World Superbike standings after the first race at Estoril:
Fifteen windy minutes would determine the grid positions for race one this afternoon and tomorrow morning's Superpole race. Riders generally spend the first half on a race tyre, usually the SCX rear tyre, and pit in for one last fast lap on the sticky qualifying tyre.
World Supersport Superpole qualifying was a windy twenty minute session. Nikki Tuuli would start race one from the pit lane due to his incident last weekend; his qualifying would be for grid position for Sunday's race.
Scott Redding took top spot off Garrett Gerloff at the flag in the morning's short session.
Dominique Aegerter ended the day quickest, with veterans Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo within two tenths of a second. Philipp Oettl maintained his form with a fourth place on a session where the top nine riders all improvedd on their morning times.
In what's becoming a regular occurence, Toprak Razgatlioglu ended Friday on top of the timing sheets, with Scott Redding in second place after the red-flagged second session. Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff held off Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, neither of whom could improve on their morning's result. Kohta Nozane, bringing out the red flags, ended his day in the medical centre after a turn thirteen crash, but he has been declared fit for tomorrow.
Federico Caricasulo was quickest in the morning's sessiom, ahead of the Kawasakis of Philipp Oettl and Raffaele de Rosa, with six Yamahas rounding out the provisional three rows.
Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest time of the session as the flag came out, over half a second quicker than Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding. Eugene Laverty was quickest independent rider, holding off sixth-placed Chaz Davies. Razgatlioglu recorded the only 1'36 lap of the session.
The FIM today published the preliminary and provisional calendar for the WorldSBK championship for the 2021 season. Like all aspects of international events, it is very much a provisional affair, subject to local and regional restrictions on movement and events in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The biggest change to the season is the rescheduling of the Philip Island round of WorldSBK. Instead of being the opening race of the season, it is now due to take place in the second half of November, with a date still to confirmed. Travel to Australia is still nigh on impossible, but the hope is that restrictions will look very different by the end of 2021, as vaccines start to be rolled out.
The last race of the year, 21 laps of Estoril, would determine the manufacturer's championship, with Kawasaki leading Ducati by eighteen points, leaving both in with a chance of taking it.