Portimao, Portugal

Portimao World Supersport Times - Day 3 Session 2 - Sofuoglu Serves Notice

After the morning session was lashed by rain, the afternoon session for the World Supersport riders was at least dry, if also very windy. At the end of day it was 2007 champion Kenan Sofuoglu who put his name at the top of the timesheets, and a strong showing throughout the three-day test showed he means business on his return to the class. Sofuoglu finished ahead of Triumph's Gianluca Nannelli, the Italian putting on a strong showing to finish with the second fastest time of the day, ahead of Joan Lascorz on the Kawasaki, the other rider who has dominated the proceedings in Portugal.

1 54 Sofuoglu K. TUR Honda CBR600RR 1'47.314
2 69 Nannelli G. ITA Triumph Daytona 675 1'47.965
3 26 Lascorz J. ESP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.983
4 51 Pirro M. ITA Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.248
5 35 Crutchlow C. GBR Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.458
6 1 Pitt A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'48.467
7 50 Laverty E. IRL Honda CBR600RR 1'48.614
8 55 Roccoli M. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'48.874
9 99 Foret F. FRA Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.973
10 127 Harms R. DEN Honda CBR600RR 1'49.372
11 14 Lagrive M. FRA Honda CBR600RR 1'49.457
12 24 McCoy G. AUS Triumph Daytona 675 1'49.650
13 8 Aitchison M. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'49.657
14 21 Fujiwara K. JPN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.998
15 19 Szkopek P. POL Triumph Daytona 675 1'50.122
16 117 Praia M. POR Honda CBR600RR 1'50.232
17 83 Holland R. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'50.446
18 96 Smrz M. CZE Triumph Daytona 675 1'51.282
19 13 West A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'51.341
20 77 Veneman B. NED Suzuki GSX-R600 1'51.347
21 7 Vostárek P. CZE Honda CBR600RR 1'51.554
22 28 Vos A. NED Honda CBR600RR 1'52.123
23 32 Lai F. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'52.404
24 30 Günther J. GER Honda CBR600RR 1'52.845
25 9 Dell'Omo D. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'53.537
26 88 Guerra Y. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.920
27 71 Morillas J. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.103
28 5 Pradita Doni T. INA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.258

Fastest lap during the race at the final World Supersport round in November 2008: Kenan Sofuoglu, 1'46.082

Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 3 Session 1 - Rain And Red Flags

The first session for the Superbike riders was stopped after just a few minutes. The red flag was shown after Yukio Kagayama's Suzuki left oil on the track, and the session was canceled after the heavy rain made clearing it up too difficult. At the time, Michel Fabrizio was quickest, ahead of Ben Spies.

Testing concludes this afternoon. If the weather hasn't scared everyone off, as according to Dutch site Racesport.nl, this afternoon's World Supersport session could be canceled.

1 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 2'01.679
2 19 Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 2'01.715
3 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 2'04.343
4 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 2'05.324
5 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'05.923
6 9 Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 2'07.300
7 91 Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2'08.082
8 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 2'13.128
9 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 2'14.144

Portimao World Supersport Times - Day 3 Session 1 - West Rules In The Wet

The weather reappeared with a vengeance this morning, lashing the Algarve coast and keeping many of the Supersport riders off the track. To nobody's surprise, Ant West set the fastest time in the wet aboard the Stiggy Motorsports Honda, ahead of Katsuaki Fujiwara on the Kawasaki and Matej Smrz a surprising third on the Triumph. Practice is scheduled to continue this afternoon, but with the weather poor, more riders may choose to skip testing.

1 13 West A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 2'02.373
2 21 Fujiwara K. JPN Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.540
3 96 Smrz M. CZE Triumph Daytona 675 2'03.018
4 1 Pitt A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 2'03.546
5 26 Lascorz J. ESP Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'03.768
6 77 Veneman B. NED Suzuki GSX-R600 2'05.042
7 83 Holland R. AUS Honda CBR600RR 2'05.184
8 19 Szkopek P. POL Triumph Daytona 675 2'05.375
9 50 Laverty E. IRL Honda CBR600RR 2'05.550
10 35 Crutchlow C. GBR Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.760
11 32 Lai F. ITA Honda CBR600RR 2'07.662
12 28 Vos A. NED Honda CBR600RR 2'07.712
13 54 Sofuoglu K. TUR Honda CBR600RR 2'08.085
14 5 Pradita Doni T. INA Yamaha YZF R6 2'10.194
15 7 Vostárek P. CZE Honda CBR600RR 2'12.372
16 99 Foret F. FRA Yamaha YZF R6 2'17.158

Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 2 Session 2 - The Shakey Show Continues

On a dry track, Sterilgarda Ducati's Shane Byrne continued to do what he's been doing all weekend: dominate the proceedings. But though the veteran Brit ended the day on top of the timesheets, and half a second faster than Troy Bayliss' race lap record, he didn't have it all his own way. It was Suzuki's Max Neukirchner who topped the timesheets for a large chunk of the session, before Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga deposed the young German.

Shakey Byrne tried to stamp his authority on the proceedings with 40 minutes of the session left, but the impressive American rookie Ben Spies had followed Byrne round to take the fastest time. As the clock ticked down, Byrne put in a blistering lap to snatch back the top time, taking two tenths off the Yamaha Motor Italia rookie's time, and finishing the day with the fastest lap. Spies held on to second spot, ahead of Haga and Spies Yamaha team mate Tom Sykes.

Testing concludes on Sunday.

1 67 Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1'43.294
2 19 Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.484
3 41 Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1'43.487
4 66 Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.546
5 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.657
6 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.674
7 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1'43.767
8 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'43.951
9 65 Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.115
10 91 Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.170
11 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'44.425
12 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1'44.479
13 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1'44.546
14 9 Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.610
15 23 Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.704
16 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'45.108
17 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1'45.179
18 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1'45.260
19 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1'45.278
20 25 Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.393
21 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.446
22 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.672
23 33 Hill T. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.679
24 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.820
25 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 1'46.128
26 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.916
27 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.971

Fastest lap during the race in November 2008: Troy Bayliss - 1'43.787

Portimao World Supersport Times - Day 2 Session 2 - Lascorz Under Lap Record

With the weather playing along, the afternoon session for the Supersport machinery turned out some impressive times. Kenan Sofuoglu's race lap record from November was bettered by no less than 10 riders, with the Spanish Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz once again topping the timesheets. Britain's Cal Crutchlow continued his run of second fastest times, by finishing just 5/100ths behind Lascorz, but ahead of the man who won here back in November last year, Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu.

The surprise of the day went to the Parkalgar Hondas: Miguel Praia set a scorching time to finish fourth on the timesheets, while his team mate and Supersport rookie Eugene Laverty was sixth fastest, a vast improvement from his position on Friday.

Testing finishes tomorrow, though the rain which has been forecast may see some teams decide to pack up early.

1 26 Lascorz J. ESP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.214
2 35 Crutchlow C. GBR Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.264
3 54 Sofuoglu K. TUR Honda CBR600RR 1'45.397
4 117 Praia M. POR Honda CBR600RR 1'45.757
5 1 Pitt A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'45.817
6 50 Laverty E. IRL Honda CBR600RR 1'45.960
7 77 Veneman B. NED Suzuki GSX-R600 1'45.971
8 51 Pirro M. ITA Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.018
9 69 Nannelli G. ITA Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.024
10 99 Foret F. FRA Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.036
11 24 McCoy G. AUS Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.220
12 14 Lagrive M. FRA Honda CBR600RR 1'46.561
13 105 Vizziello G. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'46.633
14 55 Roccoli M. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'46.712
15 8 Aitchison M. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'46.911
16 127 Harms R. DEN Honda CBR600RR 1'47.041
17 21 Fujiwara K. JPN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.095
18 13 West A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'47.270
19 30 Günther J. GER Honda CBR600RR 1'47.508
20 7 Vostárek P. CZE Honda CBR600RR 1'48.131
21 83 Holland R. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'48.311
22 19 Szkopek P. POL Triumph Daytona 675 1'48.331
23 96 Smrz M. CZE Triumph Daytona 675 1'48.364
24 28 Vos A. NED Honda CBR600RR 1'48.459
25 9 Dell'Omo D. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'48.849
26 32 Lai F. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'49.149
27 5 Pradita Doni T. INA Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.338
28 88 Guerra Y. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.480
29 71 Morillas Cuenca J. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.407

