Portimao Post-Race World Superbike Test: Laverty Flies On Aprilia, Parkes Leads Supersports

As one season ends, the next season starts. After a day of rest in which a motley collection of journalists, ex-racers and celebrities got to ride the 2011 World Superbike machines (including Ducati legend Paul Smart), half of the WSBK grid took to the track on Tuesday to start testing for the 2012 season. 

Eugene Laverty was fastest straight out of the box, riding the Aprilia RSV4 for the very first time. The Irishman was working out of the Pata Aprilia garage, as which team Laverty will be riding for (though he is assured of a factory bike and factory support) has yet to be settled, but according to the eagle-eyed David Miller of Bikesportnews, the bike Laverty was riding was Biaggi's, with a plain white fairing on. Laverty was just a fraction quicker than Johnny Rea on the Castrol Honda, who spent a lot of time testing several different specs of machine for next year, and Joan Lascorz on the factory Kawasaki. Leon Haslam was 4th fastest, with rumors that BMW will be dropping the proprietary electronics for a Magneti Marelli system for next season, while his brand new teammate Marco Melandri could only manage the 8th fastest time, though under a second off the pace of Laverty. A remarkable name in 9th place was Brett McCormick, the Canadian Superbike champion, who earned himself a test on the Effenberty Ducati after impressing on Monday, testing the bikes for a magazine. He ended the day just 1.4 seconds off the time of Laverty, but ahead of WSBK veteran Michel Fabrizio, the Italian having his first outing on the satellite BMW.

Unofficial times, courtesy of the official World Superbike site:


Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Eugene Laverty Aprilia 1'42.8    
2 Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 1'42.9 0.1 0.1
3 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing Team 1'42.9 0.1 0.0
4 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport 1'43.2 0.4 0.3
5 Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1'43.3 0.5 0.1
6 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 1'43.3 0.5 0.0
7 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike 1'43.4 0.6 0.1
8 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport 1'43.7 0.9 0.3
9 Brett McCormick Effenbert Ducati 1'44.2 1.4 0.5
10 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike 1'44.4 1.6 0.2


Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Diff Previous
1 Broc Parkes Ten Kate Honda 1'45.8    
2 Sheridan Morais Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki 1'46.0 0.2 0.2
3 Van Der Mark Ten Kate Honda 1'46.5 0.7 0.5
4 Josh Day Lorenzini Kawasaki 1'47.8 2.0 1.3
5 Santiago Barragan Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki 1'49.1 3.3 1.3


Back to top


His story is awesome, if he lands a ride it would be a WSBK fairy tale!

Being the Canadian I am this would be absolutely fantastic to see, and he doesn't appear to be just a token Canadian and rather a possible real contender. I'm gonna take a venture to guess that he jumped on that Eiffenbert Liberty with very little setup and rode the wheels off it best he could, and if so, hats off.

I agree!

he is young, fast and hungry, I'd love to see him in WSBK!

He's had quite a tough go of it, losing rides and working at pizza joints between races etc, I'd love to see him on a decent bike in WSBK

"with rumors that BMW will be dropping the proprietary electronics for a Magneti Marelli system"

Hmmmm...... Did Troy retire to early? Was this one of the things that Tardozzi was pushing for that BMW brass didn't like... Interesting.

If he can stop running in to other people he really could be a solid contender on that level. He's really fast, but seems to ride over his head at times (at least through his stints in the AMA) but hey, who isn't when they're 18!