Latest World Superbike Results
After the light-hearted fun and games on Twitter yesterday, with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty poking fun at Tom Sykes and his stated dislike of the hills at Portimão, the serious business of qualifying settled all the disputes.
Qualifying was done under the same warm and windy conditions as World Superbike.
Qualifying for tomorrow's race took place in a warm and windy Portugal.
Tom Sykes was quicker than the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes in the untimed practice session.
Michael van der Mark is quickest ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. Sofuoglu fell with over ten minutes remaining in the session and was unable to restart.
Jonathan Rea held off the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli, with Eugene Laverty recording an identical time to Guintoli as the top ten, the ten you'd expect, are all within three tenths of a second. The riders qualified for Superpole One are at least a second off Rea's time, demonstrating a hard divide between SBK and Evo spec bikes.
Tom Sykes was quickest in the second session ahead of Jonathan Rea, but, due to the heat, they weren't quick enough to best Marco Melandri's time from this morning.
Michael van der Mark was quickest in the second session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jack Kennedy, but they were not as quick as this morning's times.
The undulating hills of Portimão leveled the field and let the agile Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes sit behind the fast Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Pairs of Kawasakis and Hondas filled the remainder of the top eight.
Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark go quickest, separated by under a tenth of a second at the end of the session, with Jules Cluzel third quickest.
World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.
The track heated up for the second race and so did the racing.
Nineteen laps of World Supersport racing under a cooler 26º sun.
The World Superbike race was held over 21 laps.
Misano, or Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to give it its full name, was missed off last year's calendar, but its inclusion in the 2024 season was a welcome one. The first four qualifying sessions in World Superbike were led by an Italian on an Italian bike, with Davide Giugliano and Marco Melandri sharing the spoils, giving local fans plenty to cheer about.