Latest World Superbike Results
Michael van der Mark was quickest in the second session ahead of Florian Marino. Overall times were slower than this morning, leaving Jules Cluzel still holding provisional pole.
Aprilia were confident that Sepang would suit their bike, and in the extended opening World Superbike session, they held all three top places, with Marco Melandri, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli within two tenths of a second of one another.
Jules Cluzel was quickest in a humid opening session ahead of Ratthapark Wilairot. As this is the first ever World Supersport session, it was extended to seventy-five minutes.
World Superbike Race Two was a dry race and the temperature had risen to 18º, with a 28º track.
World Supersport was dry, with 16-degree air temperature and 27-degree track temperature.
World Superbike race one was a dry race, with the sun making a much needed appearance on the grid.
The English rain was, at moments, the worst rain can be without halting proceedings. The morning's free practice was damp, with laps eleven seconds slower than Friday's times, while the wet Superpole laps were seventeen seconds slower. There were wet crashes in both Superpoles, with at least two riders being taken to be evaluated by the medical centre.
Wet weather continued to plague the Donington round, causing qualifying to be attrition-based.
Tricky conditions in the morning's untimed session let PJ Jacobsen take the honours ahead of Marco Bussolotti, both of whom were a second clear of third place.
In a wet morning's untimed session, Jonathan Rea on the Honda was a second and a quarter quicker than Ayrton Badovini's Evo Bimota and Alex Lowes on a Suzuki. A surprising bunch, but as this is the first properly wet session for the Superbikes, it's as unpredictable as expected. The wet track time will be useful for this afternoon's Superpole session as heavy rain looks unavoidable.
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.