World Superbike qualifying took place on a sunny morning, delayed by red flags in the first two sessions of the day.
Sheridan Morais ended the untimed session quickest, ahead of this afternoon's Superpole. Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen were within a second of the South African.
Tom Sykes has been declared unfit after a crash that brought out a red flag in this morning's untimed session. As he crested the hill before turn nine, the Kawasaki's rear seemed to lose grip and snap out, causing a high-speed wobble there was no recovery from. Sykes came down the right hand side of the track, with his bike bursting into flames next to him, flames licking his leathers. Luckily he stopped sliding before the bike did and excaped with a dislocated finger on his left hand.
After the delay, the session was restarted and topped by Jonathan Rea ahead of Chaz Davies.
Press releases after the first day of practice for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP teams at Portimao:
Rapid Rea leads the way on day one
Reigning Champion fastest man in Portugal, ahead of Ducati pair
A late hot lap in FP2 on Friday afternoon at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal gave the reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) the top spot on the timesheet, more than half a second clear of his nearest rival.
With Sheridan Morais unable to improve on his morning's time, Kenan Sofuoglu took control, setting the fastest time of the day, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias. Morais's morning time, however, was good enough for second quickest overall.
Kyle Smith and Christoffer Bergman, the Öhlins test rider, were the two quickest riders to miss out on automatically qualifying for Superpole two and head into tomorrow's qualifying the favourites for promotion.
In a warm and windy session that started five minutes late, Jonathan Rea ran a string of fast laps before popping back for new tyres, five minutes from the end of the session. With the new rubber on, he put in two more laps before facing the chequered flag and set the fastest time of the weekend on the last lap.
The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this time, David Emmett and Steve English get together to discuss the state of the WorldSBK series. In a long-ranging conversation, we cover a lot of ground, and Steve gives his deep insight into the goings on behind the scenes at the championship.
Sheridan Morais took top spot off Kenan Sofuoglu with just over ten minutes remaining in the session.
In what seems like an ominous portent for the weekend, both Kawasakis consistently topped the session, with Leon Camier, Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes only joining them with 1'43 laps in the last ten minutes of the session.
Takumi Takahashi, in his World Superbike debut, was over four seconds off the pace, but he completed 29 laps while Marco Melandri only managed to record two timed laps before he was hit with a technical issue.
Previews of the action at Portimao from the World Superbike teams and organizers:
Portimao prepares for the WorldSBK battle
It’s time to return to Portugal
MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.
Once again, Freddie Spencer gives his insights into the weekend goings on after the latest round of MotoGP. This time it's Misano, and Fast Freddie first turns his attention to the track, and of course the absence of Valentino Rossi, who lives just a few km away from the track. Rossi was out due to an injury sustained riding enduro, and Freddie Spencer then discusses the benefits which riding off road, and especially riding dirt track can bring.
The provisional calendar for the 2018 MotoGP season has been released, and as expected, there are few surprises. The schedule has been expanded to 19 races with the inclusion of the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, which has a contract to host a race through 2020.
The addition of Thailand hasn't altered the schedule much. The 2018 schedule is almost identical to this year's calendar, with just a few minor variations. The season kicks off a week early in Qatar, and to accommodate that earlier start, the time of the race is to be changed to 7pm local time. Starting earlier will mean that MotoGP avoids the evening dew that can render the track so treacherous.
Eighty-five riders raced at rain-lashed San Marino GP on Sunday, and there were 80 crashes. How does Márquez stay on, let alone win, in such conditions?
It was difficult to watch Sunday’s race without imagining a kind of Gollum conversation taking place inside Marc Márquez’s head between his risk-taking self and his risk-averse self (if he has such a thing).
However tiny Márquez’s risk-averse self might be, it was in charge for most of the 28 laps. He wisely decided to let Jorge Lorenzo go about his business and then just as wisely decided to stay behind Danilo Petrucci, allowing the Italian to set the pace. All this while his risk-taking inner beast was surely fighting to get out…
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Michelin after Sunday's rain-sodden race at Misano:
Powerful win for Marquez at wet Misano to take back the Championship lead
Marc Marquez perfectly mastered today’s very tricky wet conditions at Misano, taking his fourth win of the season and the 59th in his career, putting him back at the top of the Championship standings, equal on points with Andrea Dovizioso (with Marquez ahead by virtue of more second-place finishes).
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
DANCING IN THE RAIN
CHAMPIONSHIP: MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM: MARINELLI RIVACOLD SNIPERS TEAM
RIDERS: FENATI N. 5 - DANILO N. 95
BIKE: HONDA NSF250RW
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
CIRCUIT: MISANO - SAN MARINO