Superpole was dry at Portimao, even though rain has been slated as a possibility for tomorrow.
Eugene Laverty put in a 1'42.659 early on in Superpole one and was joined by his team mate Max Biaggi, before the pair of them returned to their garage, confident they would qualify for the second session. Then, Tom Sykes crossed the finish line, skipping the bike over the crest of the straight spectacularly on the rear wheel, to take the top place. Chaz Davies spent one of his qualifying tyres, as he couldn't make it to the second session on regular rubber, and stole the top spot from Sykes.
In Superpole Two, most riders set out on qualifiers as soon as the gate was opened. Marco Melandri tucked in behind Max Biaggi, tying their qualifying fates together. Checa set the fastest time, until Sykes took it off him with a 1'41.691, beating Jonathan Rea's pole position time from last year.
The final session had a feeling of inevitability about it when Tom Sykes put in a 1'41.415, sliding the Kawasaki out of the final corner spectacularly. Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty were the only other men able to get a lap under 1'42.
For the title fight, Marco Melandri made the front row, but Max Biaggi had to settle for fifth place. Tom Sykes claimed his eighth pole position.
Results after Superpole Two:
|1||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'41.415|
|2||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'41.780||0.365|
|3||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'41.789||0.374|
|4||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'42.015||0.600|
|5||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'42.140||0.725|
|6||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'42.271||0.856|
|7||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'42.717||1.302|
|8||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'43.459||2.044|
|Do not qualify for Superpole Three:|
|9||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'42.767||1.076|
|10||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'42.799||1.108|
|11||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||1'42.995||1.304|
|12||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'43.199||1.508|
|Do not qualify for Superpole Two:|
|13||68||MCCORMICK B||Ducati 1098R||1'43.410||0.894|
|14||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'43.483||0.967|
|15||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'43.863||1.347|
|16||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'44.479||1.963|
|Do not qualify for Superpole:|
|17||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'44.569||1.769|
|18||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'44.790||1.990|
|19||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'44.865||2.065|
|20||5||LUNDH A||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'45.158||2.358|
|21||57||LANZI L||Ducati 1098R||1'45.682||2.882|
|22||151||BAIOCCO M||Ducati 1098R||1'46.344||3.544|
|23||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||1'46.891||4.091|