Hopkins Takes Silverstone Superbike Q2

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2011 World Superbike

Although Carlos Checa topped the Friday time sheets at Silverstone, the American John Hopkins posted the quickest time in the second qualifying session (Q2) ahead of Superpole Saturday for Round 9 of the 2011 World Superbike Championship.

The Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider, who was also quickest in FP1 on Thursday, posted a 2:05.058. This lap was just under four-tenths of a second faster than Checa’s fastest Friday time aboard the Althea Racing Ducati 1198R (posted in Q1).

Checa wasn’t far behind, though, the Spaniard trailing Hopkins by 0.45 of a second. Taking the provisional front row after the second qualifying practice were two more Ducati machines – Effenbert-Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli and Supersonic Racing’s Maxime Berger.

Although he started slowly in the Friday sessions for Silverstone Superbike, Yamaha World Superbike’s Marco Melandri posted the fifth quickest time at 2:05.587.

As for the reigning Superbike Champion, Alitalia’s Max Biaggi, the Italian struggled, placing him in 15th place.

The following World SBK pilots did not make Superpole: Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), Alex Lowes and Fabrizio Lai (Castrol Honda) and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team).

2011 World Superbike: Silverstone Qualifying 2 Results:
1. J. Hopkins (Suzuki), 2’05.058
2. C. Checa (Ducati), 2’05.103
3. S. Guintoli (Ducati), 2’05.408
4. M. Berger (Ducati), 2’05.520
5. M. Melandri (Yamaha), 2’05.587
6. L. Camier (Aprilia), 2’05.594
7. M. Fabrizio (Suzuki), 2’05.597
8. L. Haslam (BMW), 2’05.640
9. N. Haga (Aprilia), 2’05.727
10. E. Laverty (BMW), 2’05.87