2011 Silverstone World Superbike QP2 Result: Hopkins Edges Checa For Provisional Pole

John Hopkins' impressive wildcard entry at Silverstone continues. The Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider put in a final fast lap to edge current championship leader Carlos Checa from the provisional pole during the second qualifying session on Saturday morning, despite both Hopkins and Checa getting under Cal Crutchlow's race lap record from last year. Sitting in 2nd, Checa leads a trio of Ducatis: behind the Althea bike of the Spaniard is the Effenbert Liberty Ducati of Sylvain Guintoli and the Supersonic Ducati of Maxime Berger.

Marco Melandri's squad found a big improvement overnight, suddenly putting the factory Yamaha rider back into contention, Melandri moving up to 5th fastest and half a second off the pace of Hopkins, and just ahead of Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio and BMW's Leon Haslam. The other championship contender, Max Biaggi, fared much less well, only managing the 16th fastest time during QP2, leaving him 15th on the provisional grid. But Biaggi is still within a second of Hopkins' time, and so there is still hope for his final grid position, to be set in Superpole this afternoon.

Combined results from QP1 and QP2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 211 J. HOPKINS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.058  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'05.103 0.045
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'05.408 0.350
4 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'05.520 0.462
5 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'05.587 0.529
6 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.594 0.536
7 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.597 0.539
8 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'05.640 0.582
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.727 0.669
10 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'05.876 0.818
11 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.899 0.841
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.925 0.867
13 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'05.948 0.890
14 52 J. TOSELAND BMW S1000 RR 2'05.980 0.922
15 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.044 0.986
16 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'06.076 1.018
17 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'06.304 1.246
18 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.524 1.466
19 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.787 1.729
20 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.895 1.837
21 32 F. LAI Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.482 2.424
22 10 J. KIRKHAM Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'07.889 2.831

 

Results of QP2 only:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 211 J. HOPKINS Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.058    
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 2'05.103 0.045 0.045
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 2'05.408 0.350 0.305
4 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 2'05.520 0.462 0.112
5 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2'05.587 0.529 0.067
6 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.594 0.536 0.007
7 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.597 0.539 0.003
8 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 2'05.640 0.582 0.043
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.727 0.669 0.087
10 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 2'05.876 0.818 0.149
11 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.925 0.867 0.049
12 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 2'05.948 0.890 0.023
13 52 J. TOSELAND BMW S1000 RR 2'05.980 0.922 0.032
14 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.985 0.927 0.005
15 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 2'06.076 1.018 0.091
16 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.211 1.153 0.135
17 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 2'06.304 1.246 0.093
18 22 A. LOWES Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.524 1.466 0.220
19 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.787 1.729 0.263
20 44 R. ROLFO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.895 1.837 0.108
21 32 F. LAI Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.482 2.424 0.587
22 10 J. KIRKHAM Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'09.159 4.101 1.677

 

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Comments

I hope he can play the complicated superpole game.

Good to see Berger up there... is he still using the same brand of wheels?