Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Portimao:
Lowes looking good in Portuguese sunshine
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes is third on the provisional front row for Sunday's 12thand final round of the World Supersport Championship at his home Parkalgar circuit near Portimao in Portugal.
Phillip Island is the best circuit in the world, according to just about everyone in the MotoGP paddock. At least, that's what they thought yesterday, before they actually rode the circuit, and found out that the recent visits by the Australian GT series and the V8 Supercars have torn the track up and left bumps everywhere.
Carlos Checa sits on provisional pole for the final World Superbike double header at Portimao on Sunday, after topping the first session of qualifying at the stunning Portuguese circuit. Checa led throughout, and unlike this morning, when he was deposed from pole by Johnny Rea, the Althea Ducati rider held off allcomers to retain the top spot. Yamaha's Eugene Laverty came close, getting to within a tenth of a second of Checa, but could not get under the newly-crowned World Champion's time.
Johnny Rea has topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Portimao, the Castrol Honda rider sneaking ahead of Carlos Checa in the final minutes of FP1. Checa had led for most of the first session, the Althea Ducati rider looking like celebrating his 2011 World Championship with another weekend of dominance, but he lost out to Rea at the very end.
Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams ahead of the final round in Portimao:
Kawasaki's Day battles to podium finish at Magny Cours World Superbike to keep championship hopes alive.
The USA's Joshua Day took a fighting third place in the European Superstock 600 race at Magny Cours this weekend but was unable to close the gap to championship leader Jed Metcher, who crossed the line just 0.04 seconds ahead of the young American.