverstone weekend, instead became a key factor in Superpole today. In fact, during the last session, the one that decides the first three rows of the grid, threatening showers convinced race marshals to suspend the action and start wet procedures, therefore limiting Superpole3 to one 20 minute session. Both of the Aprilia Racing riders (the team which is currently leading the manufacturer standings) had gotten into the top nine without any trouble.
In the new session, held in any case on a dry track, Eugene Laverty was the one that rode to the top, skillfully taking advantage of the optimum window to widen the gap in front of his rivals. This first pole position in the Northern Irish rider's career was the icing on the cake on a day which saw him steadily improving in the practice sessions leading up to Superpole. In the second free practice session he had made the best time, being the only rider to stay under 2.05 with race tyres. Everything seems to point toward two races tomorrow with the Aprilia standard bearers on the attack.
Eugene Laverty: “I have been waiting for my first Superpole for so long. After so many front row starts it was about time! I'm quite pleased. I'm sure we were also a bit lucky, but that's the way it goes. In the two sessions today we showed in any case that we have a really good race pace in the dry, so tomorrow we should be able to ride two great races”.
Team mate and current leader in the rider standings, Sylvain Guintoli, also showed that he has what it takes to battle with the front runners in the practice sessions. The response from the shoulder he injured in training was positive today and allowed him to ride the entire programme that he and his mechanics had planned, in order to optimise his RSV4 even on worn tyres. The times he put on the board were encouraging until a technical problem (still being analysed) stopped him precisely during the Superpole session. Eighth time and third row for Sylvain, who looks at the races tomorrow as just another challenge.
Sylvain Guintoli: “It's a shame about Superpole 3, but in compensation the good news is that we have an excellent race pace in the dry. Today we were able to work really well because my shoulder is improving, so we also took some laps on used tyres in order to better prepare for the races. To be honest I had hoped to start farther forward, so the races tomorrow will be a nice challenge for me”.
Front row start for Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare in tomorrow’s SBK races at Silverstone!
Silverstone (UK), Saturday 3 August 2013: after an extended Superpole, caused by the onset of rain during the third phase, Checa and his technicians managed the final (‘wet’) session perfectly, securing themselves a position on the front row of the grid, second, for tomorrow’s SBK races at the Silverstone circuit.
Second qualifying took place this morning on a dry track. Thanks to changes made by his technicians overnight, Checa made significant improvement in terms of lap times, dropping his best time set yesterday by a second and a half to record a fastest lap of 2’06.0. Thanks to this lap time, the Spanish rider qualified for Superpole in overall ninth position. Badovini was unable to improve on yesterday’s times but nevertheless progressed to the Superpole, having qualified in fourteenth place thanks to his fastest lap set yesterday (2’06.7).
Superpole 1: Out on race rubber, Checa immediately recorded a fast lap of 2’04.9 with which he closed this first phase in overall seventh position. Badovini, having gone out first with a race tyre and then with a qualifier, unfortunately missed out on the second phase by just thousandths of a second, thus qualifying for tomorrow’s races in thirteenth position. (2’05.4).
Superpole 2: Carlos once again closed in seventh place, thanks to a time of 2’04.7, recorded this time with the first of the two qualifying tyres available to him.
Superpole 3: When it started to rain just four minutes before the end of the phase, the session was stopped with a red flag. Carlos’ best time, that placed him sixth at that point, was deleted, as were the times of all the riders, with Race Direction effectively annulling that session and arranging a final ‘wet’ Superpole session of twenty minutes.
‘Wet’ Superpole: some of the riders, Carlos included, went straight out to take advantage of practically dry conditions. Checa was able to conclude his lap despite the onset of rain through the final section of the track, positioning himself fourth. At this point all riders were forced to return to the pits. Three minutes from the end, seeing that the rain had stopped, Carlos and his rivals returned to the track to make one final push. Giving it his all, the Spanish rider was able to complete one final fast lap just in time, earning himself the second spot on tomorrow’s race grid.
