World Superbikes

WSBK: Portimao Test -- day 2

Unofficial Morning times as reported by Speedweek.eu

Reader Photos: Portimao World Superbikes Test Day 1

MotoMatters.com Andy Doggett is enjoying a few days in the Portuguese sun after attending the World Superbike race at Portimao on Sunday, and was kind enough to send us some of his excellent photos from the first day of testing. He's an amateur, with a consumer DSLR, but he also has an excellent eye. Here's his images:


James Toseland, back in World Superbikes again


Leon Haslam switches from Honda to Suzuki for 2010


Johnny Rea, fastest man on day 1

Post Portimao World Superbike Test Times - Rea Leads The Way - UPDATED

After just a day's rest after the end of the 2009 World Superbike championship, the Superbike field - old and new - are back in action at Portimao. Johnny Rea was the fastest on the first day of the two-day test, finishing a couple of tenths ahead of Michel Fabrizio. Cal Crutchlow was 3rd fastest, confirming that his World Supersport title was no fluke by finishing ahead of Noriyuki Haga on Crutchlow's first time out on the Yamaha World Superbike machine.

Results: 

Superbike

Nakano to Announce Retirement?

A variety of sources are reporting that "Super" Shinya Nakano wiil announce his retirement from competition at a press conference in Japan tomorrow. Nakano, who raced for the Factory Aprilia team in WSBK this past season, had some good finishes but was plagued by injuries in the latter portion of the year. The highlight of  Nakano's twelve year career on the world scene was probably his 2000 season on the Chesterfield Tech 3 Yamaha 250, where he narrowly lost the 250cc world championship to teammate Olivier Jacque in a near photo finish at the season-ending race at Phillip Island.

Video: Max Neukirchner On The Ten Kate Honda

One of the big moves in the World Superbike paddock for next season is Max Neukirchner's move to the Ten Kate Honda team. Now that the first test of the 2010 World Superbike season is underway at Portimao, the Ten Kate team have released a video featuring the Ten Kate riders in action at the Portuguese track. Here's how Max Neukirchner's first day in his new team went.

2010 Racing Calendar Changes Likely

Putting together the calendar for any motorcycle racing series is always a puzzle, depending on a huge number of factors such as circuit availability, travel distance, expense and a host of others. Alongside all of these more obvious factors, the MotoGP calendar also takes into account the scheduling of Formula One. An informal agreement exists between the bosses of Formula One and MotoGP to avoid direct calendar clashes wherever possible, in order to ensure the highest possible TV audiences for both series.

During the last round of changes to the Formula One calendar, the FIA appear to have forgotten about this gentlemen's agreement, as the revised dates have caused three clashes with the provisional 2010 MotoGP calendar announced earlier this summer. The three events that will fall on the same weekend are the Le Mans MotoGP round and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix; the Mugello MotoGP round and the Turkish F1 race; and perhaps most worrying of all, the Misano MotoGP race and the F1 race at Monza, just a few hundred kilometers up the A14 highway in Milan.

Ben Spies Speaks About His World Superbike Championship

If you want to know what it's like to win your first World Superbike championship, you need wonder no more. Ben Spies spoke to Jonathan Green for the excellent OnTheThrottle TV website on Sunday evening about the season, the races at Portimao and how it feels to go to MotoGP as a champion. 

2009 World Superbikes Championship Standings After Round 14, Portimao

Championship standings for round 14, 2009

2009 Portimao World Superbike Race 2 Result - Duel To Line For Victory

Results of World Superbike race 2 at Portimao, in which the World Championship was decided:

2009 Portimao World Superbike Race 1 Result - Crash And Win Impacts Title Chase

Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Portimao:

Portimao Superpole Notes -- Turning it Up to Eleven

Ben Spies said that he that he had trouble getting focused enough to start "holding the thing wide open."  That "thing" of course, is the trusty Yamaha YZF-R1 that carried him to his record-setting eleventh Superpole of the 2009 World Superbike season today at Portimao. Spies had been lagging about a half-second off the pace in practice and the first Superpole session and didn't find his groove until the second outing, where he topped the field, two-tenths of a second faster than Ten Kate Honda's Jonny Rea, who previously had been at the top of the time sheets all weekend. The Texas Terror went out in the third round with a used tire that didn't meet to his liking and subsequently returned to the pits without setting a lap time. Spies' Yamaha Italia crew then fitted a fresh qualifier on the back of the R1 and Spies ventured out with three minutes and change left in the session and merely set the fastest lap ever at the Portugese track, over a half-second faster than his nearest rival, Sterilgarda Ducati's Shane "Shakey" Byrne.

2009 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Results - Updated

Results of the three Superpole sessions, as they happen.

Superpole 1

2009 Portimao World Superbike FP2 Results - Rea

Johnny Rea was the fastest rider in the final session of free practice ahead of this afternoon's Superpole. The Irishman was over a tenth quicker than Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa, with Shane Byrne another couple of tenths behind Checa. In the war for the championship, Ben Spies finished ahead of Noriyuki Haga, but only but just over a tenth of a second.

Results: 

2009 Portimao World Superbike QP2 Results - Rea Consolidates

Johnny Rea held on to provisional pole during the second session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at Portimao. Rea improved his time to finish ahead of Ducati's Michel Fabrizio and Aprilia's Max Biaggi, while Jakub Smrz completes the provisional front row. Noriyuki Haga took four tenths off his time from QP1 to leapfrog ahead of Ben Spies, who could not improve on the time he set yesterday.

Results:

The Portimao Circuit - A Guide By Someone Who Has Ridden It

With this being just the second time that the World Superbike series has visited Portimao, the brand new circuit which nestles in the hills overlooking Portugal's Algarve coast, not very many people have ridden the track yet. That is a shame, as the track is probably the finest motorcycle racing track in Europe, and a case could be made for it being the best in the world.

This lack of experience means that not much is known about what the track is like to actually ride on. Fortunately, freelance journalist John McAvoy was kind enough to offer us the notes he made on the track when he went there earlier this year for a Michelin tire launch. The notes are sometimes hard to read, but worth the effort, and clicking on the picture will open a larger version in a new window. John's report on the tire launch can be found in the May issue of British magazine Performance Bikes, and is well worth picking up a back issue for.

Portimao Track Map and notes

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