A white flag with a red cross was out for most of the session, indicating rain on certain portions of the track.
Maxime Berger did what looked impossible at one point; he put a Ducati at the top of the timing sheet for quite a few minutes as he was the only rider circulating for a good ten minutes, with only the visiting Sergio Gadea putting in anywhere close to as many laps as Berger.
As the track dried, normal service was resumed with Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam and Max Biaggi kicking Jakub Smrz off the top spot. Sykes recorded an incredible 339.5kmh top speed on his way to the top. Riders seemed confident enough to risk their bikes to get a good setting in spite of the single bike rule that would punish a crash harshly. Eugene Laverty, Jakub Smrz, Max Biaggi, Chaz Davies and John Hopkins all crashed out (Rider OK), as everyone else pitted in for the last few minutes; the rain had returned with a vengeance.
One weekend, we will be able to talk about the racing without mentioning the weather. One weekend, but not this one.
|1||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'42.766|
|2||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'43.337||0.571|
|3||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'44.502||1.736|
|4||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'45.409||2.643|
|5||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'45.863||3.097|
|6||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'45.916||3.150|
|7||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'46.097||3.331|
|8||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'46.986||4.220|
|9||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'47.063||4.297|
|10||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||1'47.116||4.350|
|11||18||AITCHISON M||BMW S1000 RR||1'47.495||4.729|
|12||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'47.907||5.141|
|13||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'48.579||5.813|
|14||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'48.869||6.103|
|15||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||1'49.021||6.255|
|16||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'49.133||6.367|
|17||199||GADEA S||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'49.656||6.890|
|18||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'49.989||7.223|
|19||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'57.373||14.607|
|20||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||2'04.393||21.627|
|21||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'09.001||26.235|