World Superbike Superpole at Portimao opened with Toprak Razgatlioglu being the quickest rider, but with riders having the option of what should be called the Tom Sykes tyre, he would have his work cut out for him if he intended to get a front row start.
Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark kept Yamaha on top in the last free session.
Loris Baz ended the session quickest, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu. and Jonathan Rea. Rea held the top spot for most of the session, but ten minuted from the end, riders started putting in fast laps to clutter up the top of the sheets. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was the quickest Ducati throughout the session, with Redding only breaking into the top ten in the last few minutes. Tom Sykes was sixth quickest, still within three tenths of a second of Baz's time, and Michael van der Mark was only four tenths off the pace in seventh.
Weather was not as punishing as last weekend in Jerez, with an air temperature of 26ºC.
Loris Baz set an early fast time, but ten minutes in, Jonathan Rea briefly held the top spot until Loris Baz took it right back with a 1'43.029, A further five minutes and Rea set a 1'42.803. After the quicker riders took a mid-session break, Toprak Razgatlioglu set a 1'42.103 and was joined by Michael van der Mark, knocking Rea to third place, but nobody could get within six tenths of Razgatlioglu.
WorldSBK standings after the second race at Jerez:
As the air temperature hit thirty five degrees centigrade, fun-loving Toprak Razgatlioglu did some show-boating on the sighting lap, in spite of a lack of audience. After a quick wheelie, he did a slow rear slide that turned into the simplest lowside crash, spinning in the middle of the track. He picked it up and sheepishly made the grid for the race start.
WorldSBK standings after Sunday's Superpole race at Jerez:
The ten lap Superpole race was contested at lower temperatures than yesterday's full-length race and would decide the grid for this afternoon's race. With almost everyone armed with the Superpole race Pirelli SCX tyre, tyre choice would not be a factor in the race.
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Jerez:
Twenty hot laps of Jerez with the first World Superbike race in five months. At least four riders are capable of taking the title in the shortened calendar.