Fastest lap during the race at the final World Supersport round in November 2008: Kenan Sofuoglu, 1'46.082

Portimao World Supersport Times - Day 2 Session 1 - Hundredths Separate Top Four

The track is starting to dry out at Portimao, and the World Supersport bikes are starting to fly. Reigning World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt heads the timesheet in the first session, ahead of his Ten Kate Honda team mate and 2007 champion Kenan Sofuoglu. British rookie Cal Crutchlow is third fastest on the Yamaha, ahead of yesterday's fastest man Joan Lascorz on the Kawasaki. But there's nothing in it: less than 1/10th of a second separates the top four men, and Pitt is just 1/100ths of a second slower than the lap record Kenan Sofuoglu set here in November.

1 1 Pitt A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'46.094
2 54 Sofuoglu K. TUR Honda CBR600RR 1'46.153
3 35 Crutchlow C. GBR Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.168
4 26 Lascorz J. ESP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.178
5 51 Pirro M. ITA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.080
6 8 Aitchison M. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'47.372
7 105 Vizziello G. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'47.384
8 69 Nannelli G. ITA Triumph Daytona 675 1'47.502
9 99 Foret F. FRA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.520
10 117 Praia M. POR Honda CBR600RR 1'47.553
11 14 Lagrive M. FRA Honda CBR600RR 1'47.663
12 77 Veneman B. NED Suzuki GSX-R600 1'47.668
13 50 Laverty E. IRL Honda CBR600RR 1'47.811
14 24 McCoy G. AUS Triumph Daytona 675 1'47.968
15 13 West A. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'47.982
16 127 Harms R. DEN Honda CBR600RR 1'48.650
17 83 Holland R. AUS Honda CBR600RR 1'48.746
18 30 Günther J. GER Honda CBR600RR 1'48.887
19 21 Fujiwara K. JPN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.003
20 19 Szkopek P. POL Triumph Daytona 675 1'49.261
21 55 Roccoli M. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'49.416
22 28 Vos A. NED Honda CBR600RR 1'49.687
23 32 Lai F. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'50.388
24 96 Smrz M. CZE Triumph Daytona 675 1'50.518
25 7 Vostárek P. CZE Honda CBR600RR 1'50.650
26 9 Dell'Omo D. ITA Honda CBR600RR 1'50.901
27 88 Guerra Y. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.355
28 5 Pradita Doni T. INA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.564
29 71 Morillas Cuenca J. ESP Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.739

Fastest lap during the race at the final World Supersport round in November 2008: Kenan Sofuoglu, 1'46.082

Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 2 Session 1 - BMWs Top The Charts

Another day, another drenched start to the World Superbike tests at Portimao, and another morning of riders sitting in their garages waiting for the weather to clear. Only fourteen riders braved the morning rain, and as the track started to dry out towards the end of the session, it was Troy Corser who set the fastest time ahead of Ruben Xaus, the factory BMWs finally making a strong impression on the timesheets. Talented Czech Jakub Smrz set the third fastest time, ahead of Shinya Nakano on the Aprilia. Testing continues this afternoon.

1 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1'50.946
2 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 1'51.269
3 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1'51.649
4 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1'52.321
5 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1'53.775
6 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'54.066
7 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'54.085
8 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'54.882
9 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1'58.056
10 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.330
11 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'01.498
12 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 2'05.303
13 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'05.486
14 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'08.162

Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 1 Session 2 - Byrne Leads Again

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne topped the timesheets once again during the second session of testing at the Portimao circuit. The British rider was fastest in both the wet and the dry conditions on the first day of official testing in 2009, putting his satellite Sterilgarda  Ducati ahead of the factory machine of Michel Fabrizio. After sitting out the wet morning session, newcomer Ben Spies hit the track to set the third fastest time, some 4/10ths slower than Byrne.

Max Neukirchner was the top Suzuki rider in fourth, while Noriyuki Haga finished three places behind his young team mate in 5th. Leon Haslam was the fastest Honda man, just ahead of his compatriot Johnny Rea. Broc Parkes was fastest of the Kawasaki riders, finishing just ahead of the new bikes in the series, Troy Corser putting the BMW just ahead of Max Biaggi on the Aprilia, in 15th and 16th places respectively.

