Latest World Superbike Results
Late night superpole under the lights at Qatar, with Marco Melandri entering the first session as the man most likely to be promoted.
Nighttime World Supersport qualifying at Qatar.
Jonathan Rea continues to post fast times on his Honda CBR1000R while the Kawasaki pairing of Tom Sykes and Loris Baz are between him and Sylvain Guintoli. Marco Melandri continues his poor form, over a second off Rea's fast lap.
In what looked like it was going to be another weekend of dominance by Michael van der Mark, Kenan Sofuoglu ekes past at the last minute, with a 2'02.576. Van der Mark and Jules Cluzel were within a tenth of a second of the Turkish rider, while Film Wilairot was three tenths further back.
On the last Free Practice session of the day, moved forward from Saturday due to the nighttime schedule, Davide Giugliano recorded the first 1'57 lap of the weekend, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Sylvain Guintoli. Loris Baz, who narrowly avoided a high-speed crash with Gabor Rizmayer in the previous session, was fourth quickest.
While Michael van der Mark again takes the fastest slot, French Supersport champion Lucas Mahias, on his second wildcard ride of the year, goes second quickest under the lights of Losail.
Eugene Laverty increased the pace in the second of three sessions today, with Chaz Davies close behind. Sylvain Guintoli continues to be the quicker of the title challengers.
Newly crowned world champion Michael van der Mark was quickest by almost a second, ahead of Florian Marino and Lorenzo Zanetti with Jules Cluzel in fourth place.
Opening the last World Superbike weekend of the year, Jonathan Rea was the quicker of the three riders with laps under two minutes. Loris Baz and Alex Lowes joined him with championship contenders Sylvain Guintoli fourth quickest and Tom Sykes ninth quickest.
The rain made for a challenging set of races today, with attrition and setup playing a large part in today's races, but mostly, they'll be remembered for one symbol:
As the weather didn't get any better, the second World Superbike race was also reduced to nineteen laps.
Jules Cluzel wore comedy windscreen wiper glasses on the grid, reminding us that this would be a race on a wet track. Like the World Superbike race, this too was reduced, to seventeen laps.
It rained this morning but the rain had stopped by the time the race started, but the conditions meant that the race was reduced from twenty-one to nineteen laps.
Qualifying for World Superbike's penultimate pair of races for 2014 took place today, and the French circuit of Magny-Cours, designed by the ubiquitous Hermann Tilke, had been resurfaced in places since last year, making the track a little bit quicker. Rain has been predicted as possible tomorrow, which would mean qualifying is merely an indicator of where everyone starts the race and not a prediction of pace.