Pole sitter Ben Spies continued as the man to beat ahead of the second World Superbike round in Qatar as he swept to the fastest time in morning warm-up.

Although he was run close by Noriyuki Haga, Spies' time of 1min 59.052secs was still marginally quicker than the competition to ensure that he heads into the races having topped four of the five sessions this weekend.

Spies' Yamaha team-mate Tom Sykes looks in good shape too with the third best time, while Ryuichi Kiyonari and Max Neukirchner will be hoping their warm-up pace in fourth and fifth will be help them build on their lowly grid positions.

Roman riders Michel Fabrizio and Max Biaggi were sixth and seventh, with Broc Parkes eighth on the Kawasaki. However, there was concern for his team-mate Makoto Tamada, who prompted a red flag during the session when he crashed and was taken to the medical centre.

Jakub Smrz and Neukirchner also hit the tarmac over the course of the session, while Troy Corser stopped with a technical problem.

The two races occur at 9.00 and 12.30GMT

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