Jonathan Rea held off the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli, with Eugene Laverty recording an identical time to Guintoli as the top ten, the ten you'd expect, are all within three tenths of a second. The riders qualified for Superpole One are at least a second off Rea's time, demonstrating a hard divide between SBK and Evo spec bikes.
Tom Sykes was quickest in the second session ahead of Jonathan Rea, but, due to the heat, they weren't quick enough to best Marco Melandri's time from this morning.
The undulating hills of Portimão leveled the field and let the agile Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes sit behind the fast Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Pairs of Kawasakis and Hondas filled the remainder of the top eight.
Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport ahead of this weekend's Portuguese round of WSBK:
World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
The track heated up for the second race and so did the racing.
The World Superbike race was held over 21 laps.
Misano, or Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to give it its full name, was missed off last year's calendar, but its inclusion in the 2024 season was a welcome one. The first four qualifying sessions in World Superbike were led by an Italian on an Italian bike, with Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri sharing the spoils, giving local fans plenty to cheer about.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Misano:
Superpole one, with the top two winning a place in the second superpole session, started in 30º weather.
Marco Melandri took the quickest time from Loris Baz, making this the fourth session with an Italian rider on an Italian bike going quickest. Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes were quicker than Davide Giugliano in this untimed session.
Davide Giugliano closed the session with a 1'36.125, having fought with Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli for top spot all session. Loris Baz was fourth quickest. Alex Lowes was the factory rider missing out on Superpole two, while Tony Elias scraped through by two hundredths of a second, but his time set in FP2 kept Lowes in Superpole 2.
Press Releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Misano: