Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and race 1 for the WorldSBK series:
World Superbike standings after the first race at Imola:
Starting on time, World Supersport qualifying opened with Gino Rea and Robbie Rolfo as favourites to qualify for Superpole two.
After a delayed start due to a power failure that affected tyre warmers (and riders' motorhomes), the riders lined up under a hot Italian sun for nineteen laps of the Imola circuit.
Jordi Torres, favourite to qualify for Superpole two, sat out the first Superpole due to a bout of gastroenteritis, leaving the Hondas of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl as the two quickest men coming into this session.
Federico Caricasulo retakes the top spot in this untimed session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen.
In another session interrupted by a red flag, Chaz Davies sets the quickest time ahead of the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Leon Camuier, fifth quickest behind Marco Melandri, breaks the five-way Ducati/Kawasaki hegemony at the top.
Press releases from the organization and teams after the first day of practice at Imola:
Determined Davies Friday's fastest in front of Imola crowds
With two red flags, this session took a lot longer to complete than planned. The second red flag was caused by Alex Baldolini's MV Agusta spewing oil on the track, requiring a much longer intervention than the earlier five minute break at the start of the session. Kenan Sofuoglu came out on top, over half a second faster than Kyle Smith and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were unable to improve their morning's times but still qualify through to Superpole two from their quicker times from the first session.