Portimao test to attract 22 riders

Just two days after the final round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship, the teams are already looking to 2010
A total of 22 riders will take to the track this week to participate in post-season testing at Portimao, as several teams begin their early preparations for World Superbikes 2010.

Each manufacturer will be present in Portugal, save for BMW, with a number of teams taking the opportunity to get acquainted with new riders ahead of an intense off-season of development.

Leading the way is Suzuki Alstare, who will welcome Leon Haslam to the team, the Briton joining Sylvain Guintoli, who marked his World Superbike debut this weekend with a fine run to the top ten in race two.

Many eyes will be on Yamaha too as James Toseland prepares to appear on the title-winning R1 for the first time in Portugal, along with new World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow.

Ten Kate Honda is due to test with Jonathan Rea and new signing Max Neukirchner, who will appear on a bike for the first time since injuring himself during testing back in July, while Ducati Xerox will look to get over their disappointment of missing out on the 2009 title by getting ready for 2010 with its unchanged line-up of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.

Aprilia and Kawasaki, meanwhile, will be present with three riders each, the former confirmed to test Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, plus one other. Kawasaki, however, isn't expected to test with Chris Vermeulen due to contract restraints, while Tom Sykes is likely to be sidelined with the injury that forced him out of the final round.

Three privateer teams will also take to the track in Portimao, DFX Corse, Althea Ducati and one other, while Ten Kate Honda will be joined by a further three from the Supersport ranks.

Action takes place from 09.00 to 13.00 and then again from 14.00 to 17.00.

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Rea, Portuguese WSBK Race 2 2009
Van der Mark, Lowes, Nakasuga, Yamaha, Suzuka 8 Hours [Credit: Yamaha]
Jake Gagne, Red Bull Honda [Credit: Red Bull Honda]
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Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Aprilia pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Aprilia pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
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Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale engine, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale bikes, Misano WSBK 2017
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Pata Yamaha]
Xavi Fores, Barni Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Bliz - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 4:41 PM

Y'know, honestly if Toesland beats Spies lap record it means nothing... AND if Toesland DOESN'T beat his lap record it STILL means nothing. There could be more/less rubber and the temperature of the track could be completely different--which greatly affects lap times. Toeslands times will really only give us a taste of what he'll do next season. If he's quick (regardless of his times compared to the Sunday's race), he'll be quick. If he's slow, well, no worries they get it worked out on setup. That's it. I hope we can take it with a grain of salt, but I'm sure people won't and will make a HUGE deal about it.

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