WSBK » Haslam sets unofficial test pace at Portimao

Leon Haslam heads up a BMW 1-2-3 in testing at Portimao, attended by the German manufacturer, Aprilia and the Crescent Suzuki team.

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November 29, 2011 9:49 AM

A 1.46.2 is reported for Seeley elsewhere.

Crashes for both Melandri (a big one) and Davies too (low speed). Both ok.

Camier plagued by brake issues all day, so not many laps put in. He'll be hoping Crescent can make that Suzuki work a bit better today.

bruno boo - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 11:19 AM

Maybe this is the year of BMW first victory, 2 good pilots, a good machinery and a decent preparation for the season.

Hope that Crecsent can be competitive, they are the only Suzuki bikes competing on the high level, such there no more rizla suzuki on motogp.

DAN - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 1:39 PM

Meaningless,the track surface has obviously changed since then, and conditions are not ideal.

I expect the Aprilia's to pick up the pace, lets see if the beemers can stay with them.

whynot - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 2:00 PM

DAN - exactly track temperatures and conditions are alot different to when they were racing there

i'll be paying more attention when the serious testing gets underway right near the start of the season when things have developed alot more

DAN - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 3:22 PM

herman - Thats what most people are assuming as Haslam and Melandri had it written in their contracts, apparently.

BMW have not said anything officially though.

Yamapimp - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 3:30 PM

@ meaningless

That time by rea would've been on a Q tyre so it will be considerably faster. I don't know but I would assume haslams time is on race rubber!


November 29, 2011 5:34 PM

@ Yamapimp
That time today is probably (more than likely)on race rubber but the disparity compared to the race earlier this year may also have to do with the temp/riding surface and other factors such as testing new equipment or set up testing. They didn't note in the article, so I am not sure if they were using Q's for the times. If they used Q's then I would have to say temp/riding surface played a big factor in the times. I am however impressed with Chaz Davies. It is early days but he is up there with the regulars..not sure if he popped on a Q tyre just to get his name on the board (so to speak) but that is good for him. Hope Camier gets going soon on that Suzuki, I hope he is a consistent front runner in 2012. The suzuki should suit him.

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