After the light-hearted fun and games on Twitter yesterday, with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty poking fun at Tom Sykes and his stated dislike of the hills at Portimão, the serious business of qualifying settled all the disputes.
Qualifying for tomorrow's race took place in a warm and windy Portugal.
Tom Sykes was quicker than the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes in the untimed practice session.
Jonathan Rea held off the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli, with Eugene Laverty recording an identical time to Guintoli as the top ten, the ten you'd expect, are all within three tenths of a second. The riders qualified for Superpole One are at least a second off Rea's time, demonstrating a hard divide between SBK and Evo spec bikes.
Tom Sykes was quickest in the second session ahead of Jonathan Rea, but, due to the heat, they weren't quick enough to best Marco Melandri's time from this morning.
The undulating hills of Portimão leveled the field and let the agile Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes sit behind the fast Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Pairs of Kawasakis and Hondas filled the remainder of the top eight.
Press release previews from the World Superbike and World Supersport ahead of this weekend's Portuguese round of WSBK:
WSBK heads to Algarve for Round 8
World Superbike at Misano, the seventh round of thirteen, offered a chance for Ducati to finally get a win on the Panigale, and a fairy tale result in Italy would round out the excellent work they did in qualifying.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
Sykes wins opening WSBK race in Misano from team mate Baz