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Portimao test hampered by weather

Despite the weather James Toseland gets his first run out with BMW, while Ruben Xaus lapped on the Ten Kate Honda.
James Toseland and Ruben Xaus suffered a frustrating start to their respective BMW and Honda careers during testing at Portimao as rain stopped them from completing any dry mileage.

Persistent showers hampered the test all day, preventing any of the present riders from conducting more than just a handful of laps at a time.

It was a particularly frustrating day for Toseland and Xaus, who were making their debuts with BMW Italia and Ten Kate Honda respectively, though the former did get a chance to ride the factory BMW test bike in the wet, while the latter also managed to get out on track.

A number of riders are out in Portugal for testing, with Jonathan Rea signalling his comeback from injury with the quickest lap at around 1min 58secs, approximately 15secs off the ultimate pace. Leon Haslam was second fastest on the BMW.

Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio, Maxime Berger, Ayrton Badovini and Troy Corser are also in Portugal for testing, but no official lap times were taken.

Testing concludes today [Tuesday]



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merc240 - Unregistered

November 30, 2010 3:04 PM

Build something in the UK ??? You must have been at the cr4ck pipe again my friend. The UK can't even maintain it's existing ciruits, most of which are just old adapted WW2 airfields anyway. Rockingham I think was the last purpose built facility in the UK and that hasn't even managed to host a round of BSB in the last 5 years let alone WSBK or GP's. The A-rabs will fund any attempt at a covered test circuit, trust me. This nation is a spent force - has been for decades.



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