Smrz Speeds At Silverstone

Jacob Smrz was the top qualifier for Sunday's World Superbike race at Silverstone.
Jacob Smrz was the top qualifier for Sunday's World Superbike race at Silverstone.

SILVERSTONE, Great Britain — Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati) secured his second Tissot-Superpole of the season Saturday at Silverstone, to add to the pre-race success he enjoyed at Miller Motorsports Park in May.

The Czech rider made the best of the often-treacherous track and weather conditions at Silverstone, in what was a two-part wet Superpole, to lead FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider Leon Camier off the line on Sunday’s two eni FIM Superbike World Championship races. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team Ducati) was third in his first appearance for the Italian squad and local hero Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was fourth, despite being fastest with only one lap left from his main rivals.

“It was a great performance in the wet. As Leon said the conditions were really difficult, the rain was changing at every moment on every part of the track, but I was trying to improve lap by lap and then on the last lap I tried my best and it was enough for first place,” said Smrz. “We are used to these conditions this year, so we must be ready for everything tomorrow.”

Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) was another rider to lead for a time before crashing on the wet surface and finishing fifth, with championship challenger Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) sixth, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) seventh and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) eighth. Checa and Sykes both fell, spoiling any chance of making faster laps in Superpole 2.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) went ninth after his own crash in the first 20-minute session, while Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) could only manage tenth and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) 11th.