Standings for the World Supersport class after the first race at Estoril:
World Supersport would be split by a red flag turning the race into a twelve lap sprint race.
World Superbike standings after the first race at Estoril:
The race would be twenty one laps of Estoril, the shortest track of the year, with a long grid straight. With a track temperature of 29ºC, everyone used the same rear tyre, apart from Loris Baz who opted for the SCX. Sylvain Barrier would not start after a concussion in the Superpole session.
A wave of blue bikes washed out of the pits as World Supersport qualifying opened up with the Yamahas leaving as one. Without qualifying tyres, hot laps can come at any point of the session.
With the championship able to be decided today, World Superbike qualifying at Estoril, the shortest track of the year, also has lap records up for grabs after a 27-year absence. There would be five unrelated crashes in the first half of the session.
With the top three places once again being shared by three manufacturers, Raffaele De Rosa held off Hannes Soomer and Lucas Mahias for the top spot.
In a session where everyone improved on their morning's time, Scott Redding came out on top, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Loris Baz. Jonathan Rea was fourth-quickest.
Three manufacturers take the top three places with Lucas Mahias leading Isaac Viñales and Raffaele De Rosa.
Scott Redding, with a purely mathematical chance of taking the title from Jonathan Rea, opened up the weekend at Estoril with the quickest time in the morning's session at a track hardly any of the riders have raced at. Behind Redding, there were four Yamahas, headed by Garrett Gerloff and Loris Baz, between him and Jonathan Rea who needs only one point this weekend to take his sixth title.