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2017 Portimao World Superbike FP3 Results: Sykes Escapes Major Crash With Minor Injury

Tom Sykes has been declared unfit after a crash that brought out a red flag in this morning's untimed session. As he crested the hill before turn nine, the Kawasaki's rear seemed to lose grip and snap out, causing a high-speed wobble there was no recovery from. Sykes came down the right hand side of the track, with his bike bursting into flames next to him, flames licking his leathers. Luckily he stopped sliding before the bike did and excaped with a dislocated finger on his left hand.

After the delay, the session was restarted and topped by Jonathan Rea ahead of Chaz Davies.

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2017 Portimao WorldSBK Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases after the first day of practice for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP teams at Portimao:


Rapid Rea leads the way on day one
Reigning Champion fastest man in Portugal, ahead of Ducati pair

A late hot lap in FP2 on Friday afternoon at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal gave the reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) the top spot on the timesheet, more than half a second clear of his nearest rival.

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2017 Portimao World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Increases The Pace

With Sheridan Morais unable to improve on his morning's time, Kenan Sofuoglu took control, setting the fastest time of the day, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias. Morais's morning time, however, was good enough for second quickest overall.

Kyle Smith and Christoffer Bergman, the Öhlins test rider, were the two quickest riders to miss out on automatically qualifying for Superpole two and head into tomorrow's qualifying the favourites for promotion.

Qualifying Results:

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2017 Portimao World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Quickest Ahead Of Melandri

In a warm and windy session that started five minutes late, Jonathan Rea ran a string of fast laps before popping back for new tyres, five minutes from the end of the session. With the new rubber on, he put in two more laps before facing the chequered flag and set the fastest time of the weekend on the last lap.

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