Chaz Davies has broken the Jonathan Rea domination by topping the warm-up session at Portimao for Racing Ducati.

After Rea claimed pole position by over seventh-tenths of a second before easing to victory in the Portuguese opener, Davies has struck with 1m 42.396s in the short warm-up session ahead of race two.

With Rea’s preferred Pirelli rear option being withdrawn between qualifying and race one on safety grounds, the Kawasaki Racing Team rider has been getting to grips with his option compound at the Portuguese circuit as he aims to do the double starting from his reversed grid position of ninth.

Eugene Laverty continued to impress on the Milwaukee Aprilia in third on the timesheet as he hopes to find a cure to the team’s tyre wear woes which saw him go backwards through the order in race one.

Race two pole-sitter Leon Camier ended warm-up fourth fastest on the MV Agusta ahead of Jordi Torres (Althea BMW) and the Pata Yamaha duo of Michael van der Mark in sixth and Alex Lowes in seventh.

Marco Melandri could only claim eighth on the factory Ducati in warm-up as Leandro Mercado (IodaRacing Aprilia) and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) rounded out the top ten.

Tom Sykes is missing after his scary FP3 crash in which he sustained a dislocated and fracture finger plus mild burns on his left forearm which have ruled him out of the Portimao race weekend.


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