BMW hit the front.

The return of rain may not have caused any surprises as the second day of World Superbike testing got underway in Portugal, but the sight of two BMWs topping the timesheets will have certainly caused more ripples of interest.

Although aided by the fact that only 14 riders made it out onto track and only half of those posted moderately competitive times, seeing Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus on top will give BMW some added confidence following a steady start so far.

Some six seconds down on Shane Byrne's best lap yesterday, Corser nonetheless made the most of a drying track to post a time of 1min 50.946secs, three tenths quicker than team-mate Xaus.

Guandalini's Jakub Smrz continued to make his presence felt in the upper echelons of the order in third place, while Shinya Nakano gave Aprilia something to smile about as he hauled to the RSV-4 to the fourth best time.

Of the remaining 'competitive' times, Regis Laconi was fifth for DFX Ducati, Luca Scassa sixth for Pedercini Kawasaki and the Suzuki pair of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama were seventh and eighth.

Amongst those not to set a time, Friday pace setter Byrne didn't come out onto track, neither did the factory Ducatis, Yamahas, Hondas or Kawasakis.

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