Tech 3's Yuki Takahashi was the fastest man on the second day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez, just squeaking ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding and Ant West on the MZ. Takahashi's time was half a second slower than yesterday's fastest man Toni Elias, who today was just 5th fastest and three quarters of a second slower than his time from Saturday.
So far, this final Moto2 test has shown how close the field has become in the class, and shaken up the list of favorites a little. The top 20 riders are all within a second of each other, with 20th place man Karel Abraham just 0.938 behind Takahashi. Kenny Noyes, the American who has been so fast in the earlier tests is now down the order in 12th, though still only half a second off the fastest time at Jerez, while Scott Redding had been languishing near the bottom of the timesheets in previous tests, and has now leaped up into 2nd spot. Testing concludes tomorrow.
Marc Marquez was the fastest 125 rider of the second day of the final test at Jerez. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider finished the day nearly three quarters of a second ahead of Bancaja Aspar's Nico Terol, and nearly a full second faster than yesterday's fastest man Pol Espargaro. Espargaro's Derbi teammate Efren Vazquez was 4th, while Bradley Smith could only manage the 7th fastest time. Testing concludes tomorrow.
Results and summary of World Superbike Race 2 at Portimao:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Portimao:
Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Portimao:
Results of the first day of testing for the 125 cc class at Jerez:
Results from the first day of testing for the Moto2 class at Jerez, courtesy of Bikeracing.it:
Results of qualifying for the World Supersport class at Portimao:
Results and Summary:
Results and summary of Superpole:
Leon Haslam returned to the top of the timesheets in the final session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Portimao. The Alstare Suzuki rider took over from Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow who had led for the first half of the session. Althea Ducati's Shane Byrne made it an all-British top 3, with Byrne's teammate Carlos Checa finishing in 4th.
Results of FP2 for the World Superbike class:
With four weeks between the Phillip Island and Portimao rounds of World Superbikes, Kawasaki's Chris Vermeulen had hoped to have sufficient time to recover from the horrific knee injury he suffered in a crash. Sadly for the Australian, that has not proved to be the case, and after taking a lap of the demanding Portuguese circuit, Vermeulen decided to pull out of the event. Here he is, explaining the decision in a video posted on his Youtube channel yesterday:
Jakub Smrz shook up the World Superbike field by shooting to the top of the timesheets and snatching provisional pole during the second session of qualifying at Portimao. The Czech Pata S&G rider looked like leading a Ducati clean sweep lat on in the session, Smrz leading Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio and Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa, with only Leon Haslam the only non-Ducati on the front row, holding off Noriyuki Haga to keep 4th. But the final minutes of practice saw the field shake out and some diversity of equipment emerge.
Smrz hung on to the provisional pole, but only on a technicality, with Aprilia's Max Biaggi setting the same time as the Pata S&G rider. Michel Fabrizio followed a whisper behind, just seven thousandths separating his time from Smrz' and Biaggi's, while a relatively fast thirty four thosuandths separated 4th place man Leon Haslam from Smrz. Johnny Rea took 5th, just a few thousandths behind, and five hundredths slower than Smrz and Biaggi.
Carlos Checa ended the session in 6th, the first man to be over a tenth of a second behind Smrz, while James Toseland took 7th on the Sterilgarda Yamaha and Nori Haga finished in 8th. Tom Sykes set a very respectable 9th fastest time, just under half a second from Smrz and Biaggi.