The first race of twenty three laps of Donington Park, there were finally crowds here on a Saturday.
Donington, Great Britain
Thirty five riders chased pole position for tomorrow's World Supersport race, twenty five taking part in the first Superpole session and hoping to be in the top two to advance to the second session.
Superpole opened under clear English skies, but Alex Lowes wouldn't be competing as he was declared unfit due to the collarbone injury he sustained at Sepang. Sheridan Morais, standing in for Josh Hook, was also declared unfit after a crash yesterday.
Report and results follow.
In what looks ominous for the remainder of the weekend, Kenan Sofuoglu was the first and only rider under 1'31, over four tenths quicker than PJ Jacobsen and Luke Stapleford. Gino Rea, quickest overall yesterday, was unable to match his Friday afternoon pace.
Making it three for three, Tom Sykes was quickest in the Saturday morning untimed session, a quarter of a second ahead of Davide Giugliano. Leon Camier, the pace setter for the first few laps, ended the session third quickest with Nicky Hayden just four thousandths of a second off his pace. Chaz Davies, on a rebuilt bike after yesterday's fire, was fifth quickest ahead of Jonathan Rea whose Kawasaki broke down near the end of the session.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Donington Park:
Gino Rea fended off Randy Krummenacher and Kenan Sofuoglu to head onto tomorrow's Superpole two on top. Krummenacher put in a late lap to steal second place from Sofuoglu who was quickest for most of the session until Luke Stapleford and then Rea deposed the champion. Stapleford, 2015 British Supersport champion, ended the session fourth quickest.
Jules Cluzel ended Friday thirteenth quickest, behind Superpole one favourites Alex Baldolini and Roberto Rolfo.
Kenan Sofuoglu, race winner from pole position last year, was quickest, six tenths quicker than Gino Rea and Kyle Smith. Sofuoglu set six laps faster than Rea's best time.
Tom Sykes opened his home weekend on top of the timing sheets ahead of Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea. There was a brief pause after wildcard Matthieu Lussiana crashed, leaving his bike on the racing line, but it was cleared quickly and qualifying resumed.