Superbikes

Hopkins leads free practice one

American John Hopkins upset the pack when he topped free practice one at Silverstone ahead of this weekend's World SBK British Grand Prix.

 
Hopkins leads FP1 - SuperbikesFrom Official Website
 

Hopkins steadily lowered his lap time throughout the session to finish with a fastest time of two minutes and 06.667 seconds.

The Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider is currently contesting the British Superbikes title but was granted a wildcard to step up to the WSBK at Silverstone.

Leon Camier finished with the second fastest lap, two tenths of a second adrift of Hopkins and just ahead of Jakub Smrz.

James Toseland made a successful return from injury when he finished fourth while championship leader Carlos Checa could only manage the fifth fastest lap.

Marco Melandri, currently second to Checa in the world title fight, endured a poor session finishing well off the pace down in 14th while Max Biaggi, third in the overall standings, was 16th.

Full practice times

John Hopkins 2:06.667

Leon Camier 2:06.888

Jakub Smrz 2:06.968

James Toseland 2:06.986

Carlos Checa 2:07.013

Troy Corser 2:07.064

Leon Haslam 2:07.100

Michel Fabrizio 2:07/126

Tom Sykes 2:07.188

Sylvain Guintoli 2:07.508

Maxime Berger 2:07.547

Alex Lowes 2:07.586

Eugene Laverty 2:07.687

Marco Melandri 2:08.752

Mark Aitchison 2:07.787

Max Biaggi 2:07.960

Ayrton Badovini 2:08.073

Jon Kirkham 2:08.100

Noriyuki Haga 2:08.247

Roberto Rolfo 2:08.448

Joan Lascorz 2:09.105

Fabrizio Lai 2:09.418

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