2011 Portimao World Superbike QP1 Result: Checa Takes Provisional Pole By Slim Margin

Carlos Checa sits on provisional pole for the final World Superbike double header at Portimao on Sunday, after topping the first session of qualifying at the stunning Portuguese circuit. Checa led throughout, and unlike this morning, when he was deposed from pole by Johnny Rea, the Althea Ducati rider held off allcomers to retain the top spot. Yamaha's Eugene Laverty came close, getting to within a tenth of a second of Checa, but could not get under the newly-crowned World Champion's time. Sylvain Guintoli was 3rd fastest, the Effenberty Liberty Ducati rider confirming his form from the morning, while Castrol Honda's Rea was dropped to 4th, though still three tenths off Checa. Aprilia's Max Biaggi marked his return from injury with the 5th fastest time, though his first day back in the saddle at Portimao was more memorable for the spat he had with arch enemy Marco Melandri at the end of FP1 this morning.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, with the grid to be settled during Superpole in the afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'43.579  
2 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.666 0.087
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'43.860 0.281
4 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.895 0.316
5 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.907 0.328
6 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.030 0.451
7 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.111 0.532
8 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.112 0.533
9 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.144 0.565
10 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'44.201 0.622
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'44.278 0.699
12 8 M. AITCHISON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.410 0.831
13 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'44.426 0.847
14 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.598 1.019
15 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'44.631 1.052
16 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'44.715 1.136
17 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'45.243 1.664
18 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1098R 1'45.454 1.875
19 112 J. FORES BMW S1000 RR 1'46.076 2.497
20 31 K. MUGGERIDGE Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.116 2.537
21 12 J. WATERS Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'46.526 2.947
22 51 S. BARRAGAN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'46.967 3.388

 

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