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Paddock pays tribute to Antonelli, Laverty wins Tissot-Superpole

Silverstone (Great Britain), Saturday 3 August 2013 - An emotional and moving tribute to Andrea Antonelli gathered the entire WSBK paddock on the starting line at Silverstone, together with his Team, Goeleven Kawasaki, Andrea’s bike #8 and the Moscow Raceway Supersport race winner trophy, which was given in his memory. Following this special moment, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders went on track for the ninth Tissot-Superpole of the season. (read more)
Eugene Laverty: “I have been waiting for my first Tissot-Superpole for so long. After so many front row starts it was about time! I’m quite pleased. I’m sure we were also a bit lucky, but that’s the way it goes. In the two sessions today we showed in any case that we have a really good race pace in the dry, so tomorrow we should be able to ride two great races.”

Jonathan Rea:I almost lucked into that, which wouldn’t have been nice, so it was really cool to go out at the end with some dry track so everyone could put in a lap-time. I actually only went out to practice a start but I saw how dry it was out there and thought I’d give it another go. I’m quite happy to be on the front row because it’s good for the team and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s two long races. It’s also the last race that my wife Tatia can attend before our baby is due to be born so I hope we can put on a good show!”

Tissot-Superpole times: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 2’04.730 average 170.346 kph; 2. Checa (Ducati) 2’04.949; 3. Rea (Honda) 2’05.078; 4. Baz (Kawasaki) 2’05.105; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2’05.949; 6. Davies (BMW) 2’06.369; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 2’06.775; 8. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2’04.358; 9. Giugliano (Aprilia); 10. Cluzel (Suzuki); 11. Neukirchner (Ducati); 12. Haslam (Honda); 13. Badovini (Ducati); 14. Fabrizio (Aprilia); 15. Melandri (BMW).

World Supersport - Sam Lowes on pole despite crash

Championship leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) is the pole-sitter for tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Silverstone. The young British rider put in an impressive new best lap in 2’07.666 seconds with two minutes left in the second qualifying session, before crashing out of Turn 7 while trying to further improve his time. Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) will… (read more)

Times: 1. Lowes (Yamaha) 2’07.666 average 166.428 kph; 2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’08.003; 3. Iddon (MV Agusta) 2’08.363; 4. Coghlan (Kawasaki) 2’08.505; 5. Marino (Kawasaki) 2’08.908; 6. Vd Mark (Honda) 2’08.939; 7. Foret (Kawasaki) 2’08.946; 8. Kennedy (Honda) 2’08.994; 9. Salom (Kawasaki) 2’09.074; 10. Quarmby (Honda) 2’09.214; etc.

Superstock 1000

Reigning Champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) will start tomorrow’s two FIM Superstock 1000 Cup races at Silverstone from pole position, as the Frenchman topped the timesheets in Qualifying 2 courtesy of a 2’07.833 seconds lap-time, shattering the previous record held by Danilo Petrucci (2011). This was the 13th pole position by the Oyonnax-born rider. Barni Racing Ducati… (read more)

Times: 1. Barrier (BMW) 2’07.833 average 166.211 kph; 2. Canepa (Ducati) 2’08.733; 3. La Marra (Ducati) 2’08.779; 4. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2’08.886; 5. Savadori (Kawasaki) 2’09.043; 6. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2’09.372; 7. Mercado (Kawasaki) 2’09.412; 8. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 2’09.760; 9. Jezek (Ducati) 2’09.779; 10. Lussiana (Kawasaki) 2’09.831; etc.

Superstock 600 – Race 1

A shortened Superstock 600 Race 1 at Silverstone was won by Alessandro Nocco (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) as the Italian rider leading when the red flag came out on lap number seven, after the collision that involved Swiss Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) and Gauthier Duwelz (MTM-MVR Racing Yamaha), causing the Belgian to crash on the main straight. As the final results… (read more)

Results: 1. Nocco (Kawasaki) 6 Laps/35.412 km in 13’14.594 average 160.438 kph; 2. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 0.352; 3. Chesaux (Honda) 1.018; 4. Morbidelli (Kawasaki) 2.492; 5. Mulhauser (Yamaha) 3.356; 6. Coveña (Kawasaki) 6.721; 7. Salvadori (Yamaha) 9.562; 8. Nestorovic (Yamaha) 9.608; 9. Casalotti (Yamaha) 10.320; 10. Tuuli (Yamaha) 11.946; 11. Tessels (Suzuki) 12.370; 12. Vitali (Suzuki) 12.881; 13. Schmitter (Yamaha) 12.989; 14. Stapleford (Triumph) 13.562; 15. Jones (Honda) 13.668; etc.

Standings (Round 6 of 10): 1. Morbidelli 87; 2. Duwelz 84; 3. Chesaux 80; 4. Nocco 75; 5. Coveña 75; 6. Gamarino 67; 7. Salvadori 46; 8. Morrentino 44; 9. Mulhauser 43; 10. Nestorovic 41; 11. Casalotti 32; 12. Tessels 24; 13. Tuuli 23; 14. Vitali 23; 15. Schmitter 20; etc.

European Junior Cup

For the fourth time this year, Guillaume Raymond (Activbike) secured the first slot on the grid for Sunday’s Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda race. The young Frenchman, who is leading in the points after his maiden EJC race win at Imola one month ago, lapped the Silverstone circuit in 2’31.601, finishing ahead of Italian Kevin Manfredi (Newton Trasformatori Srl) and Spanish Javier Orellana (Europfoods). 

Times: 1. Raymond (Honda) 2’31.601 average 140.152 kph; 2. Manfredi (Honda) 2’31.855; 3. Orellana (Honda) 2’31.919; 4. Soomer (Honda) 2’32.044; 5. Flitcroft (Honda) 2’32.449; 6. Fernandez (Honda) 2’32.475; 7. Anne (Honda) 2’32.634; 8. Lewis (Honda) 2’32.667; 9. Canducci (Honda) 2’32.671; 10. Pittet (Honda) 2’32.740; etc.