Michael van der Mark suffered a rear tire failures during the closing stages of Race 1 of the Misano WorldSBK round. The Dutch rider was leading the race at the time and had a firm chance to claim a first career victory in the class when his rear tire suddenly failed and pitched him off the bike through the series of fast right handers at the end of the lap.
Notes and quotes after a bizarre first WorldSBK race at Misano:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Misano:
Superpole one, contested by twenty three riders vying for the top two spots, was red flagged with ten minutes to go after a couple of crashes.
Twenty one riders lined up for twenty one laps of Misano and everyone chose the same rear tyre and Chaz Davies didn’t fit the carbon wok to his rear wheel.
Superpole one took place on a warm morning. Eleven riders competed for two places with Lorenzo Savadori and Randy Krummenacher in the top two spots.
Lucas Mahias opened the day with the morning's quickest lap, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo was quickest early on but ended the untimed session in fourth place.
Marco Menaldri sets the fastest time of the weekend, nine thousandths of a second quicker than Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes round out the top four in this untimed session.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Misano:
Rea fastest on opening day at Misano
World Champion tops the Friday timesheets in FP2 session
Kenan Sofuoglu heads into Superpole with the best lap, setting the quickest time ahead of a resurgent Gino Rea. This morning's fastest man, Federico Caricasulo, couldn't improve on his morning's time and ends the day fifth quickest, behind PJ Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel.
Thirty five laptimes were cancelled, mostly for exceeding turn eleven's boundaries, but some were for turn six and sixteen.
Jonathan Rea was the only rider in the top four to improve on his morning's time, with Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri all relying on times from Free Practice one. Leon Camier was able to go quicker but remained fifth quickest overall. Lorenzo Savadori and Randy Krummenacher are the quickest two riders to miss out on qualifying directly for Superpole two.
Federico Caricasulo was quickest throughout the session, only ceding the top spot briefly to Kenan Sofuoglu early on and Lucas Mahias later. Mahias finished the session second quickest ahead of Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen. Kenan Sofuoglu only managed four laps before suffering a technical problem.
Turn eleven's limits were exceeded twenty-two times throughout the session, resulting in twenty-two cancelled lap times.
On a warm, dry day in Rimini, Tom Sykes set an early fast lap on his Kawasaki and just kept improving his time. Jonathan Rea was the only other rider into the 1'34s, in spite of a late charge from Marco Melandri that put him third quickest, pipping his Ducati teammate. Leon Camier continues to make his bike look better than it is with the fifth quickest lap ahead of Xavi Fores.
Preview press releases and other facts and figures from the series organizers and teams ahead of this weekend's WorldSBK round at Misano:
Rimini ready for WorldSBK action
Sun, surf and an Italian century?
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