Posted: 26 Sep 2011
RACE 1 – HOPKINS TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH THREE OUT OF THREE WINS
Hopkins was undoubtedly the man on form when the riders lined up for the first race of the day. Coming to Silverstone, Hopkins and his Suzuki had two wins from Donington and the title lead in his head and would serve him well. But in qualifying he fell and extensively damaged a finger… not that it showed.
Hopkins eventually moved into the lead ahead of the usual pack and, although not pulling out a serious lead, did everything to keep ahead and avoid the infighting happening behind him.
Laverty tried to get Hopkins to open the door on the last lap but had to settle for second place, while Hopkins celebrated on taking three wins out of his last three outings.
Hill took third spot after battling with fourth placed Brookes to leave the Yamaha man staring at 12 point deficit going into race 2.
RACE 2 – BROOKES TAKES POLE TAKES STUNNING WIN
Another close race ensued from the start with hardly space to breathe between the leading five riders, plus Hickman and Kirkham quickly joined the fray. Constant exchanges of positions meant no bets were being placed on the final outcome.
In total, four riders shared the honour of leading the pack over the course of the race. But it was Brookes who showed true mettle after dropping from pole and, at one point, having to pick up his momentum from sixth place. This dogged determination paid off when he hit the front to take the win and his second BSB win in 2011.
Tommy Hill grabbed back vital points with his second place finish, but his main adversary John Hopkins completed the podium line up with a solid third. Laverty and Byrne took fourth and fifth respectively.