Jonathan Rea, unable to improve on his quickest time from this morning, ended the day in provisional pole position. Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark were able to improve on their earlier times and ended the session second and fourth quickest, with Tom Sykes third quickest this session second quickest overall. In what looks ominous, Chaz Davies was once again, not the quickest Ducati, this time sitting below Michael Ruben Rinaldi rather than this morning's Xavi Fores, although all four Ducatis were within twenty four thousandths of a second adter a day of qualifying.
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Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias, within a quarter of a second of each other, headed a six-Yahama pack ahead of Raffaele Dr Rosa, seventh quickest on his MV Agusta. Kyle Smith, thirteenth quickest this session, relied on his morning's time to put him in the top ten to automatically qualify for tomorrow's Superpole two session. Hannes Soomer and Ayrton Badovini, eleventh and twelfth overall, are the favourite two riders to advance from the Superpole one session.
Tom Sykes was quickest ahead of Lorenzo Savadori who was only a tenth of a second off top spot. Jonathan Rea was third quickest, within two tenths of a second.
Sandro Cortese headed a six Yamaha pack at the top of the timing sheet, with Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias within two tenths of a second at their home race.
Jonathan Rea, hoping to tie up his fourth successive World Superbike title this weekend, was quickest ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes and the Yamaha pairing of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes. Lorenzo Savadori was fifth quickest on his Aprilia while Xavi Fores was the quickest Ducati in sizth place.
Twenty laps of Portimao with only six races left after this one. The grip was slightly down as the temperature was slightly up, compared to yesterday's race.
World Superport round ten of thirteen opened with Sandro Cortese five points ahead of Jules Cluzel and the top six all within thirty five points. Five of the top six challengers are on a Yamaha R6 and seventh placed Ant West is over fifty points off the top six, eighty seven points off the title leader, and won't be taking part this weekend.
World Supersport Superpole one had eighteen riders competing for two places, including Hector Barbara on Kenan Sofuoglu's old bike but Loris Cresson was ruled unfit after an earlier crash.
World Superbike race one in Portimao started their twenty lap race at 1pm and Jonathan Rea had a ninety two points over Chaz Davies with eight races left. The clouds from earlier in the day had cleared, leaving behind warmer temperatures.
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.
Marco Melandri was quickest this session, cementing his entry into Superpole two. Jonathan Rea was second-quickest, but in spite of a fall in Free Practice two, he ends the day in provisional pole position as the only rider to break the 1'41 barrier. Loris Baz and Leon Camier head to Superpole one as the favourites to advance to Superpole two.
Jules Cluzel, Lucas Mahias and Sandro Cortese were within two tenths of a second of each other and improved on their mornings' times. Luke Stapleford made it six Yamahas at the top for Superpole two tomorrow.
Marco Melandri improved on his morning's time, second quickest behind Jonathan Rea, pushing him up to third-quickest overall, behond Jordi Torres's quick time from free practice one. Lorenzo Savadori, ninth quickest overall, was the only other rider in the top ten to improve on his morning's time.
A familiar group of Yamahas topped the morning's results, with Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias heading a group of five Yamahas including Randy Krummenacher, Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel. Kyle Smith on the Honda and Ayrton Badovini on the MV Agusta were the only non-Yamahas within a second of Caricasulo's best time.
Ant West didn't compete due to a failed anti-doping test.
In the return from the long summer break, Jonathan Rea returned to the top of the timing sheet, over half a second quicker than Jordi Torres. Torres was over three tenths of a second quicker than everyone else on his MV Agusta, with Rea's Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes third quickest and Xavi Fores quickest Ducati in fourth.