Jonathan Rea emerged with the fastest lap time during a disrupted second practice session at the Imola World Superbike round.

The start of FP2 was initially delayed by half an hour due to track cleaning, only to be interrupted after just eight minutes due to a fire just outside of the fence at the Tamburello turn.

If that wasn't bizarre enough, a broken drain cover then resulted in the premature end of all track activity for the day, with twelve of the 45 minutes still to be run.

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That meant Pata Honda star Rea, second to Davide Giugliano in the morning session, was left with a slim 0.040s advantage over Kawasaki's world champion Tom Sykes, who marched forwards from sixth in FP1.

Aprilia riders Marco Melandri (+0.114s) and Sylvain Guintoli (+0.176s) claimed third and fourth, with Ducati's Giugliano the only rider in the top 13th not to improve and slipping to fifth as a result.

Giugliano's team-mate Chaz Davies did step up his lap time but still dropped from fourth to sixth (+0.445s), with Rea's team-mate Leon Haslam seventh in both sessions (+0.852s).

The biggest afternoon gain came from Eugene Laverty. 17th in FP1 after technical issues, the Phillip Island winner steered his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki up to eighth this afternoon, just over one-second from Rea.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and top Evo rider Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK) completed an opening day top ten covered by 1.463s.

Laverty's team-mate Alex Lowes dropped one place to eleventh in FP2, while Michel Fabrizio began what is rumoured to be his final weekend with the Grillini Kawasaki team in 20th overall, having been one of five riders not to improve during the strange afternoon.