Ducatis filled the top three places of qualifying with Sylvain Guintoli settling in to his new team in third place behind the Althea Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa. While the v-twin bikes are slower in the last sector, where the long back straight leads to a tight left hander onto the start/finish straight, the agility of the 1098R comes to play in the mass of corners making up the rest of the track.
While Carlos Checa was fastest in the tests at Moscow two days ago, the Ducati was losing time down the long back straight in the windy conditions. Marco Melandri was able to record a time a tenth of a second faster than Checa's fastest testing time. The session wasn't without drama as Loris Baz and Leon Camier crashed six minutes into the session, bringing out a red flag.
Press releases from the teams and from Infront after Wednesday's WSBK test at the Moscow Raceway, ahead of the inaugural race there this weekend:
Checa heads the testing times in Russia
In the soap opera that is Liberty Racing's World Superbike season, the team has confirmed that they will be missing the Moscow round, as suspected yesterday, but they stated that they are commited to racing at the following round at the Nürburgring. In what looks like focussing all their efforts on as many resources as possible for next year, it looks like they are writing this year off.
Troubled World Superbike team Liberty Racing are rumoured not to be running their three riders at the next race at Moscow Raceway. Italian outlet Omnicourse reports that the three Liberty riders, along with Team Grillini, are missing from the entry list and will not be racing. With all of the troubles Liberty Racing is going through, it wouldn't come as a surprise if they were indeed pulling out of the next race, or indeed the rest of the season.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's chaotic races at Silverstone:
WSBK - Team Italia wins in Silverstone with La Marra extending the championship lead
Eddi won his first race of the season at the most topical moment, while Savadori retired after the first lap due to a technical problem.
Silverstone is a large, flat track at the top of a flattened hill, which makes it an ideal airfield, but a weather-prone race track. With a thunderstorm happening in the vicinity, the riders in both World Superbikes and World Supersport were punished by rain-lashed races in treacherous conditions.
With the rain falling before the start of the race, the race was declared wet and the distance was reduced to 17 laps to allow for the extra time to change the bikes to their wet configurations.
As the race started, Sylvain Guintoli made an early charge, followed by Jakub Smrz, a man he very much wanted to beat. The pair of them broke free of the rest and set about racing each other. Smrz could never beat Guintoli though and eventually fell into the clutches of a hard-charging Loris Baz.
Race one was red flagged on the first lap due to a crash caused by rain. The restart was declared a wet race and led to one of the most unusual races so far.
After an 18 lap dangerous scrap in the rain, Frenchman Loris Baz was the eventual winner ahead of Michel Fabrizio. Third place was Ayrton Badovini's crashing bike, with Badovini close by.