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

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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. GBR Ducati 1098R 1’43.874
2. Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’43.965
3. Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1’44.144
4. Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1’44.157
5. Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1’44.217
6. Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1’44.261
7. Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’44.586
8. Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1’47.057
9. Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1’49.387
10. Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1’52.340
11. Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1’56.553
12. Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1’56.643
13. Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1’44.119
14. Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1’45.182
15. Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1’45.624
16. Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1’45.931
17. Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’46.181
18. Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’46.260
19. Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1’46.849
20. Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1’46.897

 

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

 

1 67 Byrne S. GBR Ducati 1098R 1 ‘43.294
2 19 Spies B. USA Yamaha YZF R1 1 ‘43.484
3 41 Haga N. JPN Ducati 1098R 1 ‘43.487
4 66 Sykes T. GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1 ‘43.546
5 7 Checa C. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘43.657
6 76 Neukirchner M. GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 ‘43.674
7 96 Smrz J. CZE Ducati 1098R 1 ‘43.767
8 84 Fabrizio M. ITA Ducati 1098R 1 ‘43.951
9 65 Rea J. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘44.115
10 91 Haslam L. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘44.170
11 11 Corser T. AUS BMW S1000 RR 1 ‘44.261
12 71 Kagayama Y. JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 ‘44.425
13 55 Laconi R. FRA Ducati 1098R 1 ‘44.546
14 9 Kiyonari R. JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘44.610
15 23 Parkes B. AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 ‘44.704
16 53 Polita A. ITA Ducati 1098R 1 ‘45.108
17 56 Nakano S. JPN Aprilia RSV4 1 ‘45.179
18 3 Biaggi M. ITA Aprilia RSV4 1 ‘45.199
19 24 Roberts B. AUS Ducati 1098R 1 ‘45.278
20 25 Salom D. ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 ‘45.393
21 100 Tamada M. JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 ‘45.446
22 36 Lavilla G. ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘45.672
23 33 Hill T. GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘45.679
24 99 Scassa L. ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 ‘45.820
25 111 Xaus R. ESP BMW S1000 RR 1 ‘46.128
26 44 Rolfo R. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘46.916
27 77 Iannuzzo V. ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 ‘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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