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Rea edges Haslam in Portugal

Ducati pick up the pace in Portugal, but Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam are again the men to beat
Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam continued to dominate the first World Superbike test of the year at Portimao as they opened up the final day of action by locking out the top two positions once again.

So far, Rea and Haslam have between them topped each session so far, with the latter yet to drop any lower than second position. On this occasion though, Rea took the honours with a last gasp lap time that was just one thousandth of a second quicker than Haslam's.

Ducati Xerox stepped up their pace to end the session third and fourth in the order of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, but while both riders enjoyed stints at the top of the timesheets, they would end up six tenths behind Rea and Haslam.

Max Biaggi and Leon Camier created an Aprilia sandwich, with Cal Crutchlow caught between them in sixth, while Sylvain Guintoli was eighth best, ahead of Althea Ducati duo Shane Byrne and Carlos Checa.

Elsewhere, Troy Corser was 11th for BMW, although team-mate Ruben Xaus was a lowly 17th after suffering his second crash of the weekend. Chris Vermeulen was the quickest Kawasaki rider in 13th, while James Toseland was 14th on the Yamaha.


Tagged as: Ducati , Haga , Haslam , Portimao

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Nitro - Unregistered

January 24, 2010 1:30 PM

My point exactly... Haslam and Rea fighting amongst themselves for the so called phsychological advantage of 'fastest' and 'top brit', whilst everyone else keeps a sensible head on and gets on with their own testing schedule. I suspect everyone was running around the 1.44 mark for most of the session before Haslam and Rea decided to have their own personal little competition. Be interesting to see what happens in the 6th session this afternoon...

Nitro - Unregistered

January 24, 2010 2:15 PM

Well you can't get much more 'insiders knowledge' than this... 67Shakey's last 'tweet'... 'Had our first session this morning, it started off pretty damp and slippery but dried out ok in the end. We're working hard!!' So damp for most of the session, drying out right at the end due to bike-induced wind, tyre heat + a bit of sun. SO Haslam and Rea have a little duel for 3 or 4 laps... end of. The best settings from the last 3 days will come together for the final session, which if dry (forecast says it will be dry and sunny) should show how things are stacking up... Go 67Shakey...



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