2011 Silverstone World Superbike QP1 Result: Checa Takes Provisional Pole

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'05.477  
2 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'05.870 0.393
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.899 0.422
4 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.937 0.460
5 211 J. HOPKINS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.974 0.497
6 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.023 0.546
7 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'06.029 0.552
8 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'06.037 0.560
9 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.044 0.567
10 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'06.116 0.639
11 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'06.176 0.699
12 52 J. TOSELAND BMW S1000 RR 2'06.316 0.839
13 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'06.647 1.170
14 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'06.697 1.220
15 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.740 1.263
16 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.752 1.275
17 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.762 1.285
18 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'06.890 1.413
19 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.952 1.475
20 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.245 1.768
21 32 F. LAI Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.661 2.184
22 10 J. KIRKHAM Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'07.889 2.412

 

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