Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1:
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Twenty five riders fought in Superpole One, the first qualifying where the World Supersport contenders were joined by the ESS riders competing for the European-round-only FIM Europe Supersport Cup. The two championships run alongside each other at all the European rounds, and ESS competitors get world championship points.
Superpole One opened at a very early 10:30 local time. Riders in the first session don't have the qualifying tyre available.
Kenan Sofuoglu was quickest ahead of impressive FIM Europe Supersport Cup, the class within the class, rider Axel Bassaini.
In a slower session than yesterday, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes held off Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden with Jonathan Rea less than half a second off Davies's pace, fifth quickest.
Jules Cluzel ends Friday on top, ahead of Axel Bassani and Lorenzo Zanetti. Roberto Rolfo was the third MV Agusta in the top four and the championship contenders Kenan Sofuoglu, Randy Krummenacher and PJ Jacobsen languished outside the top six.
With Superpole entry decided with the two one-hour sessions on Friday, getting up to speed quickly is more important than last year, and all but one rider, Karel Abraham, improved on their morning's times to determine which session they qualify in tomorrow. Tom Sykes was quickest, almost a second quicker than Chaz Davies's time set in the first hour, with Davies and Michael van der Mark completing the provisional front row. Lorenzo Savadori, reigning FIM Superstock 1000 champion, was an impressive fifth quickest, between Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea on the provisional second row.
Red flags were brought out with just over nine minutes remaining and Kyle Ryde and Glenn Scott were taken to the medical centre after crashing at turn two. After the restart, Jules Cluzel set the fastest time three times before the session ended, with Randy Krummenacher, Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen also putting in their fastest times before the flag came out. Glenn Scott was taken to Alcaniz Hospital for a left tibia open fracture.
Chaz Davies opens the first European round of World Superbike with the quickest lap on his Ducati Panigale ahead of the Hondas of Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes make it four manufacterers in the top five quickest bikes while the BMW and Aprilia of Jordi Torres and Alex De Angelis fight it out for the top speed in tenth and eighteenth respectively.
Race two in Buriram was highly anticipated after yesterday's close finish and the venue was packed, just like last year, with manufacturers bussing in eager fans.
World Supersport raced seventeen laps in Buriram, with an air temperature of 33ºC and a track temperature of 39ºC.
The Saturday race was 20 laps with an air temperature of 34ºC and a track temperature of 43ºC.
Fifteen riders contested the first Superpole session in warm and humid conditions. Ratthapong Wilairot, not as we reported earlier last year's race winner Film Wilairot, went into Superpole as the favourite.
Kevin Wahr set the first quick lap but Federico Caricasulo, second in the championship, looked on pace to take the top spot before he met traffic. Decha Kraisart, a Thai wildcard on a Yamaha Thailand bike, went quickest the halfway mark and everyone pitted in.
Superpole one was the customary fifteen minutes with all but the top ten and without the use of qualifying tyres.
Josh Brookes opened Superpole but it was Leon Camier who set the fastest first lap, nine tenths quicker. Karel Abraham knocked another half second off that next lap. As Xavi Fores took second place, everyone pitted in for the traditional mid-session tyre change. Riders don't get to use the sticker qualifying tyres in the first Superpole session, a new regulation for 2016, but that doesn't stop most riders taking two short runs instead of one long.
Title leader Randy Krummenacher and Kyle Smith dipped under the 1'39s in this morning's fast session, with five riders all quicker than Film Wilairot's best qualifying time from yesterday.