Standings after race 2 at Misano:
Misano's leather-clad soprano, Paola Tiraferri, bashed out the Italian anthem again, under a 30ºC sun in preparation for a twenty one lap race.
World Superbike standings after the sprint race at Misano:
Eugene Laverty was declared fit and would start the race in past place. Ten laps around Misano would determine the grid for the second race this afternoon.
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Misano:
Five thousand spectators were allowed into Misano to watch racing on a 28ºC day. All riders on the grid chose the SCX rear tyre, having taken the weather and the 48ºC track in to account, so there wasn't a tyre war in play.
In response to the yellow flags in Estoril ruining several riders' qualifying on their only one-shot tyre, the rules have been changed for Superpole in World Superbike. Still at a short fifteen minutes, riders now get two of the super sticky qualifying tyres with which to set their qualifying times. Eugene Laverty would miss this session after his morning's crash.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi, an Italian rider on an Italian bike at an Italian track with a limited Italian audience, has been quickest heading to Superpole, and his nemesis from last weekend, Garrett Gerloff, will start from pit lane this afternoon, but his superpole time will be used in tomorrow's sprint race.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Scott Redding were quickest in the morning's short qualifying, a session plagued with cancelled laps and a red flag. Eugene Laverty was taken to the medical centre after his red flag crash.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi ended Friday quickest overall, ahead of Alex Lowes and Toprak Razgatlioglu, with Jonathan Rea third quickest in the second session as Razgatlioglu was unable to improve on his morning's time.
Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff were separated by less than a tenth of a second at the end of the first session at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. Satellite rider Chaz Davies was the only one of the old guard inside the top six.