Archive - Race Or Practice Result
February 10th, 2011
Unofficial times from day 1, courtesy of MotoGP.com:
Now that the first test of 2011 for the MotoGP class at Sepang is over, we can put all of the times together. Below are two tables: one with the best time for each rider from the test, and another with the times for all three days, plus the improvements in their times during the test.
Times from the final day of the MotoGP test at Sepang:
Combined times from the first two days of the MotoGP test at Sepang, with the improvement from day 1 to day 2:
Times at the end of day 2:
Times at the end of day 1:
The weather conditions were once again the main protagonist on the final day of testing for the World Superbike class at Portimao, with few riders managing to improve their times from the morning session. Only Noriyuki Haga and Eugene Laverty made any significant progress, moving up into 3rd and 4th respectively in the combined times from both of Friday's sessions.
The World Superbike riders now turn their sights towards Australia, and the opening round of the WSBK season at Phillip Island. Before that, though, there is a final test at the Australian track, to prepare for battle to commence in earnest.
The final session of testing for the World Supersport class at Portimao was once again disrupted by the weather, with the surface sometimes drying, sometimes wet. Motocard.com Kawasaki's Broc Parkes ended the day as the fastest rider, ahead of Bogdanka PTR rider James Ellison, with the Swedish privateer Alex Lundh taking a very respectable third spot, though three seconds off the pace of Parkes. The mixed conditions render the times rather meaningless, but it will surely be a fillip for Lundh to end the day so far up the timesheets.
The track started drying out fast towards the end of the first session for the World Superbike class on the final day of testing, and it was Castrol Honda's Ruben Xaus who took full advantage, grabbing the top spot on the timesheets. Xaus had only Michel Fabrizio close, the Alstare Suzuki rider 1.2 seconds off Xaus' time, while the next man - former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri - was over seven seconds behind Xaus. The times are still a long way off the dry pace - Xaus' lap is over 5 seconds slower than the pole record held by Cal Crutchlow - and dark clouds are hanging ominously over the circuit, threatening more rain.
Testing concludes this afternoon.
The weather is a little better at Portimao on Friday morning, but while the track is starting to dry out a little, it's still pretty damp. The Yamaha of Luca Scassa led the way again, clocking a time in the low 1'57s, finishing ahead of an impressive David Salom on the Motocard.com Kawasaki. Sam Lowes was fastest of the Hondas, the Parkalgar rookie continuing to turn heads at his team's home circuit.
The test for the World Supersport riders concludes this afternoon.
Though the track in Portugal remained stubbornly damp, the World Supersport riders once again took to the track en masse, to get more track time during the second day of the official WSBK test at Portimao. This time it was the turn of the Yamahas to star, Italian "Rocker" Luca Scassa taking top spot ahead of his BE1 teammate Chaz Davies. The BE1 team's last minute decision to swap machinery from Triumph to Yamaha appears to have paid off, at least in the wet. The usual gaggle of Hondas followed, led this time by Step Racing's Gino Rea, with Parkalgar rider Sam Lowes once again impressing, and the Bogdanka PTR Hondas of James Ellison and Pawel Szkopek in 4th and 5th. The Bogdanka boys were also the last riders to get under the two minute bracket.
Testing for both the World Supersport and World Superbike teams concludes on Friday, which is expected to be a little drier than Thursday.
With the rain easing off since this morning, the afternoon saw most of the WSBK riders venture out on the second day of testing at Portimao. The two main exceptions were the factory Aprilia riders of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, who, luckily as it turned out, had been booked to spend the day at a Piaggio event, before flying back to Portimao in the afternoon.
The afternoon saw Johnny Rea top the timesheets, after skipping the morning session, the Castrol Honda rider finishing ahead of Sterilgarda Yamaha's Marco Melandri, the Italian making significant progress at the Portuguese circuit. Carlos Checa was once again near the top of the timesheets, ending the day in 3rd, ahead of the Liberty Ducatis of Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz.
Testing concludes on Friday.
The track remains wet at Portimao, but with temperatures climbing, most of the World Supersport riders present decided to brave the conditions and take to the track. Parkalgar's brand new rider Sam Lowes continues to impress, setting the fastest time of the session, ahead of PTR Bogdanka's James Ellison, a seasoned veteran, though not on a World Supersport machine. Ellison and Lowes were the only two riders to get under the two minute mark, BE1's Luca Scassa taking 3rd spot just shy of two minutes, with Kawasaki's Broc Parkes four tenths behind Scassa.
The weather on Portugal's Algarve coast turned cold and wet overnight, making the prospect of running a lot of laps in pre-season testing a deeply unappealing one to most riders. While most chose to stay in their garages (or like Johnny Rea, seek treatment in the medical center), eight dauntless souls braved the rain and worked on a wet weather setting for the 2011 World Superbike machines. Of the fearless, Carlos Checa was fastest on the Althea Ducati, finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty and Nori Haga. The weather prospects are looking better for this afternoon.