2011 WSBK Portimao Test Thursday Session 2 Times: Rea Back On Top

With the rain easing off since this morning, the afternoon saw most of the WSBK riders venture out on the second day of testing at Portimao. The two main exceptions were the factory Aprilia riders of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, who, luckily as it turned out, had been booked to spend the day at a Piaggio event, before flying back to Portimao in the afternoon.

The afternoon saw Johnny Rea top the timesheets, after skipping the morning session, the Castrol Honda rider finishing ahead of Sterilgarda Yamaha's Marco Melandri, the Italian making significant progress at the Portuguese circuit. Carlos Checa was once again near the top of the timesheets, ending the day in 3rd, ahead of the Liberty Ducatis of Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz.

Testing concludes on Friday.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 4 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'54.718  
2 33 M. Melandri Yamaha YZF R1 1'55.063 0.345
3 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'56.162 1.444
4 50 S. Guintoli Ducati 1098R 1'56.505 1.787
5 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'56.902 2.184
6 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.213 2.495
7 58 E. Laverty Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.126 3.408
8 41 N. Haga Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.377 3.659
9 86 A. Badovini BMW S1000 RR 1'58.711 3.993
10 84 M. Fabrizio Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.919 4.201
11 52 J. Toseland BMW S1000 RR 1'59.390 4.672
12 121 M. Berger Ducati 1098R 1'59.472 4.754
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Sound's very promising the performance of jonathan rea aboard that fireblade. he ended 4 in the previous season, i'll expect than the fireblade can handle better the RSV4F, also dont forgive bmw's am sure than we have a surprise by the german factory.

I hope Melandri can do well in this series, it will do him some good. :)

What is the point of scheduling a PR event involving your two factory riders in the middle of a pre-season test, one month before the first race? I know it worked out ok because of the weather but what were they thinking?!

I don't understand what's going on at Aprilia, overconfidence, they can skip a precious day of testing because they will easily win a second crown in 2011?

I think he plays the piano now.