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Donington Park is the only British round this year, with Silverstone being removed from the calendar. Traveling Britons necessitated a change from the new schedule, pushing start and finish times to breaking point and grouping all three timed sessions to Friday, deciding Superpole entries at the end of the day.
The third timed session is usually held on a Saturday, but because of timing issues with the Donington round, the last timed session is held on Friday instead. Tom Sykes was quickest in a session that threatened to rain from beginning to end, ending under limited adhesion flags. Chaz Davies and Loris Baz both crashed out on turn one as the grip disappeared.
In spite of the track getting a dusting of rain, Kenan Sofuglu set the fastest lap of the weekend as the session ended, deposing Michael Van Der Mark from the top spot. Kev Coghlan fills out the provisional front row with a time under two tenths off Sofuoglu's quick lap.
Davide Giugliano closed the session with a fast lap, taking top slot from Alex Lowes. Loris Baz was unable to answer it, snatching second fastest at the chequered flag.
Michael Van Der Mark put in the quickest lap ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu on a session red-flagged in the middle due to gravel on the track. Sofuoglu was fastest throughout most of the session, but Van Der Mark stole the top spot at the end.
Loris Baz was quickest at the end of a session mostly dominated by Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes.
Final times at the end of the official WSBK test at Imola:
At the beginning of a weekend, there are eight riders that can be considered serious dry-weather podium contenders and all of those men are in the top eight of the championship.
Nineteen more laps at 23ºC and everyone chose the Pirelli SC0 soft tyre as the warm weather settled down.
The World Supersport race would be seventeen laps on a windy track at 22ºC.
Nineteen laps in the morning's race at 22ºC.
Qualifying warmed up as the temperature climbed, with Superpole two taking part under a 29ºC sun and on top of a 51ºC track.
A red flag in the middle of the session didn't slow down qualifying, and neither did a rider trying to kick another rider's bike off the track.
Superpole Two was a game of two halves as riders went out on race tyres in the first half and used the qualifiers on the second.
Only one non-Evo bike participated in Superpole one, the powerful Aprilia of Toni Elias, but he would be at a tyre disadvantage to the Evo bikes that had the Supersoft Pirelli available, an ideal tyre for the track temperature.