2011 Silverstone World Superbike FP1 Result: Hopkins Capitalizes On Wildcard To Lead First Session

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 211 J. HOPKINS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.667  
2 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.888 0.221
3 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'06.968 0.301
4 52 J. TOSELAND BMW S1000 RR 2'06.986 0.319
5 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'07.013 0.346
6 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'07.064 0.397
7 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'07.100 0.433
8 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'07.126 0.459
9 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.188 0.521
10 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'07.508 0.841
11 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'07.547 0.880
12 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.586 0.919
13 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'07.687 1.020
14 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'07.752 1.085
15 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.787 1.120
16 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'07.960 1.293
17 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'08.073 1.406
18 10 J. KIRKHAM Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'08.100 1.433
19 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'08.247 1.580
20 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.448 1.781
21 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.105 2.438
22 32 F. LAI Honda CBR1000RR 2'09.418 2.751

 

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Comments

It would be great to see both of these guys healthy and back to form...this is certainly a good sign. I hope Toseland's wrist holds up to the strain for the whole weekend...not sure his bike is quite ready to challenge for podiums yet, though.