Standings in the World Superbike championship after the first race in Magny-Cours:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and Saturday's first World Superbike race in France:
Davide Giugliano will not be taking part in the races this weekend, being declared unfit. He would miss out on a 21-lap wet race today where Tom Sykes would need to cut into Jonathan Rea's forty-seven point lead if he is to challenge for the title.
Twenty eight riders contested the first Superpole on a damp track with PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti quickest of the Superpole one qualifiers.
Superpole one took place on a damp track after an overnight downpour. Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive wielding the 76 Kawasaki, cosplaying Loris Baz, were the two favourites to progress from their times yesterday, but the damp track favoured Davide Giugliano in morning's wet session.
Kenan Soguoglu was over a second and a half quicker than everyone else this wet morning. Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen were next up, in spite of having a terrible Friday.
The Kawasaki teammates Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the morning's wet untimed session ahead of Superpole. Davide Giugliano, who has to compete in Superpole One this afternoon, was third quickest.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:
Magny-Cours: Day 1
Davies on Fire as Friday’s Fastest Overall
- Ducati rider fastest again in FP2 -
Davies unstoppable as fastest man on Friday.
With almost everyone improving on their morning's time, it's no surprise to see Kenan Sofuoglu at the top again in the second red-flagged session of the day. The surprise was the fastest ESS rider Illia Mikhalchik in third place just two places ahead of ESS rival Axel Bassani.
Several big names, including PJ Jacobsen in eleventh, missed out on qualifying for Superpole Two.
Chaz Davies continued his morning's form to grab the provisional pole position ahead of Leon Camier and the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. Michael van der Mark made up for his lost morning, sixth quickest, behind Alex Lowes.
Nicky Hayden and Davide Giugliano both surprised with failing to get into Superpole two while Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive sit in eleventh and twelfth, the favourites to get promoted to the second session.