Carlos Checa: “We managed the final ‘wet’ session really well; I went straight out and was lying fourth when it started to rain and we thought it would stay wet until the end. Instead, in the final minutes, I saw that others were going back out so I decided to head out too. I took some risks because at that point I didn’t know if there were damp sections or not but let’s say it was worth it because I finished second. I’m pleased because after yesterday’s problems we’ve taken a big step forward today and I was able to lap well with the race tyre too, recording some very good times in the Superpole. It won’t be easy tomorrow but I hope to be able to make a good start and be there fighting with the leaders. I want to thank my team who’ve worked really hard all weekend, and especially for how they managed this afternoon’s atypical Superpole.”
Ayrton Badovini: “I’m not at all pleased with how today went – I expected to be able to do more and at least reach phase two. Unfortunately, like yesterday, I suffered from a lack of grip and also chattering. The qualifier didn’t really give me the advantage that I hoped to see and so my Superpole came to an end straight away. It won’t be easy from the fourth row…. We’ll have to see what conditions are like tomorrow and take it from there but in my case it would be useful if it rained…”
RE-RUN SUPERPOLE ROBS CAMIER OF FRONT ROW
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 3.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier saw a front-row start cruelly disappear when the session he was competing in at Silverstone in England was cancelled due to rain during this afternoon's Superpole at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship event.
Camier had continued with the form he showed on Friday by finishing this morning's second qualifying session on top of the time-sheets, to give him second overall on combined times and followed that up with third in the final free practice to signify his intentions for the Superpole. The Englishman - who celebrates his birthday tomorrow - made his way comfortably through Superpole 1 and 2 and into the third and most significant session. Camier immediately used a qualifying tyre and set a very impressive lap-time to take third place and what looked like the team's first front-row start of the season. As the session wore on, small spots of rain fell around the 5,902m Silverstone circuit and immediately Race Control red flagged the session and declared a Wet Superpole, making all the previous times void. This led to a 20-minute session that would decide the front three rows. Camier started well on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and was again in third when larger spots of rain fell, forcing all riders back to the pits. As the rain cleared the track was dry enough for some fast times, but unfortunately Camier wasn't able to improve on his time and will start tomorrow's two races from seventh place.
Jules Cluzel again made another step in the second qualifying by taking a further 0.7 seconds off his best time from yesterday and making his way into Superpole. He again showed his qualifying skill as he set the fastest time in Superpole 1, but wasn't able to replicate that and missed out on progressing to the final session by just 0.008 seconds. His time was good enough to give him 10th place on the grid and a start immediately behind his team-mate.
Sunday's two 18-lap races look to be an exciting affair with both FIXI Crescent Suzuki riders determined to perform well in front of the team's home crowd and the many sponsors, partners and guests that will be joining them at Silverstone. The first race is scheduled to get underway at 12.00hrs local time, with race two ready for the off at 15.30hrs.
"I'm really upset by what happened in Superpole, but it is what it is and we have to accept it. We have been second or third in every session so far this weekend and I was third in Superpole 3, which I thought was good enough, but typically with how our luck seems to go, it sort of half dribbled at the wrong time and my time didn't count. The few spots of rain didn't affect us as we had already done the lap-time, but even when I was on my lap it wasn't enough to slow me down, but they decided to stop it and end the session anyway - which was really frustrating. In the wet Superpole I went out on race-tyres and instantly went fast because it wasn't wet and I set the third fastest time, which again I thought would be good enough because it did start to rain a bit more, but again it proved that it wasn't. We went out at the end and I tried the kerbs to see if there was enough grip, but there wasn't and I had a bit of a moment so I backed off, but everyone else went quicker and that was the end of it. We have improved this weekend though and the bike is working really well, we still need to find a bit of consistency on race tyres, but I am sure we can be challenging tomorrow; they are long races and anything can happen."
"I was happy with the feeling in Superpole, because we have improved the bike and I had a good feeling with the race-tyre. I put in a qualifier for the first Superpole, the bike was great and I could do a really good lap-time. In Superpole 2 I started with another race-tyre and did a better time and the feeling was still improving, so this is good for the race. With the second qualifier I expected to improve, but I had a strange sensation from the front and I nearly crashed, so I didn't have the best feeling and I made a big mistake in the last sector, so this cost me a place in Superpole 3. I am disappointed about this, but happy with the way the weekend has gone because I am here to improve on every exit and I have done that and now tomorrow I think we can make a good race."
