Fifteen windy minutes would determine the grid positions for race one this afternoon and tomorrow morning's Superpole race. Riders generally spend the first half on a race tyre, usually the SCX rear tyre, and pit in for one last fast lap on the sticky qualifying tyre.
Tito Rabat joined the regular early starters Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, but it was Toprak Razgatlioglu who set the first benchmark time of 1'36.944 only to have it deleted for exceeding the track limits. Jonathan Rea set a 1'36.635 with Lucas Mahias a quarter of a second behind. Garrett Gerloff, Alex Lowes, Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty rounded out the top six as riders pitted in.
And relax, sit down, have a cuppa. Your new tyre will be ready shortly.
Scott Redding and Tito Rabat set out early, avoiding the rush, with Jonathan Rea joining them a minute later. Rabat's plan to get a tow from Scott Redding didn't work out as well as he would have liked with Redding setting a new record of 1'36.047. Jonathan Rea, without any traffic to distract him, set an even quicker 1'35.876. Alex Lowes was third quickest, holding off late charges from Toprak Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff. Tom Sykes was sixth quickest. The third row was headed by Michael Ruben Rinaldi, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Lucas Mahias.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'35.876||319,5|
|2||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'36.047||0.171||324,3|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'36.054||0.178||321,4|
|4||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||1'36.164||0.288||317,6|
|5||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||1'36.350||0.474||317,6|
|6||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||1'36.369||0.493||317,6|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'36.532||0.656||321,4|
|8||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M 1000 RR||1'36.604||0.728||321,4|
|9||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'36.863||0.987||314,0|
|10||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'36.892||1.016||325,3|
|11||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1'37.031||1.155||321,4|
|12||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'37.032||1.156||326,3|
|13||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||1'37.128||1.252||319,5|
|14||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||1'37.193||1.317||319,5|
|15||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'37.399||1.523||326,3|
|16||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'37.422||1.546||320,5|
|17||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'37.501||1.625||321,4|
|18||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||1'37.611||1.735||315,8|
|19||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'38.512||2.636||315,8|
|20||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'38.854||2.978||316,7|
|21||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'40.008||4.132||313,0|
|22||76||S. CAVALIERI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'40.288||4.412||304,2|