Leon Camier, forty five minutes into the session, set the quickest time on his MV Agusta and improved it a couple of times before Jonathan Rea came out of the pits and reclaimed the top spot a lap from the flag on his Kawasaki. Lorenzo Savadori continued Aprilia's recent form in third place, holding off both Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies on the Ducatis.
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It has been a busy day test on the Iberian peninsula. A day after the Portuguese round of WorldSBK, a large part of the Superbike grid stayed on for a day of testing. After an indomitable performance during the weekend, Jonathan Rea ended the day as fastest, the Kawasaki man finishing nearly four tenths ahead of the Ducati of Chaz Davies, while Marco Melandri was third quickest.
With Tom Sykes absent due to injury, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Superstock 1000 rider and protégé of Kenan Sofuoglu, took over the reigns of the Yorkshireman's Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Razgatlioglu was as impressive on a Superbike as he has been on a Superstock machine, posting a string of fast laps and ending the day in fourth, just under a second slower than reigning world champion Jonathan Rea.
For the last race of the weekend, World Superbike race two, the wind was lower than it has been most of the weekend. Twenty laps would determine the winner with the reverse grid putting some interesting names at the front. Stefan Bradl was unable to start due to a wrist injury from his crash yesterday.
The World Supersport race was high noon in Portugal with ten riders not competing the race.
World Superbike’s Saturday race would be twenty laps, without Tom Sykes due to his crash this morning. The wind was still very noticeable and the temperature was up to 22ºC.
World Supersport qualifying for tomorrow’s race was sunny and breezy, with riders exploring the limits as they aimed to get the best position possible for tomorrow's race start.
World Superbike qualifying took place on a sunny morning, delayed by red flags in the first two sessions of the day.
Sheridan Morais ended the untimed session quickest, ahead of this afternoon's Superpole. Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen were within a second of the South African.
Tom Sykes has been declared unfit after a crash that brought out a red flag in this morning's untimed session. As he crested the hill before turn nine, the Kawasaki's rear seemed to lose grip and snap out, causing a high-speed wobble there was no recovery from. Sykes came down the right hand side of the track, with his bike bursting into flames next to him, flames licking his leathers. Luckily he stopped sliding before the bike did and excaped with a dislocated finger on his left hand.
After the delay, the session was restarted and topped by Jonathan Rea ahead of Chaz Davies.
With Sheridan Morais unable to improve on his morning's time, Kenan Sofuoglu took control, setting the fastest time of the day, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias. Morais's morning time, however, was good enough for second quickest overall.
Kyle Smith and Christoffer Bergman, the Öhlins test rider, were the two quickest riders to miss out on automatically qualifying for Superpole two and head into tomorrow's qualifying the favourites for promotion.
In a warm and windy session that started five minutes late, Jonathan Rea ran a string of fast laps before popping back for new tyres, five minutes from the end of the session. With the new rubber on, he put in two more laps before facing the chequered flag and set the fastest time of the weekend on the last lap.
Sheridan Morais took top spot off Kenan Sofuoglu with just over ten minutes remaining in the session.
In what seems like an ominous portent for the weekend, both Kawasakis consistently topped the session, with Leon Camier, Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes only joining them with 1'43 laps in the last ten minutes of the session.
Takumi Takahashi, in his World Superbike debut, was over four seconds off the pace, but he completed 29 laps while Marco Melandri only managed to record two timed laps before he was hit with a technical issue.
World Superbike race two in Germany and Stefan Bradl was declared fit to take part in the twenty one lap race.
World Supersport would be 19 laps with a slightly changed grid as Niki Tuuli was put back to ninth place for irresponsible riding. Kenan Sofuoglu started the race five points behind Lucas Mahias in the championship fight.