2013 Istanbul World Superbike FP1 Results: Guintoli Ahead Of Melandri And Sykes

Sylvain Guintoli, recording a 1'56.851 after ninety minutes of extended practice, was two-thirds of a second clear of Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes. Sykes, was for a long time, the only man in the top eight with no prior experience of the track, while Toli Elias, on his first ever run on a Superbike, held the top position for a respectable time. 

Leon Camier and Carlos Checa were both sent to the medical centre after crashing, in separate incidents, with Camier ok, but needing further examinations on his foot, and Checa needing his hand and foot looked at.   


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.851   288,0
2 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'57.518 0.667 286,5
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.735 0.884 285,7
4 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.273 1.422 281,3
5 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.369 1.518 285,0
6 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.445 1.594 280,5
7 19 C. DAVIES BMW S1000 RR 1'58.802 1.951 282,7
8 16 J. CLUZEL Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.805 1.954 281,3
9 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.902 2.051 288,8
10 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'59.237 2.386 274,1
11 86 A. BADOVINI Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'59.675 2.824 276,2
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.908 3.057 276,2
13 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'59.982 3.131 274,1
14 84 M. FABRIZIO Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.216 3.365 278,4
15 23 F. SANDI Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.548 3.697 274,8
16 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'01.123 4.272 275,5
17 31 V. IANNUZZO BMW S1000 RR 2'02.812 5.961 269,3
18 35 T. UPRAK Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.276 8.425 267,3
19 169 Y. ERCELIK BMW S1000 RR 2'05.683 8.832 262,8


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When I checked the Superbike website halfway first practice, to my surprise I saw Elias on top, and staying there for quite some time. Interesting! The Aprilia V4 and Pirelli tyres seem to suit him. Having GP experience at this track surely helps and we'll have to see if he can build further on this, but I don't think many people expected him to do so well first time out, if at all.
Looking forward to the races on Sunday!

Not surprised to see Elias doing well. His past record has always shown him to be a very good racer. The past few years have not shown in the best light due to a number factors including the hard bridgestones when he came back to motogp.

Fast riders generally don't slow, but their confidence takes a knock and injury takes its tolls.

John Hopkins had a few years in the wilderness post Kawasaki then came back and blitzed BSB. Injury yet again has knocked him back, but he never lost his speed.

Hope Elias does well. I still think the difference between Motogp and WSB quality still shows when a decent Motogp rider heads over to WSB. Biaggi, Checa, Melandri, Guintoli to name a few.