Paul Denning -Team Manager:
"In terms of outright performance, it's been another positive day at Silverstone for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team. Leon was quickest in final qualifying this morning, third in free practice and looked to have qualified third in Superpole when the weather and some bad luck intervened. I don't really have too much to say about that, other than I hope it doesn't compromise the race tomorrow, but starting from seventh isn't a complete disaster and we're looking forward to Leon translating the pace he's had all weekend into two very good results tomorrow.
"Jules has found more confidence today and Les - his Crew Chief - has worked patiently to improve the GSX-R. He only missed the final nine in Superpole by just eight-thousandths-of-a-second and improved his race pace. He's enjoying riding the bike now, which is a big part of any riders' performance, so we hope he can show his racing spirit tomorrow and make us proud."
Silverstone second row for van der Mark
Dutch rider Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s ninth-round World Supersport championship race from the second row of the grid after setting the sixth-fastest time in this afternoon’s second and final qualifying session at Silverstone in the UK.
Fresh from winning last Sunday’s Suzuka 8-hours race in Japan, the 20-year-old was able to adjust back to his Pata Honda CBR600RR to lap the 5.902km Silverstone circuit in a time of 2m08.939s.
His Pata Honda team-mate, Lorenzo Zanetti, battled through the pain of injuries sustained in a 255kph crash at Moscow two weeks ago to record the 14th fastest time. The 26-year-old hopes to battle further for a top ten position in tomorrow’s 16-lap race at Silverstone.
Michael van der Mark – P6 2m08.939s
Today we made some big improvements, especially in the earlier free practice session, and we were able to improve the lap time. I also had a much better feeling for the bike. At the start of qualifying this afternoon we went OK but found another big step at the end, improving the lap-time and the feeling some more. I’m quite happy with our grid position – the times are quite close but my lap times are really consistent so I hope we can fight for a good position at the front.
Lorenzo Zanetti – P14 2m09.565s
I’m quite tired now! After two days of riding, the pain has really started to arrive! But I have been able to improve in each session and I’m quite happy because, before this session this afternoon, I was not sure I would be able to race tomorrow. Now I want to race and maybe it’s possible to fight for the top ten. I’m still fifth in the championship and not far from third, so if I can take some good points tomorrow that would be good. I hope the adrenalin will help because I want to race first for me and second for Andrea Antonelli.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
Lorenzo has done a very good job here considering he is not fit and in a lot of pain. Although he has finished 14th, the times are quite competitive. I think he can take something for the pain tomorrow to see how he feels. I hope he can fight for some points for tomorrow before a well-deserved break. Michael is on the second row and managed to improve his time in the last few minutes of qualifying. We have improved the bike but I think he can be in the group fighting for the last podium place.
Third Row For Kennedy And Rivamoto Honda At Silverstone
Jack Kennedy left it until his penultimate lap to secure 8th position and a 3rd row start for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Silverstone.
Kennedy has once again quietly been going about his business using the sessions to maximise race set up using the only tyre that is working for both qualifying and race set-up on the Rivamoto Honda.
Jumping immediately from 17th to 6th, Jack then found himself in a group of riders and was unable to improve further in the session and just slipped onto the third row as some in the group improved.
That said, the whole team are in great spirits with Edik Blokhin also improving his lap times considerably, and with a great weather forecast for Sunday, Rivamoto are looking forward to battling hard at the front of what promises to a nail biting race.
Jack Kennedy – 8th on the grid: “We went the right way with set up but we still need that extra little bit. I’m struggling like everyone else for grip but I’m happy with the consistent run at the end. We know which tyre we are going to race on which gives us some confidence for tomorrow. I would have been happy with the second row so am a bit deflated to see 8th on the board when I came in. Another great effort by the team and I gave it my all.”
