Joan Lascorz began the countdown to the start of the 2010 World Supersport Championship by setting the quickest time in the first of this weekend's official test sessions at Portimao.

Both the Spaniard, who finished fourth in the 2009 standings with Provec Kawasaki, and his team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara have been busy testing over the winter before arriving in Portugal, a fact displayed by their first and third places on the timesheets.

With the 'green' circuit ensuring lap times were comfortably off the record set by Cal Crutchlow at last year's race meeting, Lascorz set a best time of 1min 46.630secs, just a tenth faster than Ten Kate Honda's new signing Michele Pirro.

In total, 14 riders made it on track for the morning session, including the four BE1 Triumphs, the quartet being led by Chaz Davies in fourth position, albeit almost two seconds slower than Lascorz.

A good session all round for Kawasaki, Fabien Foret was a promising fifth on the Lorenzini ZX-6R, while local favourite Miguel Praia was sixth quickest to be the fastest Honda rider.

It also put him ahead of team-mate and 2009 Portimao race winner Eugene Laverty, last season's runner-up making a steady start in eighth behind CBR600 counterpart Danilo Dell'Omo.

Of the remaining Triumph riders, David Salom was ninth fastest, ahead of former champion Sebastien Charpentier, while Jason Di Salvo was 12th quickest. Meanwhile, Paolo Cazzola, the first woman to commit to a full season of World Supersport racing, was 13th best.

One rider missing from the timesheets, however, is Kenan Sofuoglu. The Turk had hoped to have recovered from his broken ankle in time for the test, but has been forced to sit it out.


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