Twenty laps of Jerez to go and we will know if the title fight is carried on to Qatar.
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Kenan Sofuoglu, the most successful World Supersport rider of all time, is on the cusp of his fifth world title, having missed out on his first bite last race weekend. Only his teammate Randy Krummenacher can deny him the championship.
As the riders lined up to start the first race of the weekend, Jonathan Rea cannot win the title this race, but Kawasaki can tie up the manufacturers title. Most riders took the safer B-compound tyre and only Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes took the softer A-compound.
Gino Rea was declared unfit after his crash in yesterday's second session, hitting another rider's discarded bike, and Lorenzo Zanetti inexplicably switched to Rea's bike from the factory MV. Twenty two riders contested the opening session, chasing the two spots in the second session.
After a morning of increased pace, Superpole one opened and fourteen riders competed for the two slots in the top twelve to qualify for pole position.
Randy Krummenacher went over a second quicker than his provisional pole time from yesterday with Kenan Sofuoglu just under four tenths of a second behind.
Chaz Davies was quickest in the morning's untimed session, beating out Tom Sykes by just one thousadth of a second. Both riders were quicker than Sykes's best time yesterday.
Randy Krummenacher took provisional pole from Kenan Sofuoglu halfway through the red-flagged session with fast newcomer Niki Tuuli third quickest. Sofuoglu was unable to better his morning's time.
With the places for Superpole determined, Tom Sykes came out on top ahead of Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes. Everyone in the top ten improved on the earlier hour long session's results and there are no surprises on the list of names for Superpole qualifying.
Jordi Torres was one of only two riders not to improve on his morning's time, leaving him in eleventh place alongside Lorenzo Savadori as the favourites to go through to the second session tomorrow.
Kenan Sofuoglu was quickest for most of the session with only his Kawasaki teammate Randy Krummenacher providing anything close to a challenge. With only two rounds remaining in the season, Sofuoglu will most likely grab his fifth World Supersport title this weekend.
Xavi Fores held the top spot on the Barni Racing Team Ducati with only Nicky Hayden on the Honda able to get within a tenth of a second of his best lap. Chaz Davies was third quickest on the factory Ducati.
World Superbike race two was twenty one laps of Magny-Cours on a dry track, but one that's a lot colder than it was on Friday.
World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.
Davide Giugliano will not be taking part in the races this weekend, being declared unfit. He would miss out on a 21-lap wet race today where Tom Sykes would need to cut into Jonathan Rea's forty-seven point lead if he is to challenge for the title.
Twenty eight riders contested the first Superpole on a damp track with PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti quickest of the Superpole one qualifiers.