World Supersport was eighteen laps of a cool Estoril as a cloudy sky limited the temperature to 20ºC. Dominique Aegerter led the championship by thirty points at the start of the race.
World Superbike race one was twenty one laps on a cold track as the clouds held off the sun a a 19ºC and 31ºC track. Jonathan Rea fitted the development front tyre and a harder rear than his direct competition.
Fifteen minutes for World Superbike to determine the grid for this afternoon's race opened under a cloudy sky but rain had still not made an appearance. Garrett Gerloff joined Michael van der Mark in being ruled unfit for the remainder of the round after a crash in this morning's free practice session, suffering an injury to his left knee. Xavi Fires was pulled off Eurosport commentary duties and plonked on a Ducati to replace an injured Philipp Oettl.
World Supersport superpole started with Moto-E and World Supersport championship leader Dominique Aegerter dominating the free practice sessions, with multiple laps quicker than the rest of the grid. The Ducatis were gifted a few more horsepower in the Next Generation rules.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was quickest in a foggy session as rain threatened, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista. The leading trio's teammates took the next three spots with Michael Ruben Rinaldi the best of the rest.
Dominique Aegerter was the only rider in the 1'39s as he set a new lap record ahead of Jules Cluzel, Andy Verdoia and Glenn van Straalen in a top-four Yamaha lock-out. The Ducatis of Federico Caricasulo and Nicolo Bulega were fifth and sixth quickest.
The three championship frontrunners topped the afternoon's timing sheet, with Toprak Razgatlioglu leading Alvaro Bautista by under two tenths of a second. Third-quickest Jonathan Rea was fourth quickest overall as he couldn't beat Garrett Gerloff's time from the morning's session. Xavi Vierge was quickest Honda with Loris Baz quickest BMW.
Lorenzo Baldassarri led Dominique Aegerter and race winner Andy Verdoia in the morning's session, locking out the top three spots with Yamahas. Federico Caricasulo's Ducati was fourth quickest.
Garrett Gerloff opened the weekend in a sunny Estoril holding off Toprak Razgatlioglu, demonstrating the strengths of the Yamaha at this track, with Alvaro Bautista, half a second off Gerloff's pace, beating Andrea Locatelli to third place.
Michael van der Mark has been declared unfit for the weekend after a crash five minutes into the morning's session that brought out the red flags.
The WorldSBK championship is to look a little different in 2022. Though the length will stay the same as in 2021 - 13 rounds - the order is to be reshuffled a little, with the intriguing prospect of a possible race at Istanbul Park in Turkey during the season.
The season kicks off later than usual, with Phillip Island likely to be moved to the end of the year, possibly as the season finale held after the Indonesian round at Mandalika Circuit. Racing starts at the Motorland Aragon circuit, before heading north to Assen for the Dutch round of WorldSBK, which returns to its more normal date. After a four-week break, the series reconvences in Portugal for a race at Estoril.
The WorldSBK calendar heads east to Italy after that, for a race at Misano in June, before having a month off between the UK round at Donington Park. Two weeks later, the series travels to the Czech Republic to visit Most for the second time.