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The majority of the World Superbike field stayed on at Portimao for an official one-day test at the Portuguese circuit, taking advantage of the limited testing opportunities the WSBK riders have this year. Ducati's Davide Giugliano leaves the test as quickest, putting in a very quick lap at the very end of testing to finish three tenths ahead of yesterday's double race winner Jonathan Rea. Rea kept just ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, while Leon Haslam set the fourth quickest time on the Aprilia.
The Suzuki team made good use of much-needed test time to work on setting up the electronics. Improvements were clearly visible: Alex Lowes ended the day 5th quickest, but more importantly, was around a second faster than during the races yesterday. Teammate Randy De Puniet set the 14th best time, but was also three quarters of a second quicker than he was on Sunday.
The first race of the second half of the season, number fourteen of twenty-six, would not suffer from the bad weather that caused drama in the opening race.
Both men having won here before, and the weather having dried up, the battle between Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu would continue unabated for 18 laps at the Algarve Circuit. Sofuoglu would be hunting a record-breaking fifth win in a row, while Cluzel would just be looking to get his title challenge back on track.
Clouds loomed near a windy Algarve circuit as the riders prepared to start the first of their two 20 lap races. Rain wasn't forecast, but that's never stopped it before.
World Supersport qualifying was marred by a red flag as oil was dumped on the racing line halfway through, but it didn't stop the qualifying from coming down to the usual suspects.
Superpole took place in clear, warm 31ºC weather in Portugal.
In the untimed session before Superpole, Leon Haslam recorded the quickest time of the weekend with both him and Tom Sykes beating Jonathan Rea's provisional pole time from earlier.
Jules Cluzel leads Kenan Sofuoglu while PJ Jacobsen settles in on the Honda, outqualifying Kyle Smith and Gino Rea on similar machinery.
In the final timed session, Jonathan Rea only just kept Davide Giugliano from the top spot, with his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes also under a twentieth second off the quickest time. The Ducatis of Giugliano and Chaz Davies, sixth quickest behind the Aprilias of Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam, were the fastest bikes through the speed trap, regularly posting speeds of 308km/h.
Everyone but Alex Lowes was able to improve on their times from yesterday, and once again the only bikes not in Superpole are the Toth BMWs.
In a session dominated by the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, Davide Giugliano set the quickest time on his fifteenth of sixteen laps in the dying monutes of the session. Chaz Davies on the other factory Ducati was fourth quickest, with Ayrton Badovini and Alex Lowes maintaining their competetive qualifying pace.
Kenan Sofuoglu sets the quickest time, ahead of PJ Jacobsen on only his second outing on the Honda with Jules Cluzel, Gino Rea and Roberto Rolfo within a second of Sofuoglu's time.
Jonathan Rea was over seven tenths quicker than Davide Giugliano, Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies, recording the only lap under 1'44. Rea's teammate Tom Sykes was over a second back in fifth place.
The MV Agustas of Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti topped the timing, with Kenan Sofuoglu within striking distance. Over a second off the quickest time, Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen rounded out the top five, with Jacobsen leaving the Intermoto Kawasaki team to ride the CORE Honda, replacing the sacked Film Wilairot. Following the mysterious disappearance of Josef Kubicek, the boss of the Intermoto squad, Lucas Mahias and Aiden Wagner, Jacobsen's former team mates, have been left without a ride for this weekend.
World Superbike race two would also be mercifully dry, letting the racing take place without interruption.