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The last race of the day, only five minutes later than advertised, would be the full twenty one laps in the dry, most of the dampness having left the track.
The World Supersport race was shortened for scheduling, and it was still damp enough for everyone to fit intermediate tyres. The race started with Kenan Sofuoglu having to fight his way past Lucas Mahias and a very quick off the mark Kyle Smith to take the lead.
Once clear, Sofuoglu built a five second lead in three laps with PJ Jacobsen in second seeing his title hopes disappearing into the distance. Then, a red flag came out for fluid on the track and they would have to start again.
The restart was a dry eleven lap race, starting from their positions in the shortened session as opposed to their qualifying positions, with the front row being Kenan Sofuoglu, PJ Jacobsen and Kevin Wahr. Baldolini would not start, leaving a gap on the second row.
The morning's wet warmup was red-flagged as Reiterberger spilled oil on the track. The race start was delayed and the race would be reduced to nineteen laps. In deference for the conditions, riders were shod in the new wet tyres, front and rear.
World Supersport qualifying wasn't any drier than Superpole.
A wet Superpole in France and all bets were off. Without a choice of tyres, everyone apparently getting the new wet weather Pirelli, we would not get the usual shift on a race tyre followed by a shift on a qualifying tyre as the better tactic is to just go out and get as many laps in fourteen minutes as possible.
Tom Sykes was quickest, ahead of Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Leon haslam, in this untimed session.
PJ Jacobsen pipped fast local man Lucas Mahias and title rival Kenan Sofuoglu while Alex Baldolini sneaked into the top four. Sofuoglu's time from the Friday morning is still the quickest of the weekend so far.
With nobody beating Jonathan Rea's quickest time from yesterday, Chaz Davies was quickest this morning, ahead of Rea, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes.
Superpole qualifying will have Luca Scassa and Matteo Baiocco as the two favourites in Superpole One to get promoted to Superpole Two. Impressive German wildcard Markus Reiterberger qualified for Superpole Two.
Jonathan Rea was the only rider under the 1'38 mark, heading off Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes. Sylvain Guintoli, in front of his home crowd, was the only rider not to improve on his morning's time.
Lucas Mahias leads the session ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen. Gino Rea missed out on this session having crashed spectacularly at the end of this morning's session, ending it prematurely.
Tom Sykes leads the four riders under 1'39, comprising of Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies. The top eight all posted times under two thirds of a second off Sykes's fast time.
Kenan Sofuoglu ended the session with over a second between himself and third quickest. The fast Frenchman Lucas Mahias was the only rider able to get close to him, just under four seconds back. PJ Jacobsen, Gino Rea and Marco Faccani were within a second and a half of Sofuoglu's time. Jules Cluzel's qualifying time from last year of 1'40.550 is still over a second off, though.
2015 Jerez World Superbike Post-Race Test: Baiocco Fastest On Qualifiers, Kawasakis Quickest On Race Rubber
The vast majority of the World Superbike grid stayed on at the Jerez circuit on Monday, to continue work for the remaining two rounds of the WSBK season. Work was focused primarily on set up, and especially electronics, with Pirelli bringing new tires for the riders to try.
Ducati worked on electronics, including traction control and engine braking strategies, as well as some new fork parts to optimize front end feel. Kawasaki had new engine and chassis parts to test, the bike working well enough to finish as fastest on race rubber. The focus for freshly-crowned WSBK champion Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes was improving performance during the second half of the race, when tire wear starts to play a role.
Aprilia had a lot of work to do, chasing power delivery through electronics and also chassis set up. Honda were less busy, having new brakes to test and playing around with chassis geometry. Crescent Suzuki had the easiest day, choosing not to participate in the test on Monday.
The temperature climbed to 29ºC, taking the track to a slow 43ºC.
With Jules Cluzel out of the race this weekend, it would fall to PJ Jacobsen to keep championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu in check.