Twenty laps of Jerez to go and we will know if the title fight is carried on to Qatar.
Kenan Sofuoglu, the most successful World Supersport rider of all time, is on the cusp of his fifth world title, having missed out on his first bite last race weekend. Only his teammate Randy Krummenacher can deny him the championship.
Chaz Davies continued his dominant run of form in WorldSBK by winning at Jerez. The Welshman waltzed to his fifth win in the last six races and once again showed just how strong he has become in 2016.
The package of Davies and the Ducati has consistently been to the fore this season and a constant thorn in the side of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. If not for a mid-season blip that saw him score just 46 points from a possible 150 Davies would be in firm title contention but that run of form ruled him out of proceedings.
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.
Randy Krummenacher took provisional pole from Kenan Sofuoglu halfway through the red-flagged session with fast newcomer Niki Tuuli third quickest. Sofuoglu was unable to better his morning's time.
With the places for Superpole determined, Tom Sykes came out on top ahead of Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes. Everyone in the top ten improved on the earlier hour long session's results and there are no surprises on the list of names for Superpole qualifying.
Jordi Torres was one of only two riders not to improve on his morning's time, leaving him in eleventh place alongside Lorenzo Savadori as the favourites to go through to the second session tomorrow.