2018 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Results: Clouds Help Pace

The new World Superbike schedule started under a cloudy Portimao after a Friday dominated by Jonathan Rea. The Superpole one favourites to advance were Loris Baz and Leon Camier, but the presence of Chaz Davies, bouncing back from injury, in the ten riders aiming to get through to Superpole two meant nothing was a given. 

Jake Gagne headed out first with Chaz Davies last, a minute later. After one lap, Lorenzo Savadori held the top spot with a 1'41.716, a third of a second ahead of Chaz Davies who conceded the top spot in the last sector. Savadori's time, joining Jonathan Rea in the 1'41s, was quicker than any time set on Friday, the cooler temperature increasing the grip and the pace.

After one fast lap, everyone pitted in and Jakub Smrz, returning to World Superbike on the Guandalini Racing Yamaha, was the first out and at the bottom of the pack. 

Loris Baz put himself on top with a 1'41.674 and Leon Camier pushed himself into third place, ahead of Chaz Davies who kept losing time in the last sector. Lorenzo Savadori hit 1'41.457 at the flag, taking the top spot and joining Loris Baz in Superpole two. Leon Camier, Chaz Davies and Jake Gagne make up the fifth row on the grid.

Jonathan Rea was the second last out of pit lane, unlike his usual eagerness, with only Loris Baz still in his garage once Rea was out. Toprak Razgatlioglu, fourth quickest on Friday, set the first time on race rubber, a slower than Superpole one 1'43.162. After everyone out put in their first lap, Lorenzo Savadori topped the session with a 1'41.387, a tenth quicker than Jonathan Rea. Eugene Laverty put in a second lap on normal tyres, thrusting himself between Savadori and Rea, and everyone pulled into their garages to get qualifying tyres on their bikes. Loris Baz still hadn't left the comfort of his box having likely spent his tyre allocation, and Aprilia held both the top spots before the quicker tyres were fitted. 

The last half of Superpole two would likely comprise of a single lap on the stickier tyres, due to the long length of the track, so there would be only one chance to determine final grid position. Loris Baz finally hit the track. 

After a couple of sectors, everyone was on pace to break the outright lap record, and Jonathan Rea set a 1'40.765    only to be deposed by Eugene Laverty's 1'40.705 lap record. Marco Melandri took the last spot on the front row, a tenth of a second behind Rea. 

Lorenzo Savadori, Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes made up the second row, with Alex Lowes crashing out on his qualifying tyre and ending up in twelfth place. The leading eight riders were under the previous lap record set by Tom Sykes. 

Eugene Laverty, at his favourite track, a track he has a lot of history with, took his first pole position in five years. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.705   307,8
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.765 0.060 307,8
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'40.856 0.151 307,0
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.901 0.196 303,5
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.926 0.221 308,7
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.103 0.398 303,5
7 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'41.202 0.497 307,0
8 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'41.213 0.508 306,1
9 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.422 0.717 306,1
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.960 1.255 301,8
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.047 1.342 302,7
12 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.709 2.004 306,1
13 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.019 0.562 307,8
14 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'42.045 0.588 307,8
15 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.653 1.196 304,4
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.812 1.355 304,4
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.844 1.387 297,7
18 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.018 1.561 299,3
19 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.586 2.129 296,1
20 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.984 2.527 293,7

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'41.457   307,0
2 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'41.674 0.217 307,8
3 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.019 0.562 307,8
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'42.045 0.588 307,8
5 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.653 1.196 304,4
6 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.812 1.355 304,4
7 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.844 1.387 297,7
8 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.018 1.561 299,3
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.586 2.129 296,1
10 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.984 2.527 293,7

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.705   307,8
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.765 0.060 307,8
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'40.856 0.151 307,0
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'40.901 0.196 303,5
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.926 0.221 308,7
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.103 0.398 303,5
7 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'41.202 0.497 307,0
8 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'41.213 0.508 306,1
9 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'41.422 0.717 306,1
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.960 1.255 301,8
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.047 1.342 302,7
12 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.709 2.004 306,1
Round Number: 
10
2018
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