2015 Portimao World Superbike Official Test: Giugliano Fastest, Suzuki Make Progress

The majority of the World Superbike field stayed on at Portimao for an official one-day test at the Portuguese circuit, taking advantage of the limited testing opportunities the WSBK riders have this year. Ducati's Davide Giugliano leaves the test as quickest, putting in a very quick lap at the very end of testing to finish three tenths ahead of yesterday's double race winner Jonathan Rea. Rea kept just ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, while Leon Haslam set the fourth quickest time on the Aprilia.

The Suzuki team made good use of much-needed test time to work on setting up the electronics. Improvements were clearly visible: Alex Lowes ended the day 5th quickest, but more importantly, was around a second faster than during the races yesterday. Teammate Randy De Puniet set the 14th best time, but was also three quarters of a second quicker than he was on Sunday.

Surprise absentee was Nico Terol, the Althea Ducati rider struggling ever since he has switched from Moto2 to WSBK. According to reports on German-language website Speedweek, Althea boss Genesio Bevilacqua has lost patience with Terol, and Terol has lost his seat. Althea's Superstock 1000 rider Niccolo Canepa is set to take his place from the next round at Misano, due to take place in two weeks time.

Official times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Laps
1 34 Davide Giugliano Ducati Panigale R 1:42.346     58
2 65 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.661 0.315 0.315 80
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.682 0.336 0.021 83
4 91 Leon Haslam Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:42.689 0.343 0.007 76
5 22 Alex Lowes Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:42.737 0.391 0.048 87
6 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:42.957 0.611 0.220 74
7 15 Matteo Baiocco Ducati Panigale R 1:42.969 0.623 0.012 40
8 81 Jordi Torres Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:43.067 0.721 0.098 80
9 86 Ayrton Badovini BMW S1000 RR 1:43.098 0.752 0.031 64
10 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:43.109 0.763 0.011 60
11 60 Michael VD Mark Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:43.287 0.941 0.178 85
12 1 Sylvain Guintoli Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:43.459 1.113 0.172 68
13 44 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:43.621 1.275 0.162 37
14 14 Randy De Puniet Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:44.033 1.687 0.412 46
15 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:44.177 1.831 0.144 54
16 35 Raffaele De Rosa Ducati Panigale R 1:44.463 2.117 0.286 60
17 23 Christophe Ponsson Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:44.646 2.300 0.183 54
18 75 Gábor Rizmayer BMW S1000 RR 1:47.196 4.850 2.550 73
19 10 Imre Toth BMW S1000 RR 1:48.010 5.664 0.814 75

 

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