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Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weekend with the fastest time of 1'54.876, over four tenths faster than Jules Cluzel and over a second faster than third quickest PJ Jacobsen.
At the starting grid for race two, Sylvain Guintoli was absent. This was due to a clutch problem that they raced to resolve. As the grid lined up after the warmup lap, Guintoli's Honda was fixed in time for him to join the grid in last position.
The first World Supersport race in Thailand was Film Wilairot's home round and it was clear, like with Kenan Sofuoglu in Turkey, that he was the man the packed grandstands really came to see race seventeen laps of the Chang International circuit.
The inaugural race in Thailand was held over 20 laps.
An uninterrupted 45 minute qualifying session took place on a 39°C track with an air temperature of 28°C, both very low for the weekend.
Superpole One was contested on a dry track under relatively cool conditions.
Leon Haslam recorded a 1'34.253, the quickest time of the weekend, in this untimed session, as riders tried to make up for the lost timed session this morning. Jonathan Rea was only three hundreths slower, with Alex Lowes a further two tenths behind.
Anucha Nakcharoensri crashed eight minutes into the session and was stretchered away to the medical centre, but he has been deemed fit to race tomorrow.
Jules Cluzel was quickest in the damp session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen.
The session started with rain in sectors one and two, but as riders headed out, the rain picked up and the whole track was wet. Only seven riders recorded seven slow laps and, with six minutes left, Anucha Nakcharoensri crashed, bringing out a red flag.
As the restart was further delayed for clearing standing water, the session was just cancelled.
Superpole positions and quaifying will essentially be taken from Friday's results.
World Superbike added a new circuit for 2015, the Chang Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. The track was designed by Herman Tilke for a wealthy Thai businessman, and former politician, Newin Chidchob who wants to bring Formula One to the country. The track is next to New I-Mobile Stadium, known as Thunder Castle, the stadium for the football team Buriram United, also owned by Chidchob. His aim is to make Buriram the destination in Thailand for sport, as it doesn't have the beaches or mountains that other tourism regions have.
The circuit is 4.554km long and has a 1km straight after the first turn, with a shorter straight to bring the riders back to the very physical infield, and then presents them with a series of turns that eventually bring them back to the start/finish straight. There are twelve turns, seven right, five left, and the track is very flat and wide, ideal for open-wheel cars and very safe for motorbikes, with very little elevation change and large run-offs.
Alex Lowes pipped Jonathan Rea by less than seven hundredths of a second to record the weekend's fastest time of 1'34.685. Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam recorded identical times, six tenths further back. Troy Bayliss was seventh quickest in the second race weekend of his surprise comeback.
The temperature was 36°C under a slight haze.
Kyle Smith was quickest in the second session, with Kenan Sofuoglu ahead of the close trio of Jules Cluzel, Film Wilairot and PJ Jacobsen, all within half a second of Smith's time of 1'38.490. Wilairot's brother Rattapong, a wildcard for this round, was tenth quickest, not having recorded a time in the morning session.
Joint title leader Jonathan Rea set the pace early on and was quickest throughout most of the session. He ended the session three quarters of a second ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes.
Rookie Jordi Torres was third quickest, beating Chaz Davies by five hundredths of a second.
PJ Jacobsen opens the weekend with the fastest time in an extended seventy-five minute session. Kyle Smith and Kenan Sofuoglu beat local rider Film Wilairot, swapping the top spot until Jacobsen closed the session with a 1'38.592.
Rain was showing south of the track, but luckily it didn't get close to the track and left the riders to get on with twenty two more laps of close racing.