World Supersport Superpole One started ten minutes late after the red flag in the World Superbike race added a short delay. Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to take part this weekend, leaving the championship fight up to Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais.
WorldSBK standings after the first thrilling race at Jerez:
One lap into the race, Raffaele Re Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed out at turn six and a red flag was brought out. A nineteen lap race would start after the quick start procedure and the fight for second place in the championship would begin anew.
The morning was laden with fog, but cancelling the World Superstock untimed session got the schedule back on track. Tom Sykes would be trying to match Troy Corser's Superpole record of 43 pole positions.
Championship leader Lucas Mahias has topped all three sessions, but this is the first session where he wasn't joined at the top by Jules CLuzel, with Niki Tuuli second-quickest ahead of Sheridan Morais.
A foggy morning delayed the start of the untimed session, but it eventually cleared and allowed Marco Melandri to hold off Jonathan Rea to get the quickest time.
Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel were once again paired at the top, as the top eleven riders improved on their morning's time. Gino Rea will start Superpole One as the favourite to qualify for Superpole Two, having qualified in eleventh place alongside Kyle Smith.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in the afternoon's session, even though he was unable to better his morning's time, crashing out early in the session, missing forty minutes before his team could get his Kawasaki rebuilt in time for him to set his fast time. Tom Sykes did improve, however and, along with Michael van der Mark who produced an almost identical fast lap, he squeezed onto the provisional front row. Sylvain Guintoli qualified for Superpole Two, ninth quickest, ahead of Chaz Davies, while Leon Camier had to settle for eleventh place, as the favourite to advance from Superpole One.
With Kenan Sofuoglu absent, Lucas Mahias has a chance to wrap up his first World Supersport title this weekend and he started the weeklend over six tenths of a second clear of Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo.
Jonarthan Rea put in a late fast lap to take the morning's top spot with Alex Lowes, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty six tenths of a second behind him. Sylvain Guintoli, riding Krummenacher's Kawasaki for the weekend, was thirteenth quickest.