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2011 World Superbike - Silverstone Photo Gallery

See photos from Round 9 of the 2011 World Superbike Series at the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain.

Step Racing Honda's Gino Rea posted the best lap in World Supersport with a time of 2'09.362.
Max Biaggi: "We encountered some small problems here last year as well. The Ducati bikes are doing very well as always and the home riders always give a bit more here, so we need to concentrate on details to pull out the tenths of a second which are lacking. With this temperature the higher performance tires don't last too many laps. Tomorrow and the next day the temperature is supposed to go up, so we'll evaluate softer solutions hoping to have a real benefit in terms of lap time."
Leon Camier: "I'm certainly happy with the first day, especially because the guys out front don't really have that much of a better pace than us, also given the quick tire wear in these low temperatures."
Michel Fabrizio: "My right foot is a bit of a problem. I think that the discomfort I am feeling, between the smallest toe and the one next to it is a relic of my crash in America. I am really not sure if there is a small fracture there or maybe a cyst has formed, but it does get a bit uncomfortable on the bike sometimes."
Carlos Checa: "Today went well. We have already improved with respect to last year. With the soft tire we were able to make some very fast laps and we’re satisfied. The problem may arrive tomorrow as temperatures will probably be warmer and we’ll have to see how the tires go in different conditions."
Tom Sykes claimed the third-best lap during qualifying at his home track and was less than half a second behind Checa.
Leon Camier has reported feeling good at his home track and the Brit will start from the front row after claiming third in Superpole.
Max Biaggi has to start from Row 3 at Silverstone after a sliding crash in Superpole.
Leon Camier: "It's absolutely fantastic. I've always struggled in Superpole but today I am finally reaping the fruit of a lot of work. I have no illusions, I know that Carlos Checa has an extremely quick race pace and that a lot of riders are really close. What counts in a race is consistency and that is precisely why we still need to do some work to find just a bit more of it."
John Hopkins earned the fastest time during free practice on Friday and nabbed fifth in the timesheets during qualifying.
John Hopkins posted a new circuit record at Silverstone while nabbing the Superpole victory by 0.027 seconds.
David Salom - World Supersport qualifying at Silverstone 2011
2011 World Superbike Superpole podium at Silverstone (from left to right): Eugene Laverty, John Hopkins and Leon Camier.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty used his start on the front row to fight for two runner-up finishes at Silverstone.
Marco Melandri held back Max Biaggi in Race 2 to claim a well-earned podium spot in third.
In the final laps of Race 2 Max Biaggi (#1) denied teammate Leon Camier (#2) fourth place with a decisive pass.
Marco Melandri held back Max Biaggi in Race 2 to claim a well-earned podium spot in third.
Leon Camier: "I'm just obviously so disappointed and really sorry for all the fans out there that came to support us. I really thought a podium or two was on the cards for definite. I felt really strong in the first race, made up a load of places and was starting to think about passing Laverty for 2nd when we had an issue with the bike. I kept going and I know the fans were cheering me on every time I went past so thank you to them!"
Carlos Checa scored his ninth victory of the 2011 season aboard the Ducati 1198 while protecting his lead in the Riders' and Manufacturers' title.
2011 Silverstone Race 2 podium (from left to right): Eugene Laverty, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri.
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty used his start on the front row to fight for two runner-up finishes at Silverstone.
Max Biaggi - Silverstone 2011
Carlos Checa (#7) earned two more wins at the Silverstone circuit to open up his lead again in the championship.
Joan Lascorz: "We had one good result and one unlucky one but my bike felt even better in the second race than the first one. It was unfortunate that James Toseland collided with me because his foot peg went into a water hose on my bike and it ran the cooling system dry which meant I could not finish. I think I could have had a top six if that had not happened."
Samsung Crescent Suzuki's John Hopkins overcame a malfunctioning rear brake in the first race to finish fifth.