2010 Portimao World Superbikes QP2 - Smrz Surprises To Lead Into Superpole

Jakub Smrz shook up the World Superbike field by shooting to the top of the timesheets and snatching provisional pole during the second session of qualifying at Portimao. The Czech Pata S&G rider looked like leading a Ducati clean sweep lat on in the session, Smrz leading Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio and Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa, with only Leon Haslam the only non-Ducati on the front row, holding off Noriyuki Haga to keep 4th. But the final minutes of practice saw the field shake out and some diversity of equipment emerge.

Smrz hung on to the provisional pole, but only on a technicality, with Aprilia's Max Biaggi setting the same time as the Pata S&G rider. Michel Fabrizio followed a whisper behind, just seven thousandths separating his time from Smrz' and Biaggi's, while a relatively fast thirty four thosuandths separated 4th place man Leon Haslam from Smrz. Johnny Rea took 5th, just a few thousandths behind, and five hundredths slower than Smrz and Biaggi.

Carlos Checa ended the session in 6th, the first man to be over a tenth of a second behind Smrz, while James Toseland took 7th on the Sterilgarda Yamaha and Nori Haga finished in 8th. Tom Sykes set a very respectable 9th fastest time, just under half a second from Smrz and Biaggi.

The fastest twenty riders go through to this afternoon's three Superpole sessions, which will decide the final grid order for the race.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'43.003  
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'43.003 0.000
3 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'43.010 0.007
4 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.037 0.034
5 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.053 0.050
6 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'43.115 0.112
7 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.320 0.317
8 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'43.418 0.415
9 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'43.485 0.482
10 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'43.491 0.488
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'43.588 0.585
12 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.589 0.586
13 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'43.589 0.586
14 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.616 0.613
15 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'44.037 1.034
16 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'44.212 1.209
17 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'44.249 1.246
18 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.272 1.269
19 88 A. Pitt BMW S1000 RR 1'44.553 1.550
20 49 M. Tamada BMW S1000 RR 1'45.044 2.041
Out of Superpole:
21 32 S. Morais Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.520 2.517
22 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.610 2.607
23 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.795 2.792
24 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'45.799 2.796
Round Number: 
2
2010
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