2012 Silverstone WSBK QP1: Sykes Masters Drying Track Ahead Of Checa

The sun came out at Silverstone and started drying the track. As most riders rushed out to check the conditions, Tom Sykes held back a few minutes before taking to the track and taking control of the session. Carlos Checa set early fast times on his Althea Ducati, along with the Effenbert Liberty Ducatis of Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger. PATA Ducati's fresh signing, Sylvain Guintoli, joined them at the top, showing that, unless you're Sykes, the Ducati is the bike to have in these conditions, at this track.

As the session progressed, the track got drier and drier and the laptimes came down, especially with riders knowing that a poor showing today could exclude them from Superpole tomorrow if the weather turns. Guintoli, with a point to prove, pushed harder and pulled a third place out of the bag, ahead of all his old Effenbert team-mates, behind only Sykes and Checa. Leon Camier, at a track he knows well, posted provisional fourth and World Supersport champion Chaz Davies matched the 5th position he told Motomatters.com he was good enough for.

Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano were the big names who qualified outside 16th place that could get caught out if tomorrow's qualifying is inclement.

Results:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'06.115  
2 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 2'06.148 0.033
3 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 2'06.576 0.461
4 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.617 0.502
5 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.684 0.569
6 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 2'06.795 0.680
7 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.851 0.736
8 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 2'06.869 0.754
9 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 2'06.967 0.852
10 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'07.007 0.892
11 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 2'07.089 0.974
12 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 2'07.244 1.129
13 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 2'07.401 1.286
14 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 2'07.404 1.289
15 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.499 1.384
16 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 2'07.658 1.543
17 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'07.723 1.608
18 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.740 1.625
19 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 2'07.810 1.695
20 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.996 1.881
21 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'09.438 3.323
22 20 JOHNSON D Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.043 3.928
23 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 2'11.645 5.530
24 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 2'13.730 7.615
           

 

Round Number: 
10
2012
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