2011 Portimao WSBK Test Day 3 Results: Laverty Leads Aprilia One-Two
Eugene Laverty leaves the World Superbike test in excellent shape, ending the final day of testing as fastest and shaving a few hundredths off his Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi's official lap record of 1'42.774. Biaggi was close to his own lap record, and just a tenth slower than Laverty, while the Aprilia pairing led a gaggle of BMWs, all with the same time, Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri and satellite BMW Italia rider Ayrton Badovini posting laps of 1'43.1.
Chaz Davies had also impressed throughout the test. On his second outing on the ParkinGO Aprilia, and just his second test on a World Superbike machine, Davies ended the three-day test with a best time of 1'43.2, half a second off Laverty's time. Davies was six tenths quicker than Leon Camier on the Englishman's first outing on the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R 1000, Camier warming to the task and dropping a second off his best time from Monday to Wednesday. Michel Fabrizio ended the test as last of the regular WSBK riders, 1.2 seconds off Laverty's time, while Alastair Seeley posted a very respectable 1'44.1 after his first visit to the track, Seeley having been drafted in to replace John Hopkins, who is still recovering from finger surgery.
While the Aprilia men only used race tires, the BMW riders all fitted Pirelli qualifiers during the final day, to test the S1000RR on softer qualifying rubber. Haslam posted the fastest time on the softer tires, a couple of tenths faster than Melandri, with Badovini just a tenth off his compatriot.
Unofficial times on race tires courtesy of WorldSBK.com:
Unofficial times set on qualifying tires: