2009 Portimao World Superbike QP1 Results - Rea On Provisional Pole

Johnny Rea is on provisional pole for Sunday's final round of the World Superbike championship at Portimao, after a last-minute surge saw the Ulsterman shoot ahead of Jakub Smrz. Smrz had led for a large part of the session, but the final minutes of qualifying saw a big group of riders suddenly making serious improvement. Ben Spies was among their number, setting the 3rd fastest time on his last lap, and leaping up from behind his title rival Noriyuki Haga. Carlos Checa was another last-minute lapper, taking the final place on the front row alongside Spies.

The late burst of speed pushed Noriyuki Haga down onto a provisional 3rd row, the Xerox Ducati man setting the 9th fastest time. Even worse, Haga was nearly four tenths of a second off Spies' time, and nearly half a second off Rea's provisional pole. The second session of free practice takes place tomorrow morning, at which time the final 20 riders will be selected who will participate in Superpole.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.786  
2 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'43.866 0.080
3 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.870 0.084
4 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.945 0.159
5 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.947 0.161
6 10 F. Nieto Ducati 1098R 1'44.005 0.219
7 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'44.154 0.368
8 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.210 0.424
9 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'44.254 0.468
10 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.324 0.538
11 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'44.674 0.888
12 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'44.822 1.036
13 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'44.830 1.044
14 23 B. Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.963 1.177
15 100 M. Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.977 1.191
16 99 L. Scassa Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.077 1.291
17 14 M. Lagrive Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.133 1.347
18 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.239 1.453
19 22 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'45.333 1.547
20 15 M. Baiocco Ducati 1098R 1'45.345 1.559
21 25 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.390 1.604
22 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'45.508 1.722
23 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.676 1.890
24 77 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.512 2.726
25 94 D. Checa Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.775 2.989
26 88 R. Resch Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'47.961 4.175
Round Number: 
14
2009
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