Press releases from the teams and organization after Saturday's race and qualifying at Imola:
Standings after the first race of the weekend at Imola:
Sylvain Guintoli, after a concussion and broken ankle in Superpole, would not race this weekend. Dominic Schmitter and Peter Sebestyen had a coming together at the same place on Acque Minerali that meant neither would start the race and would delay the start. With one lap removed from the running distance to ensure nobody ran out of fuel, a late quick start procedure was implemented, and the nineteen lap race would be one lap short and ten minutes late.
Report and results follow.
Twenty-seven riders competed for two places in World Supersport's Superpole one with Roberto Rolfo and Kyle Smith as the favourites to get promoted to the second session. On a track like Imola, starting near the front is important as it's so narrow that over thirty bikes can clog the place up in no time.
Report and results follow:
Chaz Davies was quickest in all three sessions and was aiming to put his Ducati Panigale on pole position at the Italian marque's home race. Two chicanes at Imola have sensors to verify that they aren't being cut and every session has been littered with deleted lap times.
Report and results follow.
Kenan Sofuoglu continues to dominate each session, setting the fastest lap of the weekend in the morning's untimed session. Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher take over the remaining provisional front row places from yesterday's fast Italians.
Chaz Davies is the first rider of the weekend to go under 1'47, topping the untimed session over half a second quicker than Tom Sykes.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Imola:
WorldSBK: Davies on Top on Day 1 at Imola
Kenan Sofuoglu was joined at the top by Alessandro Zaccone, an Italian ESS rider and Federico Caricasulo who showed that local knowledge counts for a lot at Imola.
The 2016 World Superbike calendar will have just thirteen rounds. Attempts at finding a replacement for the canceled Monza round have failed, causing the calendar to definitively lose a round.
Dorna had been in talks with several other circuits to replace the races at Monza, with the Estoril circuit being the most popular candidate. However, no agreement could be reached with any of the replacement candidates, and Dorna had no choice but to cancel.
All hope is not lost for Monza, however. Work continues at the iconic Italian track, including efforts to make it suitable for motorcycle racing. The circuit could yet make a return, but not this year.
The cancellation of Monza does leave a gaping hole in the WSBK calendar. There is a gap of ten weeks between the US round of WSBK at Laguna Seca and the German races at the Lausitzring. That hiatus presents a serious problem for Dorna in maintaining interest in what is turning out to be a very good year for WorldSBK. It will need to be addressed for the 2017 calendar.
Updated 2016 World Superbike calendar