A number of riders say parts of the Imola circuit are still proving treacherous following a day in which any action was heavily delayed by problems with the track surface.

The World Superbike riders had originally ventured out onto track in the morning, only to return to the pit lane straight away when they declared the circuit was too slippery to be safe.

Organisers spent the next four hours attempting to clean the circuit, with action getting eventually underway for a single free practice session.

Even so, while all riders agreed the conditions had markedly improved in that time, some areas, such as turns two and three, were still proving problematic.

"I don't think I've ever ridden on a track that felt like that," said BMW's Troy Corser. "The track wasn't wet, but it felt like it was, or it felt like we all had flat tyres! It was very strange, but the decision to abandon the first free practice session was the right one.

"I had many, many slides in just the two laps I did and that is not right. It's also what the other riders all felt, so we all knew that there was a serious problem.

"When we eventually went out, at 5.45 pm, the track was definitely better, but there were still at least three areas where you had to be ever so careful. I'm hoping that, as the weekend goes on and more rubber is put down, conditions will improve.

Stiggy Honda's Leon Haslam reiterated Corser's statement, claiming turns two and three are still 'unrideable'.

"The track was basically unrideable this morning, and even in the session we got in the afternoon turn two and three were still unrideable. I just got though that part and concentrated on the rest of the track."

Even Michel Fabrizio, who emerged with the quickest time of the day when free practice did get underway, says he hopes track conditions continue to improve.

"I'm very happy to have made the fastest lap but it was not easy. The track is still very slippery and although I'm fairly comfortable with the front of the bike I was having trouble with lack of grip at the rear. Hopefully track conditions will improve over the weekend."


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