The Althea Racing Ducati pairing of Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa led the field in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship first qualifying session at Moscow Raceway with Giugliano setting the best lap so far of 1 minute 35.074 seconds. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team Ducati) made it a clean sweep for the Ducati riders, with the first four-cylinder machine being that of Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport).
Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) carried on his strong from the morning session to go fifth in qualifying. Top Kawasaki man Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was sixth. PATA Racing Team rider Lorenzo Zanetti claimed a fine seventh on a good day for the Ducati crews. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) was the fastest Honda man, in eighth place.