2009 Portimao World Superbike FP1 Results - Smrz Leads, Haga Ahead Of Spies

Noriyuki Haga drew first blood in the battle for the World Superbike championship at Portimao, finishing ahead of title rival Ben Spies. Spies and Haga had swapped the lead through much of the session, with the Texan looking like getting the upper hand, but a great wave of competitors washed over Spies in the final minutes, demoting the American down to 7th.

Jakub Smrz led the charge, setting the fastest time ahead of Noriyuki Haga, the Japanese Xerox Ducati rider getting off to an excellent start. Yukio Kagayama and Broc Parkes finished 3rd and 4th, both men leaving the series and apparently determined to leave their mark. Leon Haslam and Carlos Checa imposed themselves between Parkes and Spies, leaving Spies down in 7th.

Though the difference between Haga and Spies looks big on the timesheets, in terms of times, it is only marginal. The two title candidates are separated by less than 0.2 seconds, and indeed the entire grid is close. Less than 1 second separates the top 14 riders.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'44.855  
2 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'44.934 0.079
3 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'44.976 0.121
4 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.006 0.151
5 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.078 0.223
6 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.101 0.246
7 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.118 0.263
8 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'45.165 0.310
9 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.198 0.343
10 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1'45.400 0.545
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'45.475 0.620
12 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'45.660 0.805
13 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'45.769 0.914
14 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.796 0.941
15 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.994 1.139
16 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.171 1.316
17 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.183 1.328
18 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.351 1.496
19 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.492 1.637
20 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'46.633 1.778
21 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'47.080 2.225
22 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'47.132 2.277
23 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1'47.257 2.402
24 77 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.697 2.842
25 94 D. Checa Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.890 3.035
26 88 R. Resch Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'49.494 4.639
Round Number: 
14
2009
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