Wet weather continued to plague the Donington round, causing qualifying to be attrition-based.
Tricky conditions in the morning's untimed session let PJ Jacobsen take the honours ahead of Marco Bussolotti, both of whom were a second clear of third place.
Donington Park is the only British round this year, with Silverstone being removed from the calendar. Traveling Britons necessitated a change from the new schedule, pushing start and finish times to breaking point and grouping all three timed sessions to Friday, deciding Superpole entries at the end of the day.
In spite of the track getting a dusting of rain, Kenan Sofuglu set the fastest lap of the weekend as the session ended, deposing Michael Van Der Mark from the top spot. Kev Coghlan fills out the provisional front row with a time under two tenths off Sofuoglu's quick lap.
Michael Van Der Mark put in the quickest lap ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu on a session red-flagged in the middle due to gravel on the track. Sofuoglu was fastest throughout most of the session, but Van Der Mark stole the top spot at the end.
Press release previews of the upcoming Donington Park round of World Superbikes from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams:
With just a single round of the World Superbike championship taking place in the UK, those involved in the series are making a serious effort to try to revive the glory days of British World Superbike races, which saw up to 100,000 fans flock to the events. The charity Riders for Health, the Donington Park circuit, and the UK-based team Voltcom Crescent Suzuki are all playing their part to try to create some more buzz around the event.
The World Superbike weekend opens with the Day of Dreams, organized by Riders for Health to raise money for motorcycle racing's favorite charity. For £15, fans will be able to purchase a ticket giving pit lane and paddock access, catch the World Superbike riders question and answer session and paddock show, get autographs from their favorite riders, and take part in a special Riders for Health pit walk, and get a close up look at the WSBK and WSS machinery. The day will end with a special auction for Riders for Health. For £95, a select group of people will also have the chance to put in some track time under the watchful eye of British legends Ron Haslam and Niall Mackenzie.
At the beginning of a weekend, there are eight riders that can be considered serious dry-weather podium contenders and all of those men are in the top eight of the championship.
Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Imola:
The World Supersport race would be seventeen laps on a windy track at 22ºC.
Press releases from the series organizer and World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Imola:
Qualifying warmed up as the temperature climbed, with Superpole two taking part under a 29ºC sun and on top of a 51ºC track.
A red flag in the middle of the session didn't slow down qualifying, and neither did a rider trying to kick another rider's bike off the track.
Lorenzo Zanetti topped the session ahead of Kev Coghlan and Michael Van Der Mark, while Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to improve on his time from yesterday. Jules Cluzel missed another morning session.