World Supersport Superpole One started ten minutes late after the red flag in the World Superbike race added a short delay. Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to take part this weekend, leaving the championship fight up to Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais.
WorldSBK standings after the first thrilling race at Jerez:
One lap into the race, Raffaele Re Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed out at turn six and a red flag was brought out. A nineteen lap race would start after the quick start procedure and the fight for second place in the championship would begin anew.
The morning was laden with fog, but cancelling the World Superstock untimed session got the schedule back on track. Tom Sykes would be trying to match Troy Corser's Superpole record of 43 pole positions.
Championship leader Lucas Mahias has topped all three sessions, but this is the first session where he wasn't joined at the top by Jules CLuzel, with Niki Tuuli second-quickest ahead of Sheridan Morais.
A foggy morning delayed the start of the untimed session, but it eventually cleared and allowed Marco Melandri to hold off Jonathan Rea to get the quickest time.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Phillip Island:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Phillip Island:
In an apt description of Phillip Island, half the sky ahead of the final practice session was nearly black, while the other half was marshmallows on a light blue background. Making the best of the still dry track, most riders joined the action on the soft rear tyre, with the exception of a couple Ducatis, including Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci, as well as the Yamaha trio of Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales and Johann Zarco.
Marc Marquez trialled both rear tyre options, starting on the soft around sixth position and switching to the medium for the final stage of the session, snatching the lead soon after. The Spaniard picked up Andrea Iannone to inadvertently show him the ropes and drag him into second position. Marquez maintained top spot to the flag and posted a short run of consistent mid 1:29s.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Phillip Island: