A smattering of clouds over a 32ºC track, with a 22ºC air temperature, a 21 lap race at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” took place on fresh tarmac and recambered turns. All but Jonathan Rea had softer A compound rear tyres with Rea taking a harder B tyre.
Press releases after qualifying at Misano from the teams and series organizers:
As the weather was good, in spite of overnight rain, and the resurfaced track offered better grip than before, the likelihood of the pole position lap record surviving was considered low.
In the first session not headed by an Aprilia, Davide Giugliano puts his Ducati on top to maintain Italian manufacturer dominance. Leon Haslam was quickest in the untimed session with Jonathan Rea third ahead of Max Biaggi. Tom Sykes, sixth behind Michael van der Mark, showed the kind of form needed to elevate hin to Superpole two.
Jordi Torres was quickest this morning, ahead of Jonathan Rea who set the pace at the beginning of the session. While Torres approached the lap record, Max Biaggi, dominant yesterday, was unable to match his time from yesterday, over half a second further back in eighth place, in spite of still being the fastest bike in a straight line. Leon Haslam was third quickest, while Alex Lowes was the only other rider on a Japanese bike, with Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki, in the top nine as Chaz Davies, Michele Pirro and Davide Giugliano held the next three spots ahead of Biaggi and Matteo Baiocco.
Tom Sykes was also unable to match his quickest time from yesterday and will have to compete in Superpole One for one of the two promotion slots, something with which he and his team are unfamilar.
Press releases after the first day of practice at Misano:
Max Biaggi was again quickest but this time had to fight off Davide Giugliano to retain the fastest time by a quarter of a second. The six times world champion, with four 250cc titles and two World Superbike titles, Biaggi may have been given a fast Aprilia with which to race this weekend, but his wildcard comeback performance is still impressive as no matter how fast a bike you have, as the adage goes, you still have to ride it.
Chaz Davies was third quickest behind his Ducati teammate Giugliano, with Leon Haslam on the Red Devils Aprilia fending off the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. The top eleven riders were all within three quarters of a second with Markus Reiterberger 0.806 off the fastest time, twelfth quickest.
Max Biaggi, inspired by Troy Bayliss, returned to World Superbike this weekend and set the fastest time in the opening session as a wildcard on an Aprilia. As the fourth former World Superbike champion to compete this year, he was expected to match Bayliss's performance and instead dominated the session ahead of Chaz Davies, the only man able to better him at any point in the session, and Jonathan Rea, runaway championship leader. Biaggi led the field by over four tenths of a second.
Wildcard Markus Reiterberger was fourth quickest on a BMW. Reiterberger is the 2013 IDM (the International German Superbike championship) champion and current German championship leader.
Press releases from the series organizers and World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's WSBK round at Misano:
Press releases from the series organizers and some of the teams after Monday's World Superbike test at Portimao:
The Althea Racing Team issued the following press release, confirming they have parted ways with Nico Terol:
The agreement between Team Althea and Nico Terol comes to an end as the Portimao round concludes.
Nico Terol and the Althea Racing Team have taken the joint decision to terminate their working relationship. This sad decision has been made in light of the fact that results have failed to materialize despite the best efforts of both the rider and the team. Both Terol and Team Althea are former world champions, coincidentally in the same year (2011), and for this reason expectations were high. The fact that their individual and combined objectives cannot be achieved has forced both parties to opt for mutual separation.
Team Althea thanks Nico Terol for his great professionalism and for all his efforts in trying to reach the level of success that was hoped for. The team wishes him all the best for the future and hopes that he can soon get back on the right path in order to achieve the happiness and success that he deserves.
The team will shortly announce a substitute rider.
The majority of the World Superbike field stayed on at Portimao for an official one-day test at the Portuguese circuit, taking advantage of the limited testing opportunities the WSBK riders have this year. Ducati's Davide Giugliano leaves the test as quickest, putting in a very quick lap at the very end of testing to finish three tenths ahead of yesterday's double race winner Jonathan Rea. Rea kept just ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, while Leon Haslam set the fourth quickest time on the Aprilia.
The Suzuki team made good use of much-needed test time to work on setting up the electronics. Improvements were clearly visible: Alex Lowes ended the day 5th quickest, but more importantly, was around a second faster than during the races yesterday. Teammate Randy De Puniet set the 14th best time, but was also three quarters of a second quicker than he was on Sunday.
Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the Portuguese round of WSBK:
The first race of the second half of the season, number fourteen of twenty-six, would not suffer from the bad weather that caused drama in the opening race.