Motorcycle Racing News Silverstone SBK: Biaggi Finds Track Rough

Silverstone SBK: Biaggi Finds Track Rough

Silverstone Superpole

The World Superbike Superpole qualifying session was run on a dry racetrack at Silverstone in spite of threatening clouds that hover in the unpredictable English sky.

The current points leader of the World SBK rider rankings, Max Biaggi, was a key player in a truly heated session which saw him enter the top eight with only three tenths gap behind second place.

In the battle of the top eight Max recorded a time of 2’05.682 to move him into sixth during a very decisive final lap. Biaggi stated that he was finding some rough spots on the track that were unsetting the motorcycle. Cal Crutchlow again finished 1st in Superpole on his Yamaha R1 with a time of 2:04.091. Jonathan Rea finished second on his Honda CBR1000RR with a time of 2:04.763.

Michel Fabrizio finished third while Jakub Smrz on his new Aprilia RSV4 finished and an impressive fourth with a time of 2:05.1685 ahead of both Aprilia Facotry riders.

Leon Haslam, one of the hometown brits and title antagonist, also finished in front of Biaggi with a time of 2:05.595.

Biaggi’s teammate Leon Camier was even more unfortunate, looking quite fast during the practice rounds, but ended his day in left in the second pole session (sixteenth, 2’06’064) after having his best time deleted for letting his rear wheel go outside of the regulation area.

Max Biaggi (In Sixth) says: "We still have some problems, especially in the section where the asphalt is the roughest. Lap performance is in fact conditioned by these difficulties, but tomorrow over the long distance the dynamics could change."

"We expect two hard races, hoping that the weather gives us a hand although anything is to be expected here in England. The home riders are doing very well – we are still lacking something in order to be quick. I hope that my team can put me into some better conditions tomorrow."

Leon Camier says: "The deleted time was only the last problem since I was never able to close out a clean lap due to the traffic on the track. It’s a shame when you think about what we demonstrated during all of the sessions. Honestly I didn’t expect to start on the fourth row. Anyway, I like Silverstone, we’ve done a good job, so I’m looking ahead and thinking about the two races tomorrow. It will be hard work!"

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 DOT Certified Helmet Performance Testing Update

We provide some deep insight into the latest 2021 DOT Certified Motorcycle Helmet performance testing, from failure rate to suggestions for regulators.

2021 Benelli TRK502 Review (15 Fast Facts for Sport-Touring)

Last month we tested the 2021 Benelli TRK502X adventure motorcycle and came away impressed. At first glance, the standard TRK502 doesn’t seem that much...

2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide First Look (6 Fast Facts)

The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide is here, and it’s louder and sleeker than ever—plus it has some wild new wheels. Here’s what’s new...

2021 Houston 3 Fantasy Supercross Tips (11 Fast Facts)

The 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series is off to a mind-boggling start. The playing field is so level that the bubble is right...

2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 First Look (6 Fast Facts)

When the Softail Standard was released last year and functionally the same motorcycle as the Street Bob, we knew something had to be afoot...

2021 Harley-Davidson Road King Special First Look: Hot Rod Bagger

The 2021 Harley-Davidson Road King Special is a Touring model that The Motor Company puts in a sub-category—Hot Rod Bagger. To earn that title,...