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Silverstone is a fast, flat track with only one slow corner worth writing home about. The fact it’s at the top of a hill, like most airfield tracks, means that the weather can change fairly quickly and the size of the track means that each end can have its own weather. Couple this with the ripples and bumps caused by the formula one and other cars pushing the tarmac into the corners under braking and you have a unique track. What was forecast earlier in the week, a dry Sunday, was thrown away when bikes hit tarmac and the weather did its thing.
The weather at Silverstone once again was damp and cold.
Eugene Laverty led the race into the first few corners, ahead of Loris Baz, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies but Baz didn’t take long to snatch the lead only to lose it back to Laverty. Baz wasted no time getting it back again as the front four started to break away. On the second lap, Sylvain Guintoli broke the lap record on his way to bridge the gap from the second group to the first while Tom Sykes took second place.
World Supersport at Silverstone was raced over sixteen laps under a grey sky with marshals keeping their rain flags handy.
Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu charged towards the white flags and Sofuoglu wasted no time in passing Lowes as the two left the rest of the field behind. Florian Marino led Christian Iddon, Kev Coghlan, Michael Van Der Mark and Riccardo Russo, fighting for third.
Silverstone weather wasn’t as clear as was hoped, with the earlier Superstock race cut short by a lap for the rain. The start was delayed in an attempt to let the track conditions to clear up, but they eventually, twenty minutes later than advertised, had to race.
The FIM rulebook was once again brought in to deal with the weather that hit Superpole. Wet sessions are easy and dry sessions are easy. Superpoles where the weather changes between sessions are easy. What happened today was that rain arrived in the middle of Superpole 3 and that’s where section 1.16.3 “Specific weather conditions during Superpole” comes into play.
The weather held off from disrupting the World Supersport qualifying and allowed the lap record to tumble.
Sam Lowes broke the lap record setting pole position ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu. Even Lowes crashing, uninjured, at the end of the session couldn’t keep him from the top step. Christian Iddon and Kev Coghlan also put in a good showing in front of their home crowd and earned themselves good starting positions ahead of Florian Marino and Michael Van Der Mark.
Superpole at Silverstone started dry and bright but, with a few clouds in the sky, it looked like it would be a race against the weather. What it was was one of the most unusual Superpole sessions we have been witness to.
Eugene Laverty recorded the first, and so far the only, 2'04 lap of the weekend, throwing down the gauntlet in search of his first pole position in World Superbike. Tom Sykes, Leon Camier and Sylvain Guintoli were all around half a second off Laverty's time.
Sam Lowes ended the free practice session fastest while Kenan Sofuoglu failed to go faster than his best time from yesterday. This is the first session of the weekend where Lowes has been faster than Sofuoglu, but if weather slows the second qualifying session down, Sofuoglu is still sitting in provisional pole. Florian Marino was able to record a couple of laps at the pace of his fastest, while Jack Kennedy and Michael Van Der Mark only registered a single 2'09 each. Lowes and Sofuoglu had ten and eleven laps under the 2'10 mark respectively, to put that into perspective.
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.
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.
Tom Sykes and Leon Camier once again post the quickest times, with Davide Giugliano keeping the Aprilia near the top. The Hondas of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam also put in good times. Sykes, eight tenths clear of Camier, is still over a second off the qualifying record, but is within a tenth of a second of Cal Crutchlow's race lap record.