Toprak Razgatliogu ends the Portimao WorldSBK test as fastest, the Pata Yamaha rider a fraction faster on Monday than yesterday's fastest rider Scott Redding on the Aruba.it Panigale V4R. Loris Baz was third quickest on the Ten Kate Yamaha R1, over four tenths faster than Michael van der Mark on the second Pata Yamaha rider.
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A few days after packing up at Jerez, the WorldSBK paddock - or at least a large part of it - is back in action in Portugal, at Portimao. Prominent absentees are Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes of the KRT Kawasaki team, who are in Barcelona testing. With the weather having looked favorably at the Portimao circuit, the teams got in plenty of laps.
Scott Redding ended the day as fastest, the Aruba.it Ducati rider vastly less experienced at Portimao. Redding was under the circuit race record, and nearly six tenths quicker than second-fastest man Loris Baz on the Ten Kate Yamaha.
The WorldSBK riders got a little bit of dry running at Jerez on Thursday, or at least some dry-ish running. A couple of hours were enough for Jonathan Rea to believe it worth going out on track and laying down a time. But his best lap was still 2.7 seconds off the time he set at the November test in Jerez.
The first day back testing was something of a washout for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP teams. The track started wet, never really dried out, and heavy rain started to fall in the afternoon. The conditions proved treacherous, with a spate of crashes causing the test to be red-flagged four times during the day.
Jonathan Rea has made his intentions clear on the last day of testing for 2019 for the WorldSBK class, opening up an imposing gap over the rest of the field on his final run. The Kawasaki rider was just over a tenth off his own Superpole record at the Spanish track, but was nearly nine tenths faster than Loris Baz on the Ten Kate Yamaha on Friday, and over eight tenths faster than Toprak Razgatlioglu's second quickest time overall set on Thursday. Razgatlioglu was the only rider not to improve his best time on the second day of the test.
Michael van der Mark leads the way on the second day of the WorldSBK test at Jerez, the Pata Yamaha rider a fraction faster than the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Toprak Razgatlioglu is fourth quickest on the second Yamaha, ahead of Scott Redding, the first of the Aruba.it Ducatis.
Moto2 refugee Andrea Locatelli is faster on the Yamaha R6 than Moto3 fugitive Philipp Oettl is on the Kawasaki ZX-6R, the pair over half a second quicker than the WorldSSP regulars.
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Five-time champion Jonathan Rea continues to rule the roost in World Superbike championship. The Kawasaki rider topped the timesheets for much of the first day of the test in Jerez, ending the day as fastest, after spending Thursday working on race pace on used tires and on getting the most out of the engine of the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, to take on the might of the Ducati Panigale V4 R.
Scott Redding ended the Aragon WorldSBK test as fastest, after losing a lot of time over two days to rain. The Aruba.it Ducati got under the time set by Jonathan Rea on Wednesday, though Rea decided against riding on Thursday.
Chaz Davies finished Thursday as second, a quarter of a second behind his teammate, and half a second ahead of Alex Lowes on the Kawasaki. Toprak Razgatlioglu was the fastest Yamaha rider, four tenths faster than teammate Michael van der Mark, while American Garrett Gerloff was sixth, a fraction behind Van der Mark.
No sooner has one season ended than the next one starts. Half of the WorldSBK field has assembled at Aragon for a two-day test, to start their preparations for the 2020 season.
The day got off to a very wet start, with riders venturing out only once the weather started to lift. Once the track started to dry, work got underway. Unsurprisingly, it was Jonathan Rea who ended the day as fastest, the Kawasaki rider 1.4 seconds off pole record and 0.7 off the lap record.
The last race of the season took place on a warm night with a cooling track. Third place in the championship was undecided between Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlioglu.
The World Supersport championship's last race of 2019 will be the title decider. Three riders are in contention, with Randy Krummenacher leading Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel.
The Qatar weekend's only daytime race is the longest ten lap race, contested in 33ºC heat. Toprak Razgatlioglu pulled into the pits as everyone else lined up on the grid, his race over before the lights went out.
Result and summary of Race 1 at Qatar:
The last World Supersport qualifying of 2019 was contested in Qatar ahead of the last race tomorrow where the championship will be decided.
World Superbike's floodlit Superpole started as the sun had set over Qatar and the temperature was less punishing. Chaz Davies was quickest in the free practice sessions.