World Supersport at Magny-Cours is Kenan Sofuoglu's first match point for the championship and he just needs to finish within three points of Randy Krummenacher to take his fifth title. Alex Baldolini wouldn't start due to an injury from this morning and Roberto Rolfo would start from pitlane due to an engine allocation infraction.
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Davide Giugliano will not be taking part in the races this weekend, being declared unfit. He would miss out on a 21-lap wet race today where Tom Sykes would need to cut into Jonathan Rea's forty-seven point lead if he is to challenge for the title.
Twenty eight riders contested the first Superpole on a damp track with PJ Jacobsen and Lorenzo Zanetti quickest of the Superpole one qualifiers.
Superpole one took place on a damp track after an overnight downpour. Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive wielding the 76 Kawasaki, cosplaying Loris Baz, were the two favourites to progress from their times yesterday, but the damp track favoured Davide Giugliano in morning's wet session.
Kenan Soguoglu was over a second and a half quicker than everyone else this wet morning. Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen were next up, in spite of having a terrible Friday.
The Kawasaki teammates Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest in the morning's wet untimed session ahead of Superpole. Davide Giugliano, who has to compete in Superpole One this afternoon, was third quickest.
With almost everyone improving on their morning's time, it's no surprise to see Kenan Sofuoglu at the top again in the second red-flagged session of the day. The surprise was the fastest ESS rider Illia Mikhalchik in third place just two places ahead of ESS rival Axel Bassani.
Several big names, including PJ Jacobsen in eleventh, missed out on qualifying for Superpole Two.
Chaz Davies continued his morning's form to grab the provisional pole position ahead of Leon Camier and the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. Michael van der Mark made up for his lost morning, sixth quickest, behind Alex Lowes.
Nicky Hayden and Davide Giugliano both surprised with failing to get into Superpole two while Markus Reiterberger and Matthieu Lagrive sit in eleventh and twelfth, the favourites to get promoted to the second session.
Kenan Sofuoglu once again dominated the first hour's session, leading his teammate Randy Krummenacher by four tenths of a second with Jules Cluzel and fast newcomer Niki Tuuli almost a second off the pace.
The first hour at Magny-Cours ended with Chaz Davies quickest, just four hundredths qucker than Jonathan Rea. Xavi Fores held off Tom Sykes who was quickest throughout most of the session. Michael van der Mark didn't record a lap and has not yet qualified as a result.
Pawel Szkopek is not racing this weekend as he has parted company with Team Toth in spite of having his best weekend last time out in Germany.
As the riders lined up on the grid, it started to rain. Immediately, the race start was delayed by fifteen minutes and dropped down to only twenty laps. The riders set up for a quick start procedure with one sighting lap before a reduced grid. It was declared a wet race. After that, the warmup lap was completed and riders lined up at the lights. A few hands went up and the yellow board came out declaring "START DELAYED".
As the rain continued to pour down, the bikes were pulled off the grid and the riders in the safety commission, including Rea, Hayden, Davies and Guintoli, were then summoned to a meeting. Would a race be safe?
After a thirteen week absence, World Supersport returns. Randy Krummenacher closed in on championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu by two points in the summer as Federico Caricasulo lost his second place in Misano from a fuel infraction. Would he be able to close the gap even further?
Nine years since the last World Superbike race at this American-style oval track with a nadgery infield, Noriyuki Haga's lap record would most certainly fall, but how quickly? The Lausitzring was completely dry in time for the first race of the weekend but the riders lined up without having done a race simulation and the rain having washed the rubber build-up off the track. All bets were off.
Twenty-three World Supersport riders poured out of the pits to contest the two promotions and a chance of pole position after a break of thirteen weeks. Kyle Smith, fastest this morning in the wet, and Zalfumi Khairuddin are the two quickest riders yesterday to be in the first session.
After an absence of ten weeks, World Superbike returns to a track that it has not visited since 2007. Jonathan Rea, quickest this morning in the damp conditions, is the rider most likely to get promoted from Superpole 1 with Davide Giugliano or Alex De Angelis most likely to join him.