Press releases from the World Superbike organizers and teams after the races on Sunday in Thailand
World Supersport standings after the second race of the season:
The second round without Kenan Sofuoglu and the riders have seventeen laps to take as many points as possible before the reigning champion returns. Overbearing heat and fast wildcards add to the usual challenges of World Supersport racing.
Superpole one had thirteen riders competing for two places. Federico Caricasulo and Michael Canducci were eleventh and twelfth fastest, making them favourites to qualify for Superpole two.
PJ Jacobsen was quickest ahead of Kyle Smith and Decha Kraisart with Jules Cluzel one tenth of a second of Jacobsen's pace in fourth place. Alex Baldolini has been declared unfit after a crash in FP2 while Stefan Hill and Luke Stapleford have been withdrawn for technical reasons.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand:
Rea takes first Asian honours in Buriram
Tight at the top in Friday’s Free Practise
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship riders took to the 34 degree Thai heat for free practise two, as they battled it out for the final spots in Superpole 2, which will take place before Saturday’s opening race at the Chang International Circuit.
With everyone in the top sixteen improving on their morning's times, Superpole qualifying was determined in this session and once again Kyle Smith was quickest, only wildcard Decha Kraisart and Lucas Mahias beat Jules Cluzel this time.
Kyle Smith and Jules Cluzel put Honda at the top of the timing sheets ahead of local wildcard Decha Kraisart. Kraisart was quickest throughout most of the morning, leading the field for over half the session. Lucas Mahias and PJ Jacobsen were fourth and fifth quickest ahead of Hikari Okubo.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the opening weekend of the 2017 season in Australia:
WSS standings after the first race of the year in Australia: