Friday Practice at Portimao Could Predict WSBK Championship – Spies 4/10ths Faster Than Haga

10/23/2009 @ 9:53 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Friday Practice at Portimao Could Predict WSBK Championship – Spies 4/10ths Faster Than Haga


We typically don’t cover the Free Practice/Qualifying sessions in World Superbike, but considering that the entire season will come down to Sunday’s race, we’re making an exception. With QP1 in the bag already at Portimao, we get some insight into how the grid could come together for the last race of the WSBK season, and the results might surprise some people. More after the jump.

Before we get ahead of ourseleves, let’s be clear that there is still another qualifying practice session on Saturday, before the Superpole event takes place, so there’s still a great deal more shuffling that can occur on the WSBK starting grid. Still, the results are compelling for a Ben Spies victory on Sunday.

With Johnny Rea on the provisional pole, Spies trails the Honda rider by under a tenth of a second, and is provisionally 3rd right now. Better yet for the American rider, points rival Noriyuki Haga is swamped back in 9th place, and almost half a second behind Rea. In order to be competitive on Sunday, Haga will have to find an extra 4/10ths of a second per lap in order to keep a wheel on Spies.

Ben Spies needs to win both races this weekend in order to clinch the World Superbike Championship. A “double” on Sunday would mean that regardless of how Haga finishes Spies would either tie or beat Haga in the point standings. Tie-breakers in WSBK are decided on the number of race wins, which Spies has 15, while Haga has 8, meaning the Championship would go to Spies if he ties Haga in points at the end of Sunday’s race.

With the MotoGP Championship likely to be clinched at Sepang this weekend as well, Sunday should be an epic event of racing for motorcycle enthusiasts. We can’t wait.

QP1 Results from World Superbike at Portimao, Portugal:

165J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’43.786
296J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’43.8660.080
319B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’43.8700.084
47C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’43.9450.159
567S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’43.9470.161
610F. NietoDucati 1098R1’44.0050.219
784M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’44.1540.368
83M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’44.2100.424
941N. HagaDucati 1098R1’44.2540.468
1091L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’44.3240.538
1171Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’44.6740.888
12111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’44.8221.036
1311T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’44.8301.044
1423B. ParkesKawasaki ZX 10R1’44.9631.177
15100M. TamadaKawasaki ZX 10R1’44.9771.191
1699L. ScassaKawasaki ZX 10R1’45.0771.291
1714M. LagriveHonda CBR1000RR1’45.1331.347
1866T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’45.2391.453
1922L. CamierAprilia RSV4 Factory1’45.3331.547
2015M. BaioccoDucati 1098R1’45.3451.559
2125D. SalomKawasaki ZX 10R1’45.3901.604
2250S. GuintoliSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’45.5081.722
239R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’45.6761.890
2477V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’46.5122.726
2594D. ChecaYamaha YZF R11’46.7752.989
2688R. ReschSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’47.9614.175

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