World Superbike standings after the first race at Jerez:
As the riders lined up to start the first race of the weekend, Jonathan Rea cannot win the title this race, but Kawasaki can tie up the manufacturers title. Most riders took the safer B-compound tyre and only Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes took the softer A-compound.
Gino Rea was declared unfit after his crash in yesterday's second session, hitting another rider's discarded bike, and Lorenzo Zanetti inexplicably switched to Rea's bike from the factory MV. Twenty two riders contested the opening session, chasing the two spots in the second session.
After a morning of increased pace, Superpole one opened and fourteen riders competed for the two slots in the top twelve to qualify for pole position.
Randy Krummenacher went over a second quicker than his provisional pole time from yesterday with Kenan Sofuoglu just under four tenths of a second behind.
Chaz Davies was quickest in the morning's untimed session, beating out Tom Sykes by just one thousadth of a second. Both riders were quicker than Sykes's best time yesterday.
Marc Marquez gave no indication of slowing down in FP4, the final practice before Saturday qualifying at the Motegi Circuit. Marquez, while not reaching his blistering FP3 time, still managed to complete a steady stream of low 1'45s to indicate quick race pace for Sunday. In the waning seconds of the session, Aleix Espargaro nearly seized the top time from Marquez but ssettled into a close second, only 19 hundredths of a second back.