While the news cycle focusses on MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow’s signing with Ducati, riders at the World Superbike round at Silverstone are reminded of him through his 2010 lap record on the Yamaha R1.
An overcast morning gave way to a sunny afternoon, but last year, the rain shaped both races and gave Loris Baz a weekend to remember, while his teammate Tom Sykes struggled to make the best of a bad lot. At the tail end of a glorious English summer, the weather is once again going to be unpredictable, but, unfortunately for Baz, the rain is threatening for Saturday, not Sunday. Sykes needs this weekend to regain the championship lead from Sylvain Guintoli.
Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli faces another race weekend with his shoulder injury, and will be hoping Sykes suffers from similar mechanical trouble that ended his race in Moscow to retain his lead in the championship. Davide Giugliano once again provisionally out-qualified Guintoli and his teammate Eugene Laverty on an inferior RSV4. Laverty will need to discover a solution with the drive out of corners that he’s complaining about to save the factory from further embarrassment at the hands of the Italian.
Leon Haslam, fresh from his win at the Suzuka 8 Hours, and his teammate Jonathan Rea, whose Suzuka was less successful, both qualified well today, putting their PATA Hondas in the top five, readjusting well from their substantially different Japanese-prepared Honda Fireblades. With both riders doing well, they will be able to help each other at a track both of them are fond of.
Leon Camier finally has a good day. While he’s provisionally qualifying second to Sykes, this is the same issue everyone has had all year. Ending the day right next to Sykes’s Ninja is a worthy result most riders would be happy with and Camier is no exception.
Sam Lowes, in front of his home crowd once more, had to give best to Kenan Sofuoglu, and the pair of them were, as they have been all season, the only riders in contention for provisional pole. While Michael Van Der Mark is on a high from his victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours, he is still twelve points behind Fabien Foret and lapping at similar speeds. While Lowes and Sofuoglu are fighting for the title, Fored and Van Der Mark are fighting for third place and at the moment, Foret has the upper hand while Van Der Mark has the momentum.