The World Supersport restarted race would be eleven laps and Federico Caricasulo would start from fourth place on the grid, albeit with a ride through penalty still hanging around his neck.
As is customary this weekend, the start of this race was delayed, this time by a red flag caused by Ayrton Badovini's engine exploding into a sheep's worth of cloud on the second lap. The restart took longer than usual as the track was made safe, but eventually an eighteen lap race was started.
World Supersport’s race was delayed initially for a bike that returned to the pits smoking. Safety dictated that the track was checked for oil. After it was cleared, the race was started with sixteen laps intended, down one from the original seventeen, but that was red flagged after two laps due to a Robbie Rolfo crash. The restart lasted four laps before Robbie Rolfo crashed again, joined by Kazuki Watanabe and Marco Malone this time, bringing out red flags again. World Supersport will resume after World Superbike has completed and everyone’s had enough time to figure out the rules. The restart will be 14:20 local time.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying and race 1 for the WorldSBK series:
World Superbike standings after the first race at Imola:
Starting on time, World Supersport qualifying opened with Gino Rea and Robbie Rolfo as favourites to qualify for Superpole two.
After a delayed start due to a power failure that affected tyre warmers (and riders' motorhomes), the riders lined up under a hot Italian sun for nineteen laps of the Imola circuit.
Jordi Torres, favourite to qualify for Superpole two, sat out the first Superpole due to a bout of gastroenteritis, leaving the Hondas of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl as the two quickest men coming into this session.
Federico Caricasulo retakes the top spot in this untimed session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen.
In another session interrupted by a red flag, Chaz Davies sets the quickest time ahead of the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Leon Camuier, fifth quickest behind Marco Melandri, breaks the five-way Ducati/Kawasaki hegemony at the top.
Press releases from the organization and teams after the first day of practice at Imola:
Determined Davies Friday's fastest in front of Imola crowds
Ducati man secures strong opening pace at teams home track
The first day of action at the Motul Italian Round saw Chaz Davies conclude FP2 as the fastest rider on track, with a superb 1’46.229 lap for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati rider putting him ahead of his rivals on the timesheet, as Kawasaki Racing Team pair Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes also registered top three times.
With two red flags, this session took a lot longer to complete than planned. The second red flag was caused by Alex Baldolini's MV Agusta spewing oil on the track, requiring a much longer intervention than the earlier five minute break at the start of the session. Kenan Sofuoglu came out on top, over half a second faster than Kyle Smith and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were unable to improve their morning's times but still qualify through to Superpole two from their quicker times from the first session.
Chaz Davies heads to Superpole as the quickest rider, ahead of the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Davies' teammate Marco Melandri was fourth quickest. Eleventh quickest in this session, Michael van der Mark will be relying on his morning's time to qualify him straight into Superpole two. Jordi Torres and Nicky Hayden are the two quickest riders to compete in Superpole one.
The top five riders were all within a quarter of a second of Federico Caricasulo's quickest time, with Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu fending off championship leader Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais. PJ Jacobsen is a quarter of a second further back in sixth place, making it four manufacturers in the top six spots.