Rea leads Brit dominance of Portimao WSB test
Jonathan Rea set the pace on the third and final day of the WSB test in Portimao with a lap time under the circuit best lap set by Ben Spies. Riding the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, Rea spent the three days dicing at the top of the timesheets with fellow countryman Leon Haslam riding the Alstare Suzuki.
Shane Byrne saved his best to last to secure third place onboard his new Althea Ducati. The former BSB champion had to overcome a number of set-up problems but showed once again his undisputed pace around the undulating Portimao track.
Cal Crutchlow was the next Brit in fourth place riding the factory Yamaha. Despite suffering a crash during the final session, Crutchlow showed that he will be a contender in 2010 especially as he is yet to find the optimum set-up on his R1.
Xerox Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio was the first non Brit on the timesheets in fifth spot. Fabrizio had to overcome a sickness bug on day one of testing and was unable to show his usual testing pace.
James Toseland claimed the sixth fastest time after a seriously busy test evaluating new development parts on his Yamaha R1. Despite not being totally satisfied with his lap time, he remains confident that he is making constant improvements to his overall package.
Leon Camier dropped down the leader board to 12th on day three after going the wrong direction on machine set-up with Tom Sykes having a difficult test down in 15th place over two seconds off the pace.
In Supersport it was a good day for Eugene Laverty and his Parkalgar Honda team who secured the fastest time ahead of Joan Lascorz and Michele Pirro. Chaz Davies ended the test in sixth onboard his BE1 Triumph.
For the full inside story on the three day official test see MCN out Wednesday 27th January 2010.
1 65 REA Jonathan (GBR) HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.270
2 91 HASLAM Leon (GBR) Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.557
3 67 BYRNE Shane (GBR) Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'42.877
4 35 CRUTCHLOW Cal (GBR) Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.960
5 84 FABRIZIO Michel (ITA) Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.137
6 52 TOSELAND James (GBR) Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.157
7 3 BIAGGI Max (ITA) Aprilia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.364
8 41 HAGA Noriyuki (JPN) Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'43.417
9 76 NEUKIRCHNER Max (GER) HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.471
10 50 GUINTOLI Sylvain (FRA) Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.508
11 7 CHECA Carlos (ESP) Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'43.629
12 2 CAMIER Leon (GBR) Aprilia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.749
13 11 CORSER Troy (AUS) BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'43.931
14 77 VERMEULEN Chris (AUS) Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.108
15 66 SYKES Tom (GBR) Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.365
16 111 XAUS Ruben (ESP) BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'44.570
17 23 PARKES Broc (AUS) ECHO CRS Grand Prix Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.751
18 31 IANNUZZO Vittorio (ITA) Squadra Corse Italia Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.348
19 95 HAYDEN Roger Lee (USA) Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.990
20 12 FORES Javier (ESP) Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'47.293
1 50 LAVERTY Eugene (IRL) Parkalgar Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'45.104
2 26 LASCORZ Joan (ESP) Kawasaki Motocard.com Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.292
3 51 PIRRO Michele (ITA) HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'45.587
4 117 PRAIA Miguel (POR) Parkalgar Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'45.834 5 37 FUJIWARA Katsuaki (JPN) Kawasaki Motocard.com Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.988
6 7 DAVIES Chaz (GBR) ParkinGO Triumph BE1 Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.610
7 99 FORET Fabien (FRA) Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.836
8 25 SALOM David (ESP) ParkinGO BE1 Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 1'47.054
9 40 DI SALVO Jason (USA) ParkinGO BE1 Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 1'47.773
10 9 DELL'OMO Danilo (ITA) Kuja Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'48.098
11 5 LUNDH Alexander (SWE) Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda CBR600RR 1'49.332
12 16 CHARPENTIER Sébastien (FR ParkinGO Triumph BE1 Triumph Daytona 675 1'49.452
13 33 CAZZOLA Paola (ITA) Kuja Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'49.553
14 8 CHESAUX Bastien (SUI) YZF Yamaha Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.627