World Superbike qualifying was twenty five minutes to set a fast lap on a track the series has never raced at and has had only one dry session this weekend. As this morning's weather dried up, slick tyres were fitted in anticipation of dry qualifying.
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As track conditions improved, after a damp Superbike session, Isaac Viñales went quickest in the afternoon's session, ahead of Lucas Mahias, but nobody was able to improve on their morning's dry times.
In a damp session, some fourteen seconds off this morning's pace, Jonathan Rea set the quickest time in the last five minutes of the session, ahead of Michael van der Mark and Miichael Ruben Rinaldi.
Lucas Mahias was quickest, ahead of Isaac Viñales and Philipp Oettl with Andrea Locatelli fourth quickest. Locatelli is seventy nine points ahead of the absent Jules Cluzel and one hundred and six clear of Lucas Mahias, and two victories this weekend will get him his first World Supersport title.
After two weekends at a track that doesn't favour the Yamahas, Toprak Razgatlioglu headed a trio of blue bikes in the top three spots, joined by Michael van der Mark and independent rider Garrett Gerloff. Alvaro Bautista capitalised on his improved pace fourth fastest and Jonathan Rea held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for fifth and sixth places.
All but two veteran riders chose the sprint race SCX tyre, with two weekends in a row showing riders that a long track with a long straight mens fewer laps to spend the sides of your tyres too much. The last of six races at Motorland Aragon, with seventy four race laps already completed, after eighteen laps, they get a weekend off in this compressed championship.
World Supersport started with the same grid as race one, with championship leader Andrea Locatelli benefitting from his rivals being sent to the second row of the grid. Fifteen laps would not pass without incident.
The sprint race, a vast improvement in entertainment over the reverse grid for mixing up the grid for race two, did not offer any surprises in tyre choice, with everyone wearing the softest front and the SCX rear. Ten long laps of Motorland Aragon with twelve points up for grabs for the the winner followed.
World Supersport lined up for their third fifteen lap race around Motorland Aragon, but Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias were penalised places for not slowing for a yellow flag in Superpole as more circumstances landed in favour of Championship leader Andrea Locatelli.
Eighteen laps of the longest track of the season for the third time this year in the first back to back race weekend at Motorland Aragon. After last weekend's races, a third of the grid followed Alvaro Bautista's podium choice from last Sunday of the sprint race SCX tyre.
Andrea Locatelli and Raffaele de Rosa headed into World Supersport Superpole qualifying as the favourites for the front row. Twenty five riders set out, but only a handful are in a position to compete for the front two rows.
World Superbike qualifying for race one this afternoon was contested by 21 riders around the longest track of the season. Again.
With a lead of more than three quarters of a second over Raffaele De Rosa, and over a second clear of everyone else, Andrea Locatelli once again makes it look easy. As the only rider in the top six able to improve his time from this morning, he is looking like a shoo-in for pole position tomorrow.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Jonathan Rea continued their fight over the top spot, with Rinaldi coming out on top, over a quarter of a second quicker than Rea. Chaz Davies, Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding were the only other riders within half a second of Rinaldi's best time. Times were slower than this morning's with the warmer conditions slowing riders down.
Andrea Locatelli ended the morning's session quickest, over four tenths of a second quicker than Raffaele De Rosa and Lucas Mahias.