Latest World Superbike Results
Team orders, an unpopular aspect of team racing, usually come into play at this point of a title chase, with Eugene Laverty gifting Max Biaggi points to win the 2012 championship being the most blatant example of recent years.
The World Supersport race was a fight for a potential title over nineteen laps with the fastest non-contender relegated to a pit lane start.
Race Report follows.
The rulebook was brought out for an engine too many in World Supersport and a qualifying record was broken by the entire front row in World Superbike.
A team that uses more than the allocated number of engines during the Championship will receive a penalty as per rule 1.21.20 below.
Superpole One took place under cooler conditions than yesterday's afternoon session.
Marco Melandri brings his morning pace to the warmer afternoon sessions, with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz within four tenths in this untimed practice session.
Michael van der Mark continues his campaign for his first world title with the fastest time of the weekend ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu. Van der Mark's time today is still not as quick as his morning's time from yesterday, but it was still the second-best qualifying time of the weekend.
Marco Melandri was once again quickest in the colder morning session, along with Davide Giugliano and a surprising Toni Elias. None of the Evo bikes made it through to the second Superpole session, with David Salom missing out by a quarter of a second. Luca Scassa didn't record a laptime, but his time from FP1 is within 107% of Melandri's provisional pole time.
After seven weeks of absence, World Superbike is back. In the interim period, we've lost one team, one factory and one round, and the silly season rumour mill has started back up.
Marco Melandri's time from the morning session stood for most of the session as the day's best time, but Loris Baz, the only rider able to better Melandri's lap, was able to snatch the top spot in the last ten minutes.
Michael van der Mark set the quickest time in a warmer, slower session, with the morning times not being beaten by the top riders as the temperature hit 30°C.
Marco Melandri held off Tom Sykes to record the quickest time of the morning by only a twentieth of a second.
Michael van der Mark opened the weekend with the quickest time, half a second ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu in his new team and Kev Coghlan.
Race two at Laguna Seca would be started without two riders, and with the red flags brought out the grids for restarts would be further reduced.