2010 Portimao World Superbikes QP1 - Haslam Takes Provisional Pole

Championship leader Leon Haslam sits on provisional pole after the first session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at Portimao, the Alstare Suzuki rider continuing his strong start to the season and the second round of WSBK. The young Briton jumped to the top of the timesheets with 10 minutes to go, taking provisional pole from his fellow countryman Sterilgarda Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.

Indeed, British riders dominated much of the session, with the top 4 all hailing from Albion for the second half of practice, with only occasional forays by Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa disrupting British dominance. But by the end of the session, the two Ducatis had driven a wedge between the Brits, Max Biaggi joining Fabrizio and Checa to take 4th. The two Sterilgarda Yamahas finished in 5th and 6th, with James Toseland just getting the better of his young teammate Cal Crutchlow, while Shakey Byrne on the other Althea Ducati took 7th place ahead of the Pata S&G bike of Jakub Smrz.

The one no-show during qualifying was Kawasaki rider Chris Vermeulen. The Australian had taken one lap during free practice earlier in the day, before deciding that his knee injury was still not sufficiently recovered to withstand the punishment that the Portuguese circuit's rollercoaster layout dishes out to riders. Vermeulen is likely to be forced to skip the rest of the weekend's activity.

A second session of qualifying tomorrow morning will decide who goes through to Superpole in the afternoon, before the final grid is settled during the three-session Superpole shootout.

Results of the first qualifying practice session for the World Superbike class at Portimao:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.476  
2 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.508 0.032
3 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'43.645 0.169
4 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.688 0.212
5 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.735 0.259
6 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.769 0.293
7 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.881 0.405
8 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'43.932 0.456
9 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'44.041 0.565
10 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.042 0.566
11 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'44.098 0.622
12 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'44.203 0.727
13 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.272 0.796
14 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.423 0.947
15 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'44.559 1.083
16 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'44.851 1.375
17 88 A. Pitt BMW S1000 RR 1'44.852 1.376
18 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'45.368 1.892
19 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'45.406 1.930
20 49 M. Tamada BMW S1000 RR 1'45.522 2.046
21 32 S. Morais Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.933 2.457
22 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.096 2.620
23 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'46.657 3.181
24 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.805 4.329
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One second covering the top 15. I'm loving World Superbikes!

Great 2 see suzuki on the top spot.This year marks the 25 th aniversary of the legendry GSX-R.What better way 2 celebrate it with race wins & possibily a championship.Leon is the only rider consistantly fast right from the first testing last year.Leon is arguably the stronest contender to the championship