WorldSBK standings after the penultimate round of the championship at Jerez:
World Superbike race two mirrored the Saturday race with a red flag in the first lap and a restarted nineteen lap race.
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.
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.
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.
The WorldSBK grid at Jerez will be full of replacement riders, as injury takes its toll, not just on the regular riders, but also on possible replacements. Sylvain Guintoli is to step in and replace the still injured and departing Randy Krummenacher in the Kawasaki Puccetti team for the rest of the season, the Swiss rider having previously fractured his wrist. Guintoli will ride for the Puccetti team in both the remaining rounds this year, at Jerez and at Qatar.