1 67 Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1'44.265
2 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'44.468
3 19 Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.652
4 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'44.931
5 41 Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1'44.976
6 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1'45.266
7 91 Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.323
8 65 Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.329
9 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.373
10 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'45.448
11 66 Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.558
12 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1'45.914
13 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1'46.110
14 23 Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.121
15 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1'46.261
16 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1'46.440
17 9 Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.586
18 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.948
19 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.957
20 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 1'47.340
21 33 Hill T. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.639
22 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1'47.699
23 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1'48.269
24 25 Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.274
25 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.800
26 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.187
27 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'53.550

Fastest lap during the race in November 2008: Troy Bayliss - 1'43.787

Portimao World Superbike Times - Day 1 Session 1 - Brits Lead In The Rain

Rain continues along the Algarve coast, and as in the Supersport field, a number of riders have elected to stay dry and relatively warm in the Portimao circuit's capacious and comfortable garages. Of the brave souls who have ventured out, reigning British Superbike champion Shane Byrne is fastest, ahead of Ulsterman Johnny Rea, confirming every prejudice about the British weather. Michel Fabrizio is third fastest, on the factory Ducati.

Testing continues this afternoon.

1 67 Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1'59.151
2 65 Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.081
3 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 2'00.521
4 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'01.437
5 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 2'01.487
6 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 2'01.499
7 41 Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 2'02.142
8 33 Hill T. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.190
9 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'02.206
10 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.221
11 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 2'02.255
12 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 2'02.291
13 66 Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 2'03.913
14 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'04.519
15 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.604
16 23 Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'05.292
17 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 2'05.626
18 25 Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'05.880
19 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 2'05.904
20 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2'06.198
21 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'06.459
22 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 2'07.094
23 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 2'13.713

Fastest lap during the race in November 2008:  Troy Bayliss - 1'43.787

2009 Motorcycle Racing Season Likely To Get Off To A Wet Start

If 2008 went into the history books as a rain-hit motorcycle racing season, 2009 looks like starting off in much the same vein. The full World Superbike paddock is gathering at Portugal's magnificent Portimao circuit, ready for a three-day test, but so far, it looks like they could be disappointed. A number of Formula 1 teams have been testing there for the past few days, and not much testing has been done, as torrential rain, mist and even hail dogged the sessions.

The weather forecast for the next three days only looks a little better. Rain is predicted for Friday and Sunday, with Saturday likely to be the only day with weather good enough to produce meaningful results.

Which is a terrible shame. For all seven factory teams are present in Portugal, and the first chance to see where the complex combinations of new and old riders aboard new and old bikes all stand relative to one another. But there is one minor upside to the dismal weather: conditions during the final round of the 2008 World Superbike championship at Portimao were similarly difficult, and so there is a good chance that the times from qualifying there may prove a decent guide to just how fast the new teams all are.

Both World Superbike and World Supersport classes are due to be testing this weekend, but as well as testing, the riders will also be trying out the new "knock out qualifying" superpole format. At the end of each day, the fastest 20 riders will try out the new qualifying format, to allow the InFront Motor Sports group - the renamed FGSport organization - to test how that format will be run.

But whatever the weather, the Portimao test marks a bright day in the life of motorcycle racing fans around the world. Racing motorcycles are about to take to the track in anger once again, and that means that competitive racing is not far behind.

Imola Returns In Finalized 2009 World Superbike Championship Calendar

The FIM today announced the official and final version of the 2009 World Superbike calendar. The announcement both confirmed some sad news and provided some excellent news for racing fans.

The bad news is that Brands Hatch, the biggest motorcycle race in the UK, and arguably the largest motorsports event in the country, is now officially off the calendar. Its absence is a result of an argument over sanctioning fees between FGSport (or as it is now called, Infront Motor Sports) and MSV, the body which organizes BSB and is run by Jonathan Palmer, which owns both Brands Hatch and a number of other major race circuits in the UK. The arguments may ostensibly be over money, but a whiff of politics hangs over the decision, with the Flammini brothers wanting a great deal more money than last year, while Palmer refusing to pay any more than he did last year. The loss of Brands is a major blow to race fans, both in terms of the circuit - which is a beautiful track, in a rather idyllic wooded area, and in terms of the event. Attendances at Brands were huge, rivalling even the numbers seen at Spanish MotoGP rounds.

