WorldSBK standings after Race 1 in Qatar:
Result and summary of Race 1 at Qatar:
The last World Supersport qualifying of 2019 was contested in Qatar ahead of the last race tomorrow where the championship will be decided.
World Superbike's floodlit Superpole started as the sun had set over Qatar and the temperature was less punishing. Chaz Davies was quickest in the free practice sessions.
Lucas Mahias, Federico Caricasulo and Ayrton Badovini set the quickest times today, making it three different bikes in the top three, but Jules Cluzel's time from yesterday remains the quickest time.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in the last timed session, but was unable to improve on Chaz Davies's time from yesterday.
Michelin got what they asked for at the special 20-minute tire test at Phillip Island, with a dry track and enough riders putting the 11 laps or more asked by Michelin on the new construction rear tire to provide useful data. The tire had already been tested at Barcelona, but Michelin needed to have it tested at a track with very high tire stresses before they could introduce it to the 2020 allocation. It all worked out perfectly for the test on Friday afternoon.
A gloriously sunny Friday afternoon in Phillip Island wiped off the memory of the morning’s washout but it still left the premier class frantically cramming the pursuit of the perfect setup and stringing together a fast lap in a single 45 minute practice session. Maverick Viñales was eager to impress before rain and wind steal the show once again on Saturday and the Spaniard took the reins of the session early on, only conceding briefly to Danilo Petrucci and Marc Marquez mid session.
Some sun was back on the menu and the intermediate class enjoyed the lunch special after a soggy breakfast with plenty of gravel for dessert. Splendid conditions welcomed riders for the frantic search for both rhythm and one lap speed in just 45 minutes, with different levels of success. Exquisite rookie Jorge Martin enjoyed Phillip Island in the sun after stealing the show in the wet and the Spaniard made sure that both of Friday’s sessions ended with his name at the top of the pile.
FP1 felt like a bad dream by the time FP2 came about, with clear stretches of blue sky, dry asphalt and fairings shining in the sun. Slick tyres finally got their moment for the first and possibly only dry practice session of the weekend and most of the attention was focused on the pursuit of a top time for direct Q2 qualification.