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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Stock Market Derivatives

No sooner had the idea of a full World Championship for so-called production machinery been agreed in 1988 than half the manufacturers had already created homologation special road bikes which then dominated most of the early results. But that was only part of the story, then and now.

WorldSBK has never been a true production racing series, whether you started in year dot with a super-special 851 Ducati or a humble Kawasaki GPX750. Chassis or engine; you could legally muck about with them.

Really, quite a lot.

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2019 Imola World Superbike Superpole Race Results: Overnight Rain

The weather turned up to make the Superpole race evenness predictable. Ten laps under a grey sky made tyre choices interesting, with light and dark track areas visible and riders turning up on the grid with wet tyres and setups, swapping to try tyres and whatever setups they could fix on the grid. Leon Camier didn't line up after his crash yesterday and Tom Sykes didn't get to the grid with a warm-up lap, starting from the pit exit.

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2019 Imola World Superbike Superpole Results: Count The Red Flags

Michael Ruben Rinaldi opened the Superpole session by setting fire to his Ducati Panigale, summoning the red flags. The restart only shortened the session to twenty four minutes. Three and a half minutes into the restart, Sandro Cortese and Leon Camier crashed out at turn four and brought the red flags back out. Camier was taken to the medical centre.

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2019 Imola World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Quickest In Interrupted Session

Jonathan Rea improved on his times from yesterday, heading to Superpole in the top spot. Chaz Davies was unable to improve, but remained second-quickest while his Ducati teammate Alvaro Bautista passed Tom Sykes for third quickest overall. Tommy Bridewell sneaked in under the 107% qualifying limit in just thirty minutes of practice, reduced with a red flag break in the middle.

Qualifying Results:

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