2011 WSBK Portimao Test Thursday Session 1 Times: Checa Fastest In Freezing Rain

The weather on Portugal's Algarve coast turned cold and wet overnight, making the prospect of running a lot of laps in pre-season testing a deeply unappealing one to most riders. While most chose to stay in their garages (or like Johnny Rea, seek treatment in the medical center), eight dauntless souls braved the rain and worked on a wet weather setting for the 2011 World Superbike machines. Of the fearless, Carlos Checa was fastest on the Althea Ducati, finishing ahead of Eugene Laverty and Nori Haga. The weather prospects are looking better for this afternoon.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'56.162  
2 58 E. Laverty Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.126 1.964
3 41 N. Haga Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.377 2.215
4 86 A. Badovini BMW S1000 RR 1'58.897 2.735
5 52 J. Toseland BMW S1000 RR 1'59.390 3.228
6 84 M. Fabrizio Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.474 3.312
7 33 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.419 4.257
8 121 M. Berger Ducati 1098R 2'01.201 5.039
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