The good news, however, is that Vallelunga has been dropped in favor of Imola. There had been rumors that this was to happen, as the track was dangerous and difficult, with a tight section added on in haste to make it eligible for FIM sanctioned international races. And as Vallelunga was thought to be included primarily to draw in Max Biaggi's fans from his native Rome, with Biaggi now a regular part of the series, the need for a round near Rome has been obviated.

The return of Imola sees one of the classic race tracks back on the calendar. Imola has been the site of some classic battles, both in the Grand Prix series and in World Superbikes, but perhaps none have been so famous as the final round of the 2002 World Superbike series, when Colin Edwards beat Troy Bayliss to win the championship.

World Superbike Post-Portimao Test Times

Testing after the final round of World Superbikes at Portimao threw up a few interesting surprises. The first is that Shane Byrne was quick right off the bat, but as Shakey won the British Superbike championship aboard a very similar bike this year, he might be regarded as having a head start. The second surprise was that Ben Spies was so fast. Spies has changed bikes and tires, and so setting such a fast time after just two days of testing is fairly impressive.

Perhaps the most interesting time was the one set by Max Biaggi aboard the Aprilia. The RSV4 is a brand new bike, and the difference between the drawing board and the track can be monumental, as so many factories have found to their peril. So far, it looks like Aprilia have got it right.

The next round of testing for the World Superbike riders is to take place at Kyalami, South Africa, from 10th to the 12th of December. 

1. Shane Byrne (Ducati) 1'43.6

2. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1'43.9

3. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'44.1

4. Tom Sykes (Yamaha) 1'44.5

5. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) 1'44.5

6. Alex Polita (Ducati) 1'44.6

7. Leon Haslam (Honda) 1'44.6

8. Roberto Rolfo (Honda) 1'45.0

9. Regis Laconi (Honda) 1'45.4

10. Lorenzo Lanzi (Honda) 1'46.3

Fastest lap during the race:  Troy Bayliss - 1'43.787

Tuesday Images From World Superbike Test At Portimao

The Dark Knight

 

The Dark Knight's New Steed

 

Heat

 

Spies: Swapping Mat for Max

Saturday Photos From Portimao

You need to find a corner piece to start

 

Clean room

 

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World Superbikes Race 2 Result

1 Troy Bayliss AUS Ducati Xerox 1098 F08 38'26.125
2 Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1098 F08 3.638
3 Leon Haslam GBR HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR 4.356
4 Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.983
5 Fonsi Nieto ESP Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 6.775
6 Troy Corser AUS Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 7.403
7 Carlos Checa ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 7.578
8 Gregorio Lavilla ESP Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR 16.113
9 Cal Crutchlow GBR HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR 16.284
10 Regis Laconi FRA PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse ZX-10R 16.446
11 Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 21.633
12 Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Racing by Grifo's 1098 RS08 22.098
13 Max Biaggi ITA Sterilgarda Go Eleven 1098 RS08 24.089
14 Noriyuki Haga JPN Yamaha Motor Italia YZF-R1 24.117
15 Jonathan Rea GBR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 31.003
16 Ayrton Badovini ITA Team Pedercini ZX-10R 31.136
17 Shinichi Nakatomi JPN YZF Yamaha YZF-R1 31.330
18 Roberto Rolfo ITA Hannspree Honda Althea CBR1000RR 32.272
19 Chris Walker GBR Ventaxia VK Honda CBR1000RR 34.049
20 Sebastien Gimbert FRA Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 YZF-R1 35.028
21 Karl Muggeridge AUS D.F. Racing CBR1000RR 41.669
22 David Checa ESP Yamaha France Ipone GMT 94 YZF-R1 44.889
23 Yukio Kagayama JPN Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 47.366
24 Makoto Tamada JPN PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse ZX-10R 48.733
25 Tommy Bridewell GBR Team NB Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'07.702
26 Shuhei Aoyama JPN Alto Evolution Honda CBR1000RR 1'14.242
27 Luca Scassa ITA D.F. Racing CBR1000RR 1'34.781
28 Luis Carreira POR Benimoto Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 1'37.326
29 Christian Zaiser AUT Grillini PBR Team YZF-R1 1 lap
Not Classified
30 Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Team Pedercini ZX-10R 10 laps
31 Ruben Xaus ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven 1098 RS08 9 laps

 

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