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Rain disrupts final WSBK test of year

Ruben Xaus sets the pace at Portimao, but rain prevents any representative dry mileage being completed.
The final 2010 test for many of the World Superbike riders ended on a whimper after rain continued to disrupt proceedings during the second day of running in Portugal.

Having hampered the first day of testing, with several riders choosing to stay in the pit lane, more poor weather ensured lap times continued to vary for those that did decide to venture out.

It was Ruben Xaus who emerged from the test with the fastest time as he enjoyed his first laps aboard the Ten Kate Honda, the Spaniard marginally quicker than the man that replaced him at BMW, Leon Haslam.

Jonathan Rea's best time of day one kept him third on the timesheets, though he didn't set a time on day two, ahead of Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio and Troy Corser on the second BMW.

James Toseland's first outing with BMW saw him claim sixth, albeit 2.4secs adrift of pace setter Xaus. Noryuki Haga was the last of the participants in seventh.

Unofficial lap times from Portimao test

1. Ruben Xaus ESP Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 55.8secs
2. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 56.1secs
3. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 56.9secs
4. Michel Fabrizio ITA Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000 1min 56.9secs
5. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 57.1secs
6. James Toseland GBR BMW Italia S1000RR 1min 58.2secs *
7. Noriyuki Haga JPN PATA Aprilia RSV-4 1min 58.2secs

* rode BMW Motorrad test bike



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rusjel - Unregistered

December 01, 2010 7:57 PM

O.k testing in those conditions doesn't mean much but its good to see Rubens up there. Loved your work at the Hypermotard launch mate! Hope you can prove the critics wrong next year

joe king - Unregistered

December 02, 2010 9:17 AM

Anyone on a BMW will be a threat next year in any series. BMW is the place to be at the moment, they have pots of cash to spend and the support to everyone will be endless and not only to the works bikes.



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