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The morning free-practice was run in dry and cool conditions and was dominated by an upbeat Sam Lowes. In the first session, Lowes was just over a second slower than David Salom's 2011 lap record, and over half a second faster than Ronan Quarmby and Broc Parkes, also on Hondas. Sofuoglu in 6th was the fastest Kawasaki.
Brno is one of the widest tracks on the calendar and is a track that doesn't favour a particular manufacturer. The width gives riders plenty of opportunities to pass, and offers more than one line around corners, but nobody was expecting the sheer variety of trajectories taken in the opening laps of the first World Superbike race.
Race Two at Brno would be a dry race with no risk of rain and World Superbikes gifted us with a great race to the flag.
World Supersport started with Fabien Foret's bike taking a nap on the starting grid, just before the warm-up lap. After the race was started, with Cluzel taking the lead, it was red flagged before the first lap was completed as a bike crashed on the grid. Suspicions that the crash may have been caused by Foret's fallen bike leaking on the grid were unfounded as InFront technicians checked the track after the bike fell, implying that there was no loose fluid left behind.
After overnight rain and a very wet Superstock race, there was no chance that it would be declared a dry race, even though almost everyone judged it dry enough for full slicks. The first few laps looked like they would be damp, but the teams considered that it would dry out very quickly.
On a track with elevations that should suit the more horsey four-cylinders, the amount of time that bikes spend on their sides means that it also suits the thumpy twins. Cold weather coupled with splashes of rain meant that it was going to be an interesting and unusual day qualifying, but nobody predicted just how unusual.
Results of World Supersports qualifying at Brno:
Davide Giugliano was fastest again ahead of his Althea Ducati team mate Carlos Checa. Qualifier extraordinaire Tom Sykes was unable to match his morning's time, but with three riders under 2'00, Superpole is wide open.
The track had drops of rain in the first sector at the start of the session, but appears to have cleared up quickly.
Kenan Sofuoglu lead Fabien Foret ahead of four Hondas. The Kawasaki riders were the only riders able to lap under 2'04 today, ending Friday's Honda dominance of the top spots. With Jules Cluzel and Sam Lowes unable to go faster than they did yesterday, qualifying could be split across the two manufacturers.
With cold weather and threatening rain, for the majority of the qualifying session, few riders were able to improve on their qualifying times from yesterday. However, as the sunshine came out and conditions settled, with minutes to go, Tom Sykes took provisional pole, beating Davide Giugliano's time from yesterday, a time that stood throughout most of the session, by one hundredth of a second.
Carlos Checa was the only other rider to break under the two minute barrier today.
Davide Giugliano has completed a strong first day at Brno, topping free practice in the morning and then following it up with a provisional pole during the first session of qualifying in the afternoon. The Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, ceding it to BMW's Marco Melandri at the halfway mark, before taking it back with 15 minutes to go despite the rain which had spotted the track throughout. Melandri was demoted to 2nd - just, but less than a tenth of a second - finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty on the factory Aprilia and Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki.
Carlos Checa headed up a pair of Ducatis, putting the second Althea bike into 5th, ahead of Jakub Smrz, while Ayrton Badovini lead teammate Michel Fabrizio, the BMW Italia men taking 7th and 8th.
Broc Parkes sits on provisional pole after the first qualifying session for the World Supersport class at Brno. Parkes swapped top times with Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel throughout the session, eventually coming out on top. There is very little in it, however: Lowes follows Parkes by four hundredths of a second, while Cluzel is another hundredth behind Lowes. Fabien Foret is the first Kawasaki man, nearly seven tenths slower and the last man to get within a second of Parkes' time.
Davide Giugliano has snatched the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Brno. The Althea Ducati rider led a late charge to take over from Max Biaggi, who had in turn deposed Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider having led for a large part of the session. Jakub Smrz of the troubled Liberty Ducati squad ended the session in 2nd, at his home race of the season, while Eugene Laverty just edged his factory Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi. Early leader Tom Sykes was dropped into 5th place, ahead of BMW's Marco Melandri and Giugliano's Althea teammate Carlos Checa.
World Supersport at Brno started with Fabien Foret putting in a fast time that stood for almost twenty minutes of the session, until Sam Lowes took his usual free practice spot at the top, followed by fellow Honda riders Broc Parkes and Jules Cluzel. Last weekend's entertainment, Kenan Sofuoglu, was fifth fastest.