2017 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Results: "It's Not The Same Without Tom"

World Superbike qualifying took place on a sunny morning, delayed by red flags in the first two sessions of the day.

Superpole one was opened with Roman Ramos and Jordi Torres taking the top spots after the first recorded laps. A lap later and Jordi Torres improved with a 1’43.810, a lap that would have got him onto the top ten yesterday. Tati Mercado stayed out for an extra lap and took six tenths off the top time while Xavi Fores snuck into third place, knocking Ramos down a spot.

A quick tyre change later, swapping race rubber for more race rubber, qualifying tyres not being available until the second session, everyone stayed in their garages until there was less than under five minutes remaining. Xavi Fores then put in a 1’43.700 and held top spot until Jordi Torres sliced half a second off it with a 1’43.191, faster than everyone apart from Jonathan Rea yesterday.

Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores took the brace of promotion spots and joined the top nine, with Sykes unable to compete, for Superpole two. Tati Mercado gets bumped to the last spot on row four.

Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty strike immediately with a 1’42.385 from Rea, the quickest time of the weekend so far, with nobody getting within half a second. Jordi Torres was the only other rider to record a 1’42 on the race rubber. Leon Camier still hadn’t recorded a complete lap, with his bike not making it round the track.

Tea break for tyres!

With four and a half minutes left, riders started to head back out with the qualifying tyres, aiming for two fast laps. Jonathan Rea was two tenths under his own time in the first sector, six tenths after the second, eight tenths after the third and a 1’41.430, within a tenth of the outright lap record. Rea ran on after the flag and that was his session complete.

Chaz Davies was on a fast lap but he hit a bump and his front forks didn’t like that and unloaded the tyre, forcing rider and bike to separate as the Ducati slid on its side. Davies was unable to get to the flag in time for one more lap. He ended the session in ninth place.

Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori filled the last spots on the front row with Aprilias, ahead of Alex Lowes, Marco Melandri and Jordi Torres.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.430   305,1
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.197 0.767 304,2
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.374 0.944 305,1
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.413 0.983 300,8
5 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.439 1.009 305,1
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'42.586 1.156 300,8
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.608 1.178 303,4
8 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.870 1.440 301,7
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'43.071 1.641 305,9
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'43.116 1.686 301,7
11 2 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'43.116 1.686 301,7
12 36 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4      
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'43.918 0.727 300,0
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.120 0.929 295,1
15 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.253 1.062 291,9
16 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.400 1.209 291,1
17 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.865 1.674 299,2
18 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.259 2.068 288,8
19 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.290 2.099 301,7
20 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.309 2.118 288,8

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'43.191   303,4
2 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'43.481 0.290 300,0
3 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'43.710 0.519 300,0
4 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'43.918 0.727 300,0
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.120 0.929 295,1
6 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.253 1.062 291,9
7 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.400 1.209 291,1
8 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.865 1.674 299,2
9 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.259 2.068 288,8
10 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.290 2.099 301,7
11 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.309 2.118 288,8

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.430   305,1
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.197 0.767 304,2
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'42.374 0.944 305,1
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.413 0.983 300,8
5 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.439 1.009 305,1
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'42.586 1.156 300,8
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.608 1.178 303,4
8 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.870 1.440 301,7
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'43.071 1.641 305,9
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'43.116 1.686 301,7

 

Round Number: 
10
2017
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Comments

Both Aprilias on the first row, this looks like something of a breakthrough for the Milwaukee team. Hopefully this finally translates into race results, that would surely make the remaining races more interesting!

At the same time, Rea's advantage over the rest of the field is deeply impressive. Maybe not good for the championship battle, but nevertheless awesome to see. I heard a rumour he may take Iannone's seat at Suzuki; now that would make sense for both parties, I think. When Rea wins this year's world title (which is almost certain of course), he does not have much more to prove in Superbikes, and this would be a great opportunity to get in MotoGP after all, in a factory team, and give himself the ultimate new challenge. And I think he would do well.

I had high hopes for the Aprilia, but it still can't keep up its pace a whole race. When they get that sorted, it'll be time for podium visits. 

A good step forward though!
I really like that 600 sized bike with a monstrous seeming engine in that layout. Very cool bike, with an arduous return after the engine tune came down years ago. They sure knew how to get a LOT out of Superbiking that V4 with the old rules. Curious about the specifics on that motor build. Very much looking forward to having a third and fourth Manu winning races.