2013 Silverstone World Superbike QP2 Results: Camier Fastest But Sykes Still Top

Tom Sykes, having crashed at the end of yesterday's qualifying session, spent most of the morming getting his new bike set up and was unable to improve on his time from the first timed session. Leon Camier was the fastest man of the morning, getting to within three hundredths of the provisional pole, but it wasn't enough to topple Sykes from the top spot. Sylvain Guintoli, carrying his shoulder injury, was third quickest, but put in the most 2'05 laps of the field, with his teammate Eugene Laverty closest to matching his pace. 

The top fifteen head off to Superpole, with only the three slowest riders missing out. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.355   169,496
2 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'05.383 0.028 169,458
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.569 0.214 169,207
4 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.592 0.237 169,176
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'05.750 0.395 168,964
6 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 2'05.775 0.420 168,930
7 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.983 0.628 168,651
8 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'06.015 0.660 168,608
9 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'06.036 0.681 168,580
10 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 2'06.057 0.702 168,552
11 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 2'06.283 0.928 168,251
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.344 0.989 168,169
13 84 M. FABRIZIO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'06.471 1.116 168,001
14 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'06.735 1.380 167,651
15 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2'06.843 1.488 167,508
16 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'07.743 2.388 166,328
17 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.106 2.751 165,856
18 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 2'09.543 4.188 164,017


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While Leon Camier is consistently fast on his Suzuki this weekend so far, the BMW's already seem to be suffering from the reduced commitment of the Bavarian factory. It reminds me a bit of the Triumph effort in Supersport; when they were finally in a position where they could win the title, they pulled out. Corporate ways are difficult to understand sometimes.

The woe continues for the Bologna factory. In 2010 Carlos Checa - riding the steel tube-framed 1198RS - recorded a best lap of 2m 05.482s in Free Practice 2 at Silverstone. , then ran a 2m 05.244s Superpo9le 1 lap (4th fastest), clocked 2m 05.035s in Superpole 2 - which was not fastest enough to get him to Superpole 3.

In Race 1, Checa's best lap in 2010 was 2m 06.031s on his way to seventh place and 2m 06.082s on his way to tenth place in race 2.

In 2011 Checa was fastest in QP1 at 2m 05.477s, second fastest (behind John Hopkins' GSX-R1000) in QP2 at 2m 05.103s, then clocked 2m 05.455s in FP2 (fastest), 2m 05.007s in SP1 (3rd fastest), 2m 04.472s in SP2 (fastest) and 2m 04.362s in SP3 (4th). He then went on to win BOTH RACES, with a fastest race lap of 2m 05.671s in race two.

That QP2 lap in 2011 was faster than what Sykes has done this year, so it seems obvious Ducati made a major mistake not re-homologating the 1198 LAST year so Checa could have continued to race that this year until the Panigale was sorted.

That 2007 1198R sure was some bike!

Bring back the steel tube-frame!

In 2007 Ducati still raced the 999R in the Superbike World Championship. Indeed to take a year to develop the 1098R (which was in fact an 1198).