Rea dominates proceedings on second day of Portimao test

Published: 29 October 2009

Jonathan Rea picked up where he left off on Tuesday with another accomplished performance onboard the Ten Kate Honda during day two of testing at Portimao.

Having spent the majority of the day at the top of the time sheets Rea dropped to fourth in the closing stages while he concentrated on evaluating new 2010 electronics and working on his race pace.

With less than ten minutes to go the 22 year old decided to go back out on track to push for a time, which resulted him smashing the outright lap record of the undulating 2.76 mile Portuguese track.

Speaking to MCN, he said: “There were a few young spunkers out there throwing tyres at their bikes to put a smile on their face. I dropped down the order a bit so I decided I wanted to go back out on track and do something about it.

“We’ve really worked hard as a team and our race set-up and pace is so much stronger than it was on Sunday. We’ve been very methodical and we’ve achieved a lot.”

In form Italian Michel Fabrizio was also impressive onboard his Xerox Ducati. The Portimao race two winner set his best lap in the morning before he and team-mate Noriyuki Haga wrapped up their test early and did not ride in the afternoon.

Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive transition to life back on a Superbike, by setting a string of fast times despite feeling the effects of his day one crash.

He ended his first test onboard the factory Yamaha R1 in third spot with a lap time faster than Ben Spies’ Superpole best.

Another man enjoying life in his new position was Alstare Suzuki signing Leon Haslam.

Haslam finished the test an impressive fourth with another lap time faster than Superpole and left the test feeling very optimistic in his new team and bike.

Max Biaggi was followed home by Aprilia team-mate Leon Camier who was once again impressive on the RSV4 bettering his lap time and race pace from Sunday.

Haga was unable to improve his day one lap time to ended the test seventh with James Toseland in eighth onboard his factory Yamaha.

Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'41.878
Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1'41.992;
Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Superbike) 1'42.115
Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) 1'42.251
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) 1'42.71
Leon Camier (Aprilia Racing) 1'42.79
Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1'43.098
James Toseland (Yamaha World Superbike) 1'43.147
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) 1'43.425
Max Neukirchner (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'43.549
Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Alstare) 1'43.612
Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki WSRT) 1'43.902
Javier Fores (Kawasaki WSRT) 1'44.413
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki WSRT) 1'44.9
Vittorio Ianuzzo (Suzuki) 1'44.908
Alex Hofmann (Aprilia test rider) 1'45.5
Regis Laconi (FDX Ducati) 1’46 458

Supersport

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'44.329
Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki WSS) 1'44.619
Michele Pirro (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) 1'44.999
Broc Parkes (Kawasaki WSS) 1'45.0
Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki WSS) 1'45.875
David Salom (Kawasaki WSS) 1'46.2
Gino Rea (Yamaha WSS)   1’46 423