Portimao January WSBK Day 1 Session 1 Test Times - Haslam Leads Rea

Test times from the first session of practice for the World Superbike class at Portimao:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time
1 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.023
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.158
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.364
4 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.530
5 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.628
6 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.885
7 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.028
8 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'44.339
9 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'44.610
10 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.630
11 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'44.756
12 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'44.972
13 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'45.034
14 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.142
15 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.144
16 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.866
17 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.957
18 12 J. Fores Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.616
19 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.848
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'49.009

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I wish him luck as well. However, he has never really performed on litrebikes, and I doubt he will fare any better in WSBK than he did in AMA. Sure injuries were a factor, but still his real skill lies in his mastery of the 600 class. He should of went that route.

Interesting to see Crutchlow ahead of Toseland again. Will be a fascinating battle inside Yahama this year.

Great ot see Haslam and Suzuki top, nothing in it between Haga and Fabrizio as ever.

Funny how over the years, these first test, first sessions seem to be good indicators of the whole year. The guys who are fast out of the box, generally stay fast...we'll see.

JT has cracked. Finished. Done. Stick a fork in him, brother. Can't wait for this year's excuse.

Its disappointing to see BMW still so far from the leaders. Its very early days obviously, but what was done in the offseason?

Can someone help me understand how a competitive rider like Smrz seems to miss these tests? Last year was the same thing- what do riders do to prepare testing-wise instead of going to these tests? I assume it is a funding issue, but I'm confused- it also seems like a pretty important part of pre-season preparation without a great deal of incremental cost.