WorldSBK standings after the first race at Imola:
World Supersport Superpole took place with rain threatening to make an appearance at some point.
World Superbike race one at Imola was 19 laps under good weather. Leon Camier was replaced for the race on the Red Bull Honda by Jason O'Halloran after Camier pulled out after two sessions on Friday, not having recovered enough from his crash at Aragon to compete. Extra front brake cooling was allowed for there first time and this safety measure will continue testing at Donington in a couple of weeks.
Superpole one at Imola was contested by twelve riders aiming for two spots with Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes the two favourites to qualify for advancement.
It looked like Jonathan Rea was going to get it all his own way, but towards the end of the session, Chaz Davies clinched the top spot. Rea was able to then match his rival's time, but he couldn't beat it. Marco Melandri was third quickest ahead of Lorenzo Savadori while Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes missed out on Superpole two and will head into the first Superpole sessions as favourites to advance. Leon Haslam was eighth-quickest on his return to World Superbikes.
Three Yamahas, Federico Caricasulo, Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel, topped this second session, with Kenan Sofuoglu fourth quickest on his Kawasaki, ensuring his qualification to Superpole two as he was fifth quickest of the day. Lucas Mahias was sixth quickest, unable to improve on his quickest time from the morning's session, but that time was enough to put him second-quickest overall.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in a session where he and Chaz Davies were unable to better their morning's times, ahead of an improving Marco Melandri. Lorenzo Savadori was third quickest this session on the Aprilia, fourth quickest overall, behind Davies. Eugene Laverty, having passed a medical evaluation after FP1, improved on his morning's result and was eighth quickest.
Lucas Mahias led by two tenths of a second, ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel. Ayrton Badovini was fourth quickest on the MV Agusta. Kenan Sofuoglu opened his last weekend of racing fourteenth quickest.
Jonathan Rea is the only non-Ducati in the top four, ahead of Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri and Xavi Fores, while his Kawasaki teamate Tom Sykes was a second off the world champion's pace. Eugene Laverty, returning from injury, was ninth quickest, ahead of wildcarding five-time race winner Leon Haslam.
The Milwaukee Aprilia rider is back in action this weekend at Imola and he guides us around an action packed lap of the Italian venue
Imola is one of the most historic circuits in the world. Tamburello, Acque Minerali and Rivazza are corner names etched into the fiber of the sport, and with the circuit named after Enzo Ferrari's son, the emotion of Imola is always bubbling away just under the surface.
For a long time Eugene Laverty didn't feel at home at this twisting and technical circuit but over the last ten years he has been able to scratch at the surface and unlock the key to a fast time around this 4.936km circuit.