Michel Fabrizio led the sole session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at Imola, though he swapped the lead with Shane Byrne and Ben Spies throughout the session. Jonny Rea ended the session in 2nd, ahead of Spies in 3rd, but there is just 0.070 separating the top three.
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Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow dominated practice for the World Supersport class once again, but unlike yesterday, he didn't have it all his own way. Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu shadowed Crutchlow closely, occasionally closing to within one hundredth of a second before Crutchlow pulled out a gap again. Joan Lascorz was the perennial 3rd place man on the Motocard Kawasaki, while Massimo Roccoli finished the session in 4th. Crutchlows main challenger for the title, Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty could manage only the 6th fastest time, 1.2 seconds off the Yamaha.
The World Supersport field were the first class to take to the field at Imola, after the state of the track had caused chaos for the Superbikes. After the track had been cleaned, the riders took to the track, and it was Kenan Sofuoglu who took an early lead. Cal Crutchlow sat in the pits for the first half of practice, but once he hit the track he devasted the rest of the field, regularly being over 2 seconds faster than anyone else on the circuit.
Results of World Superbike race 2 at the Nurburgring:
Johnny Rea held off Ben Spies during the second World Superbike race at the Nurburgring, preventing a Spies double and saving Noriyuki Haga some valuable points, though Haga won't be thanking him for it.
Result of the World Supersport race at the Nurburgring:
Cal Crutchlow got away from the start, while Kenan Sofuoglu crashed out from 2nd place. That saved Eugene Laverty some points, but it still means he gives up 5 more points to Crutchlow, putting Crutchlow firmly in the favorite seat for the championship.
Result of World Superbike race 1 at the Nurburgring:
Ben Spies won the restarted first race of the day at the Nurburgring circuit, after charging through the field to catch and then pass title rival Noriyuki Haga. The race had been restarted after an early pile up saw Makoto Tamada and John Hopkins crash heavily and have to be taken to hospital, where both were checked for broken bones and concussion.
Results of the Superpole sessions for World Superbikes at the Nurburgring:
Johnny Rea took an early lead, but Noriyuki Haga took over top spot with half of the session gone.
Out after Superpole 1: Karl Muggeridge, Ryuichi Kiyonari, John Hopkins, Vito Iannuzzo
Result and summary of Qualifying for the World Supersport class at the Nurburgring:
If Ben Spies had struggled in yesterday's soaking conditions, he had no such trouble during this morning's dry second qualifying session. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider went straight to the top of the timesheets during the session, only relinquishing top spot after Noriyuki Haga hustled his Xerox Ducati around to a top time on his final lap. Spies is now the meat in a Ducati sandwich, with Michel Fabrizio in 3rd, ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea. Spies team mate Tom Sykes continued his run of good form, taking 5th place in the dry, ahead of fellow Englishman Shane Byrne.
With the rain gone and the Nurburgring circuit now dry, if a little cold, conditions for motorcycle racing have improved immensely in Germany's Eifel mountains. Those conditions are irrelevant to Cal Crutchlow, however, as the young Briton continues to dominate whatever the weather. In the dry, Crutchlow extended his advantage to almost 2 seconds over the rest of the field, a prospect which must strike terror into the hearts of those who must try and stop him. Joan Lascorz came closest, a "mere" 1.8 seconds off the Yamaha rider, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty.
Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea is on provisional pole after the first session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at the Nurburgring, in conditions that were a little kinder than the downpour of the early afternoon. Rea was fastest for most of the session, taking over provisional pole from Leon Haslam who had made the early running. But while Haslam slipped down the order, it was a Yamaha R1 that stepped up to Rea's Ten Kate Honda challenge, the surprise being that it was Tom Sykes rather than Ben Spies who was the faster of the two.
With the Nurburgring track starting to dry out a little during practice for the World Supersport class, Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow was back with a bang after the extended summer break. The Briton led from the start and encountered only brief opposition from Ten Kate's Kenan Sofuoglu, setting the fastest time by three tenths of a second. Sofuoglu was the only man capable of getting close to Crutchlow in the tricky conditions, the rest of the field being nearly 2 seconds back.
Rain lashed the beautiful surroundings of the Eifel mountains in Germany, making conditions difficult for the riders at the Nurburgring. Unsurprisingly perhaps the session was dominated by the large British contingent that packs the World Superbike paddock, with Johnny Rea, Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne leading early on. But with 15 minutes of the session left, it was Noriyuki Haga that took the lead, ending the first session of practice ahead of Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea.