Silverstone Superbike: Friday Report

Silverstone World SBK Friday

For the first time since 2007, the Silverstone Circuit is on the 2010 World Superbike Championship, but things didn’t start off very smoothly during Friday morning’s Parkingo Series Free Practice 1 and Qualifying 1.

There was a delay in getting the SBK riders on UK Northamptonshire circuit due to a loose section of turn on the run-off area outside Pits Straight. Track officials replaced the loose turf with Astroturf.

Once the riders got on the track for FP1, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea was quickest, posting a 2:06.927. The Northern Ireleand native was followed by Britons James Toseland (Sterilgarda Yamaha YZF-R1), Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000) and Cal Crutchlow (Sterilgarda Yamaha).

BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Troy Corser was fifth fastest. The rider of the BMW S1000RR is returning from injury after a WSBK qualifying crash at the last round in Brno.

The Championship leader, Aprilia RSV4 Factory rider Max Biaggi, was 18th fastest, posting a 2:09.287.

Things changed by the end of the Qualifying 1 session, as Crutchlow posted a 2:05.664, over a full second faster than Rea’s time on the CBR1000RR. Rea followed, then Corser, Aprilia Alitalia rider Leon Camier and Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio, placing five different manufacturers up top.

Biaggi was seventh fastest, posting a 2:06.315.

Silverstone hosts Round 10 of the 2010 World Superbike Championship, and has undergone some major restructuring during recent months. The layout is much different than when racers last raced there in 2007.

Silverstone Superbike – Friday Free Practice 1 Results:

1. 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2’06.927

2. 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2’07.104

3. 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2’07.542

4. 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 2’07.645

5. 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2’07.689

6. 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 2’07.928

7. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 2’08.018

8. 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’08.119

9. 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’08.259

10. 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 2’08.314

11. 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2’08.327

12. 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’08.379

13. 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2’08.587

14. 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 2’08.606

15. 25 Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 2’09.060

16. 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 2’09.250

17. 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2’09.279

18. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2’09.287

19. 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 2’09.585

20. 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 2’09.649

21. 8 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 2’10.069

22. 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’10.755

23. 46 Bridewell T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2’11.232

24. 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’12.725

25. 87 Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’13.765

Silverstone Superbike – Friday Qualifying 1 Results:

1. Cal Crutchlow 2’05.664 (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team)

2. Jonathan Rea 2’06.006 (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda)

3. Troy Corser 2’06.052 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

4. Leon Camier 2’06.064 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing)

5. Michel Fabrizio 2’06.088 (Ducati Xerox Team)

6. James Toseland 2’06.238 (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team)

7. Max Biaggi 2’06.315 (Aprilia Alitalia Racing)

8. Leon Haslam 2’06.464 (Team Suzuki Alstare)

9. Carlos Checa 2’06.475 (Althea Racing)

10. Tom Sykes 2’06.596 (Kawasaki Racing Team)

11. Lorenzo Lanzi 2’06.699 (DFX Corse)

12. Noriyuki Haga 2’06.803 (Ducati Xerox Team)

13. Shane Byrne 2’06.952 (Althea Racing)

14. Jakub Smrz(Team PATA B&G Racing) 2’06.988

15. Luca Scassa 2’07.042 (Supersonic Racing Team)

16. Ruben Xaus 2’07.101 (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

17. Sylvain Guintoli 2’07.107 (Team Suzuki Alstare)

18. Max Neukirchner 2’07.325 (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda)

19. Broc Parkes 2’07.548 (ECHO CRS Honda)

20. Roger Lee Hayden 2’07.677 (Team Pedercini)

21. Joshua Brookes 2’07.798 (HM Plant Honda)

22. Ryuichi Kiyonari 2’09.165 (HM Plant Honda)

23. Matteo Baiocco 2’10.431 (Team Pedercini)

24. Thomas Bridewell 2’11.057 (TYCO Racing)

25. Akira Yanagawa 2’11.230 (Kawasaki Racing Team)

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