Series Portimao test notes 2009-01-24

Second Day of Supremacy For Byrne Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) cracked the overall track best at Portimao today to head the time sheets for the second day in succession, breaking Bayliss' previous record of 1'43.340, while using Pirelli race...

Second Day of Supremacy For Byrne

Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) cracked the overall track best at Portimao today to head the time sheets for the second day in succession, breaking Bayliss' previous record of 1'43.340, while using Pirelli race tyres, not qualifying rubber. His 1'43.294 was a remarkable achievement for a privateer rider in his first full season of WSB competition, as he held off the factory Yamaha of Ben Spies and the factory Ducati of Noriyuki Haga. Another British rider moving up was Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike) who was fourth today, and close to Troy Bayliss' old track best set only a few weeks ago at the final race of the 2008 season.

Carlos Checa (Honda) made the required improvements to push himself forward to fifth place in the rankings, with Max Neukirchner taking the top Suzuki slot again, sixth and less than 0.4 seconds from Byrne.

Jakub Smrz was seventh fastest on an almost fully dry track surface, before crashing his Guandalini Ducati late on.

Michel Fabrizio, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam rounded out the top ten, all within a second of the leader.

Troy Corser was 12th on the all-new BMW, while Shinya Nakano went 17th on the Aprilia RSV-4.

In the Supersport class Spaniard Joan Lascorz (Provec Motocard Kawasaki ZX-6R) was once more the fastest rider, ahead of class rookie Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport Team).

Kenan Sofuoglu was finally third, ahead of local rider Miguel Praia, having a great test so far on his Parkalgar Honda. World Champion Andrew Pitt took the second Hannspree Ten Kate Honda to fifth best time today, one up on Praia's team-mate, Eugene Laverty. Barry Veneman was top Suzuki rider, seventh fastest and 0.7 from the best mark.

One day of testing is still available for WSS and SBK teams tomorrow.

-credit: wsbk

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Shinya Nakano , Noriyuki Haga , Ben Spies , Troy Corser , Kenan Sofuoglu , Shane Byrne , Eugene Laverty , Michel Fabrizio , Leon Haslam , Jakub Smrz , Miguel Praia , Barry Veneman , Max Neukirchner , Jonathan Rea , Joan Lascorz