Jeremy McWilliams – Team Manager: “We are all obviously happy with the lap times, it’s so close. Jack has gone faster than he ever has done at this track before. We just missed row 2 at the end, but our consistency is encouraging. For some reason all the Honda riders are struggling a little today, we have been the fastest Honda all day until the dying seconds which gives us hope that we have a consistent race pace. We have been limited with the selection of tyres that work with our bike here, so the strategy was to do lots of laps on our race tyre. We have only used part of our tyre allocation during the weekend and Jack has given himself the best chance to equal or better his best result. Edik also improved by quite a lot so its good to see both our riders doing well. I’d like to say well done to the british riders too, they’re all flying.”
Silverstone: Iddon on the top in qualifying, good for Rolfo
Silverstone, Saturday 3rd August 2013
Positive day for ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse, on the second day of the Supersport qualifying, with the MV F3 675 of Christian Iddon (home rider and winner here last year in the British Supersport Championship) and Roberto Rolfo.
Both very fast since this morning (free practice: Rolfo 8th and Iddon 17th, have battled with the best and fastest in qualifying thanks to the good set up they found for their MV’s.
The grid will see then the excellent result of Christian Iddon (starting from 3rd position) and the positive performance of Roberto Rolfo (12th position).
I am very happy of the qualifying; I have had a few problems with the grip but we have solved them trying a few different things. For tomorrow, finally we start from a good position.
Our pace should allow me to do a good race. I am quite satisfied as well of the decisions I made. I got my best time right on the last lap not knowing if I was in time to complete it, but it went good!
The position is not too bad. I found quite a bit of traffic and I haven’t been able to get the best out of me. The bike is really good and I am confident I can do a good race. We are used to do aggressive races but this time is different. The feeling is great and I know we can do a good result without such an effort.
Baldolini Confident Of Strong Silverstone Race
After an impressive 5th position on the grid in Moscow, Suriano Suzuki’s Alex Baldolini was once again close to the top in final qualifying for the 9th round of the World Supersport championship, grabbing 16th position on the grid, less than one second from the fourth fastest time.
The Suzuki continues to improve and Alex is confident of a strong race performance tomorrow.
Alex Baldolini – Suriano Suzuki Team: “16th is not as bad as it seems but I was hoping for a higher starting position. The times are all really close and I just needed a bit more luck to get that ‘lucky’ lap. Tomorrow will be a nice fight, we have made some changes for the warm up to try to improve some more. I can only say that it will be ‘full gas’ in the race.”
The 16 lap race is scheduled to start at 1330 local time.
Davies To Battle Hard In Tomorrow's WSS Race At Silverstone After Crash In Qualifying
Aussie Matt Davies is thinking ‘what might have been’ after a low speed crash in final qualifying prevented him from challenging for a top 20 qualifying position ahead of the 9th round of the World Supersport championship at Silverstone tomorrow.
The PTR Honda rider was in confident mood as the final session began only to return to the garage mid-session after losing the front end of his machine.
The crash means Matt will have a hard fight ahead of him tomorrow, starting from the 11th row in 33rd position overall.
PTR riders improve lap times in final qualifying
PTR HONDA'S riders all improved their lap times in final qualifying for tomorrow's ninth round of the World Supersport Championship at Silverstone in the UK, with Luca Marconi slashing more than 2seconds from his best yesterday.
Marconi, returning from injury, is in good form and improving with every session, taking 17th on the grid. Marconi said: "I had a crash today pushing my limits and how my arm feels. I am getting faster and like the circuit. The aim is to get a good points scoring finish."
Sheridan Morais had a tough day, improving his lap times slightly but dropping from fourth to 15th on the grid after a crash meant he couldn't go out at the end of the session.
David Linortner and Nacho Calero both took more than a second from their lap times. Matt Davies crashed very early in the session with too much damage to repair. The race takes place tomorrow at 1330GMT.
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager, said: "Sheridan made some changes to his bike from yesterday but did not achieve the expected improvement. Whilst we felt there was an improvement we were not as competitive today and will have to consider our race set up carefully.
"Coming back from injury Luca has shown a massive improvement. Despite a crash when pushing hard at the end, it is the most competitive he has been all season and we are encouraged by his determination and performance.
