Behind Giugliano, Rea and Guintoli the top six was completed by Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes. David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) would end up the fastest rider in the EVO category, finishing a respectable 9th overall and only 1.7s from Giugliano and 0.2s faster than wildcard rider Ivan Goi who was the second EVO classified rider. Eugene Laverty struggled throughout the session with set-up, managing only one flying lap to finish 18th.
With blistering temperatures gracing the Imola circuit, the World Supersport riders enjoyed two sunny sessions ahead of the 4th round of the championship on Sunday. The Italian track always provides close racing and judging by the Free Practice times from today, Sunday’s race could be a nail biter.