Latest World Superbike Results
The World Superbike championship has never raced in Malaysia and this weekend, the sixth of the season, the iconic MotoGP and Formula 1 circuit Sepang, fifty kilometres from the capital Kuala Lumpur, finally plays host to the series. Tropical weather, as expected, prevailed and an extended seventy-five minute opening session for both classes introduced the teams to 32º temperatures.
Sylvain Guintoli set the fasatest time of the session and the day, while Marco Melandri and Toni Elias retained their top spots with nobody else able to beat their morning times. Davide Giugliano and Tom Sykes got within two tenths of a second of the fastest time, a relief to anyone not on an Aprilia.
Michael van der Mark was quickest in the second session ahead of Florian Marino. Overall times were slower than this morning, leaving Jules Cluzel still holding provisional pole.
Aprilia were confident that Sepang would suit their bike, and in the extended opening World Superbike session, they held all three top places, with Marco Melandri, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli within two tenths of a second of one another.
Jules Cluzel was quickest in a humid opening session ahead of Ratthapark Wilairot. As this is the first ever World Supersport session, it was extended to seventy-five minutes.
World Superbike Race Two was a dry race and the temperature had risen to 18º, with a 28º track.
World Supersport was dry, with 16-degree air temperature and 27-degree track temperature.
World Superbike race one was a dry race, with the sun making a much needed appearance on the grid.
The English rain was, at moments, the worst rain can be without halting proceedings. The morning's free practice was damp, with laps eleven seconds slower than Friday's times, while the wet Superpole laps were seventeen seconds slower. There were wet crashes in both Superpoles, with at least two riders being taken to be evaluated by the medical centre.
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.
In a wet morning's untimed session, Jonathan Rea on the Honda was a second and a quarter quicker than Ayrton Badovini's Evo Bimota and Alex Lowes on a Suzuki. A surprising bunch, but as this is the first properly wet session for the Superbikes, it's as unpredictable as expected. The wet track time will be useful for this afternoon's Superpole session as heavy rain looks unavoidable.