Portimao January WSBK Day 3 Session 6 Test Times - Rea Ends Test On Top

Johnny Rea ended the final session of testing for the World Superbike class at Portimao where he had spent so much of the weekend: On top of the timesheets, just ahead of Leon Haslam. Althea Ducati's Shakey Byrne rounded out another British 1-2-3, a couple of tenths ahead of Ducati's Michel Fabrizio.

The two Sterilgarda Yamahas ended the day in 5th and 6th, Cal Crutchlow fractionally ahead of MotoGP returnee James Toseland. Last year's runner up Noriyuki Haga finished the final session in 7th, ahead of the second Ten Kate bike of Max Neukirchner.

Results of the final Sunday afternoon session for the World Superbikes:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.270
2 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.557
3 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'42.877
4 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.137
5 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.141
6 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.157
7 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.417
8 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.471
9 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.508
10 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.515
11 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'43.629
12 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.749
13 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'43.931
14 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.108
15 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.437
16 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.925
17 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.038
18 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.348
19 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.990

Overall times from the test

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'42.270
2 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.557
3 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'42.877
4 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.960
5 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.137
6 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.157
7 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.364
8 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.417
9 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.471
10 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.508
11 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'43.629
12 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.749
13 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'43.931
14 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.108
15 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.365
16 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.570
17 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.751
18 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.348
19 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.990
20 12 J. Fores Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'47.293

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Comments

Bloody hell, this is going to be some year of Superbike racing! The top 10 above have all got a win in them (yes, including Shakey if he has the right equipment, and Neukirchner and Guinters if they get to grips with their new machines), and then there is Corser and Vermeulan who are both unbeatable on their day (a wet day for Chris?).

Biaggi, Haga, or Rae for the championship methinks (in that order?), with Fabrizio, Crutchlow, Haslam, and Tosland also possible contenders.

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait !!!!!