Another warm day in California and the last race before the summer break opened again with the American national anthem, this time performed on a trumpet.
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The weather in California was hot and sunny as the riders listened to the American national anthem before the twenty-five lap race. The Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri were coloured in the new “Final Edition” Panigale colours.
Laguna Seca is a shorter track than most on the calendar, giving riders the opportunity to get an extra lap or two per Superpole session.
In the morning's untimed session, Jonathan Rea was quickest ahead of Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes finally beat Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty, ending a session in the top three for the first time this weekend.
Chaz Davies ends the day quickest in spite of being unable to improve on his morning's time. He's joined at the top by Jonathan Rea who, after the second red flag was lifted with just over three minutes left, put in the session's quickest time, just over a hundredth of a second off Davies's best lap. Marco Melandri was third quickest ahead of Eugene Laverty. American wildcard Jake Gagne, on the Red Bull Honda Fireblade, finished seventeenth quickest.
Leandro Mercado and Raffaele De Rosa are the two quickest men going into Superpole one.
Chaz Davies was ruled fit enough to compete this weekend and he celebrated by setting the fastest time of the session, over two-thirds of a second quicker than Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri.
As with all Sunday races this year, the front three grid places are based on where riders finished in the Saturday race. Twenty laps of Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli under a clear Italian sky. In spite of a tyre acting unusually yesterday, everyone was on the SC0 Pirelli rear. Chaz Davies would not start the race due to his crash yesterday.
Thirty four riders, with Alex Baldolini not competing, started the race of nineteen laps around Misano. Kenan Sofuoglu had trouble at the start of the race with a malfunctioning t-shirt gun that required a change to manual launching, throwing by hand, to get the t-shirts to their intended targets.
Superpole one, contested by twenty three riders vying for the top two spots, was red flagged with ten minutes to go after a couple of crashes.
Twenty one riders lined up for twenty one laps of Misano and everyone chose the same rear tyre and Chaz Davies didn’t fit the carbon wok to his rear wheel.
Superpole one took place on a warm morning. Eleven riders competed for two places with Lorenzo Savadori and Randy Krummenacher in the top two spots.
Lucas Mahias opened the day with the morning's quickest lap, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo was quickest early on but ended the untimed session in fourth place.
Marco Menaldri sets the fastest time of the weekend, nine thousandths of a second quicker than Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes round out the top four in this untimed session.
Kenan Sofuoglu heads into Superpole with the best lap, setting the quickest time ahead of a resurgent Gino Rea. This morning's fastest man, Federico Caricasulo, couldn't improve on his morning's time and ends the day fifth quickest, behind PJ Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel.
Thirty five laptimes were cancelled, mostly for exceeding turn eleven's boundaries, but some were for turn six and sixteen.
Jonathan Rea was the only rider in the top four to improve on his morning's time, with Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri all relying on times from Free Practice one. Leon Camier was able to go quicker but remained fifth quickest overall. Lorenzo Savadori and Randy Krummenacher are the quickest two riders to miss out on qualifying directly for Superpole two.