After two red flags in the final afternoon a request from the teams testing at Portimao was granted and they got the chance to run on from the scheduled finish at 5pm to what will now be 6pm.
For many it was important to make up for lost time due to earlier bad weather and the two unexpected red flag incidents.
The second red flag came about when Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati) fell on the first left-hander of the undulating Portimao circuit, on what he suspects was a cold tyre. “Today it is very cold and in the first corners you go right, right, right, then in the first left the tyre was cold and I crashed,” said Terol, a new rider in WSB this year. He was uninjured after his fall. “I am fine and this was my first crash in Superbike. It is a new track to me and it is also windy.”