The Saturday race was 20 laps with an air temperature of 34ºC and a track temperature of 43ºC.
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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.
Nicky Hayden and Karel Abraham fended off Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli in this close untimed session, with the top nine riders all within three tenths of a second of the fastest time.
Film Wilairot set the quickest time in a session that was almost universally quicker than this morning's, with only two riders at the bottom of the list not improving their times. Kenan Sofuoglu reversed his morning's fortunes with the second-quickest time ahead of Jules Cluzel and Gino Rea who also made a noted improvement.
The top ten riders qualified for tomorrow's Superpole Two session, while the remainder of the field will have to fight it out for the remaining two spots.
The second session was much faster with everyone improving on their morning's times. Michael van der Mark was quickest ahead of Sylvain Guintoli. As Friday now determines Superpole qualifying, this quicker session determined which session riders qualified for, with Josh Brookes and this morning's pace-setter Leon Camier just missing out on automatically qualifying for Superpole Two.
Series rookie Randy Krummenacher held off last year's race winner Film Wilairot who returned as a wildcard after being dropped by his team last year. PJ Jacobsen, Jules Cluzel and Kyle Smith rounded out the top five, all under six tenths of the quickest lap. Champion Kenan Sofuoglu languished in thirteenth place.
Leon Camier set the quickest time of the morning, two tenths quicker than Nicky Hayden and six tenths ahead of world champion Jonathan Rea.
World Superbike race two would be like every other race so far, a close-fought battle with thrills and spills.
Tom Sykes hit the apex at turn one first, with his teammate Jonathan Rea right behind him. Davide Giugliano, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes followed. Rea and Sykes swapped back and forth on the first lap and Lowes pushed to fourth place, before drifting off line at Lukey Heights and dropping back to fifteenth place.
The World Supersport race would be 18 laps of the tyre-chewing Phillip Island circuit.
PJ Jacobsen led into turn one, followed by Jules Cluzel, charging though from eighth place on the grid, and kenan Sofuoglu. Sofuoglu quickly took second place then first. Further back, Lorenzo Zanetti had a tank slapper and clipped Anthony West, but both riders stayed upright and heading in the right direction.
The first ever World Superbike race held on a Saturday would be twenty two one-and-a-half minute laps of Phillip Island in Australia, the fiftieth race held on this track.
The Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes took to the front ahead of Chaz Davies, Michael van der Mark and Davide Giugliano. Alex Lowes, Nicky Hayden and Sylvain Guintoli were on the back of them, becoming an eight bike group after dropping Lorenzo Savadori off the back.
World Supersport gets its first Superpole qualifying, with seventeen riders taking part in the first session.
Australian Anthony West, usually known for his wet weather skill, was the first rider to take the top spot, with a 1'34.526. Federico Caricasulo knocked him down a place the lap after. Much like the Superbike sessions, everyone pitted in midway to change tyres, but unlike the big bikes, riders still huddled together for warmth on track, tripping each other up looking for a tow.
Superpole one had thirteen of the slower fourteen riders taking part, missing only Toprak Razgatlioglu who broke his leg in his FP2 crash.
Alex Lowes set an early fast lap of 1'31.452 on his new Yamaha YZF-R1 and beat it the lap after with a 1'30.976, over a second quicker than Jordi Torres in second place, before everyone came in to change tyres.
Xavi Fores took second place from Torres, but Torres took it back almost immediately. Josh Brookes was fourth quickest and hit traffic on his last lap and was unable to improve.
Kenan Sofuoglu was over seven tenths quicker than Randy Krummenacher and a second quicker than Jules Cluzel. Kevin Wahr and Kyle Ryde both crashed out in different incidents, limiting the number of laps they could record.