Three hours later than intended, the World Supersport race was on a damp track as the light faded.
Press releases from the teams and organizers after the first World Superbike race and qualifying for World Supersport:
World Supersport Superpole started dry with Kyle Smith and Christian Gamarino favourites to qualify for the second session. The ESS riders don't race in the flyaway rounds, so there wasn't the usual hornet's nest of riders in the first session.
Report and results follow.
Randy Krummenacher led PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu in the morning's untimed session.
Press releases from the organizers and WSBK and WSS teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:
Sepang Day 1
Savadori Fastest on Friday
Rookie tops the timesheets as Sykes heads to Tissot-Superpole 1
Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen were over half a second quicker than third-fastest Gino Rea in a wet session where nobody was able to match their times from the morning. Superpole will be determined by times set in the earlier session.
PJ Jacobsen, winner here with his maiden victory last year, was quickest ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. The quickest seven riders were all within a half of a second.
Press releases ahead of this weekend's sixth round of the World Superbike championship:
WorldSBK: The Heat Is On
What awaits as WorldSBK heads east to Malaysia
Press releases from the organization and the teams after the racing at Imola:
WSS standings after Imola: