Times from the World Superbike Portimao Test

01/25/2009 @ 2:41 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Times from the World Superbike Portimao Test


The weather has been grim around the Portimao race track in  for the past few days. The last day of World Superbike Championship official testing at Portimao was once again affected by adverse weather conditions, and thus the absolute best times of the entire test were largely set on the second day, leaving Shane Byrne as the new track best pace setter on his private Sterilgarda Ducati. American Ben Spies posted the second fastest lap time over all, showing that he has what it takes not only to race in World Superbike, but perhaps MotoGP as well.


“I didn’t expect to be fastest in the test to be honest but I’m not surprised” declared ‘Shakey’. “The bike’s working really well and the relationship and feedback with the team and my engineer is great. This Superpole formula is not new for me, we tried something similar in the last few BSB races. It’s really exciting and spectacular and I’m sure it’ll look good on TV as well”. 

Only two top riders improved their weekend times today, Troy Corser, who was finally ranked an impressive 11th on the all-new BMW four-cylinder, and Max Biaggi on the RSV Aprilia, who went 18th.

With new rules in place for both Superpole qualifying and flag-to-flag races each was given a trial run today. In Superpole there will now be 20 riders in the qualifying group, which then drops to 16, then eight in the final 12-minute session, which determines the pole setter. The top 20 riders from this weekend’s sessions went forward to practice this discipline today, with great success, and the new format of final grid qualifying is anticipated with relish by all.

The flag-to-flag practice was included in the very last practice session of all three days, with riders coming in to change to their spare bikes when the signal was given, without any interruption of the simulated race session.

Many of the top teams now leave Portimao to get to Phillip Island well in advance of the race, to undergo their own private test sessions before the start of the season, in just over one month’s time.


1.Byrne S.GBRDucati 1098R1’43.874
2.Neukirchner M.GERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’43.965
3.Rea J.GBRHonda CBR1000RR1’44.144
4.Haga N.JPNDucati 1098R1’44.157
5.Haslam L.GBRHonda CBR1000RR1’44.217
6.Corser T.AUSBMW S1000 RR1’44.261
7.Kagayama Y.JPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’44.586
8.Laconi R.FRADucati 1098R1’47.057
9.Checa C.ESPHonda CBR1000RR1’49.387
10.Fabrizio M.ITADucati 1098R1’52.340
11.Nakano S.JPNAprilia RSV41’56.553
12.Biaggi M.ITAAprilia RSV41’56.643
13.Spies B.USAYamaha YZF R11’44.119
14.Smrz J.CZEDucati 1098R1’45.182
15.Sykes T.GBRYamaha YZF R11’45.624
16.Kiyonari R.JPNHonda CBR1000RR1’45.931
17.Parkes B.AUSKawasaki ZX 10R1’46.181
18.Salom D.ESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’46.260
19.Polita A.ITADucati 1098R1’46.849
20.Roberts B.AUSDucati 1098R1’46.897


Overall best times from the three day session, all of which were set on Saturday:


167 Byrne S.GBRDucati 1098R1‘43.294
219 Spies B.USAYamaha YZF R11‘43.484
341 Haga N.JPNDucati 1098R1‘43.487
466 Sykes T.GBRYamaha YZF R11‘43.546
57 Checa C.ESPHonda CBR1000RR1‘43.657
676 Neukirchner M.GERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91‘43.674
796 Smrz J.CZEDucati 1098R1‘43.767
884 Fabrizio M.ITADucati 1098R1‘43.951
965 Rea J.GBRHonda CBR1000RR1‘44.115
1091 Haslam L.GBRHonda CBR1000RR1‘44.170
1111 Corser T.AUSBMW S1000 RR1‘44.261
1271 Kagayama Y.JPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91‘44.425
1355 Laconi R.FRADucati 1098R1‘44.546
149 Kiyonari R.JPNHonda CBR1000RR1‘44.610
1523 Parkes B.AUSKawasaki ZX 10R1‘44.704
1653 Polita A.ITADucati 1098R1‘45.108
1756 Nakano S.JPNAprilia RSV41‘45.179
183 Biaggi M.ITAAprilia RSV41‘45.199
1924 Roberts B.AUSDucati 1098R1‘45.278
2025 Salom D.ESPKawasaki ZX 10R1‘45.393
21100 Tamada M.JPNKawasaki ZX 10R1‘45.446
2236 Lavilla G.ESPHonda CBR1000RR1‘45.672
2333 Hill T.GBRHonda CBR1000RR1‘45.679
2499 Scassa L.ITAKawasaki ZX 10R1‘45.820
25111 Xaus R.ESPBMW S1000 RR1‘46.128
2644 Rolfo R.ITAHonda CBR1000RR1‘46.916
2777 Iannuzzo V.ITAHonda CBR1000RR1‘46.971


For comparison, the fasted race lap was set by Troy Bayliss in November 2008, clocking in at 1’43.787 

Source: World Superbike & MotoGP Matters

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