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

 

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