SILVERSTONE, England – Blazing sunshine welcomed the eni FIM Superbike World Championship riders today at the Silverstone Circuit, where Tom Sykes overcame a late crash to post the top time in practice.
Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) stole the show courtesy of an impressive 2:05.355 lap-time to lead the way until the checkered flag was waved on the finish line.
Apart from the leader, competition on track was very close: riders from 2nd to 12th place were all within six tenths of each other, while five of the British representatives took a spot in the top six. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) ended up an impressive second followed by Moscow Raceway pole-sitter Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) – who crashed at turn eight halfway through the session – and Pata Honda duo of Jonathan Rea and fresh Suzuka 8 Hours winner Leon Haslam.
Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) was far back in ninth, behind teammate Eugene Laverty, Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet). Tough luck for for Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), as the rider from Rome lost control of his RSV4 at turn 13 and finished 15th.