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WSS: Title rivals test at Portimao.

World Supersport title contenders Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty will both head into next weekend's championship showdown with recent Portimao track time under their belts.

Crutchlow, who holds a 21 point lead over Laverty, took to the thrilling Portuguese track during a track day on Monday and Tuesday, riding alongside Yamaha team-mate Fabien Foret - and regular street riders!

The 'green' track conditions meant lap times were below normal race pace, but team boss Wilco Zeelenberg was happy with the preparatory work.

"Our tests went well, no crashes or problems and the guys have now had the chance to find a rhythm on the track, even if they could not push just because of the track conditions,” Zeelenberg told the official WSBk website. “But the track is the same for everyone and now we are ready to go to Portimao and race."

Crutchlow aims to become Yamaha's first WSS champion since Jorg Teuchert in 2000.

Laverty and team-mate Miguel Praia will ride at Portimao during a private test on Wednesday and Thursday. The Parkalgar circuit is title sponsor for Laverty's Honda team.

Honda has been unbeaten in WSS since 2002, although all its previous titles were with Ten Kate.



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phil - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 5:17 PM

Cal has nothing to prove, he's been superb all year, Eugene too and both have kicked the a***s of the more experienced riders in the championship. Either of them would be a worthy champion, but it's Cal for me, coz he's a local.

Richard Mushet - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 6:10 PM

Well said Phil. They've made past champions and especially the Ten Kate lads look pedestrian this season. Jonesy will be laughing his t1t5 off that his best mate is fighting with his team for the championship. Just wish he was part of the battle. The Qatar race when Norge showed Pitt how to do it was just the beginning of a superb season for WSS and Brits on the world scene.



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