"Linortner improved, as did Nacho, but they need to find a lot more from themselves. Matt made a mistake and crashed early on and we couldn't get him out in time for the rest of the session."
SBK Stk600 - San Carlo Team Italia wins in Silverstone with Nocco while Morbidelli takes the championship lead
A hard-fought race ended early because of red flags, Race 2 will be tomorrow
After Imola, Nocco stepped once again on the top of the podium in the first of two races in Silverstone. Morbidelli, fourth in Race 1, is the new championship leader.
After confirming the pole position during Q2 and re-writing once again the lap record, Nocco won a hard race against a group of fierce opponents.
After taking the lead with his teammate Morbidelli and trading positions with him and Gamarino, Nocco took the lead back on lap 6 and kept it until the race was red-flagged after a contact between Chesaux and Duwelz that saw the latter crash out without serious injuries.
Nocco thus took his second consecutive win and the best lap during the race (2'11.542).
Morbidelli took fourth place and, due to Duwelz's crash, became the new championship leader with, three points ahead of the Belgian.
Tomorrow at 17.40 italian time the second race will take place.
Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki ZX-6R#81) 1°, 13'14"549
"I was fired up but calm as the bike worked well since the first day. Franco made a better start, and I tried not to take many risks. After getting back on top I had to fend off a really competitive Gamarino. It's a shame the red flags were shown, as we could have fought for two more spectacular laps. I want to thank the team, my family and the sponsors for giving me such a great opportunity."
Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki ZX-6R#12) 4°, +2"492
"I started strong but struggled almost immediately with the lines and couldn't cut the gap with the three guys ahead of me. It's been a good result for the championship and I'm happy Duwelz was not injured so that we can keep fighting until the end. Now I'll work on the bike to solve a few issues and be faster tomorrow."
Cristiano Migliorati (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We got a Grand Slam taking pole position, fastest lap, circuit record and a victory. Hats off to Nocco. Morbidelli had some issues and brought home a solid result. The bike is fast and we have to focus on tomorrow's race. We're happy for today's win and glad Duwelz is OK. We hope tomorrow both our riders can fight for the victory.
Lap Times Tumble As Raymond Adds Silverstone EJC Pole Position To His 2013 Collection
The official qualifying session for the PATA European Junior Cup powered by Honda took place in thankfully dry and sunny conditions earlier this afternoon with Frenchman Guillaume Raymond, who currently leads the series by 4 points, notching up another Pole Position to his already impressive tally.
The session was as always nail biting with the top spot changing a number of times throughout. Firstly Javier Orellana (Spain), then Italian Kevin Manfredi posted circuit best laps before Raymond responded.
The top 9 riders are covered by less than a second and with dry weather forecasted for race time tomorrow, we can expect an intense battle at the front for the overall victory.
Manfredi clung on for second position just ahead of Orellana who claimed his first front row start of the year.
Row two is headed by Estonian Hannes Soomer, yesterday’s fastest rider James Flitcroft (Great Britain) and Spain’s Illan Fernandez.
Robin Anne (France) and Jake Lewis (New Zealand) improved late in the session to secure 7th and 8th places respectively while Michael Canducci who has been a consistent front runner all year rounding out row 3.
Others to note are Josh Harland who was 12th, Stefan Hill who was 17th, wildcard Fraser Rogers (18th), Blayes Heaven (31st) and Carl Stevens, who is also making a wildcard appearance and looking to impress the home crowd in 32nd.
The 7 lap EJC race is scheduled to start at 1435 local time.
Jake Lewis Will Start From 8th In EJC Race At Silverstone
Kiwi Jake Lewis will start tomorrow’s 7 lap PATA European Junior Cup race from the 3rd row in 8th position after today’s official qualifying session saw the top 14 riders covered by a little more than a second.
There were nervous moments before the session, as everyone was hoping that small technical problem which happened yesterday was fixed, allowing Jake to challenge for a top grid placing.
With so many riders looking for a ‘tow’, Jake found himself with a group of riders going slower than him, which halted any chance of moving higher.
He is prepared for a tough fight tomorrow in what many are expecting to be the highlight of the race programme if the previous intense results are anything to go by.