Portimao January WSBK Day 1 Session 2 Test Times - Haslam Heads All-British Trio

Leon Haslam continues to lead the charge of the Brit Brigade on the first day of testing for the World Superbike field at Portimao. The young Briton took a quarter of a second off his time from this morning, but remains out of reach for the rest of the field. Another young British upstart finished the day 2nd fastest, Cal Crutchlow doing a sterling job of filling Ben Spies' shoes at Yamaha. The reigning World Supersport champion edged out Ulsterman Johnny Rea on the Ten Kate Honda by less than a tenth, making a British 1-2-3. Indeed, if the MotoGP refugee James Toseland had been just 0.014 seconds quicker, it would have been a top four for British riders, the Yamaha man ending the day just a tiny fraction behind Aprilia's Max Biaggi.

Championship runner-up Noriyuki Haga ended the first day of official testing as 7th fastest, nearly 0.8 seconds behind Haslam, and less than two tenths ahead of his teammate Michel Fabrizio. Ex-Yamaha man Tom Sykes was fastest of the Kawasakis in 12th, fractionally ahead of the quickest BMW man Troy Corser. Testing continues tomorrow.

Times from the second session for the World Superbikes at Portimao:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time
1 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.778
2 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.960
3 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.033
4 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.364
5 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.378
6 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.569
7 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.574
8 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.711
9 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'43.870
10 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.903
11 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.283
12 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.365
13 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'44.376
14 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.453
15 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.570
16 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.576
17 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.751
18 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.444
19 12 J. Fores Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'47.293
20 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'48.317


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The tests aren't being videoed, as far as I know, so it isn't possible to watch them anywhere except from the stands of the Parkalgar Circuit. 

Ahh, too bad. I'm really looking forward to seeing the bikes in action again!

Last year Ducati said the 1098 was out of developement and it was as fast as its ever going to get . Everyone took it as grandstanding to bend the rulebook but maybe he was telling the truth . DAVE can ducati go to 1198cc in displacement ? and WSB rule change... doesnt it come up in 2013