Motorcycle Racing News Portimao Superbike Test: Day 1 Rain Out

Portimao Superbike Test: Day 1 Rain Out

2010-portimao-superbike-test-day-1-rain-out (1)

World Superbike Test Results

Due to rain, many riders at Day 1 of the private World Superbike test in Portimao, Portugal, were only able to complete three or four laps.

As Yamaha and Aprilia began testing in Phillip Island, Australia, the following Superbike teams are testing at Portimao Monday and Tuesday: Honda Ten Kate (Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus), Suzuki Alstare (Michel Fabrizio), BMW Motorrad (Leon Haslam and Troy Corser), BMW Italia (James Toseland) and Aprilia DFX-Borciani (Noriyuki Haga).

Many of these riders wanted to put some serious testing in preparation of the 2011 World Superbike season, but once they began building momentum on the track the rain came. And as soon as the track would began to dry, additional rain would fall.

Although the conditions were anything but kind to the Superbike grid, Xaus got out on the track for the first time on the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR. Toseland also had a chance to ride a BMW test bike as his BMW Italia machine is being prepared.

Most laps were around the 1:57 / 1:58 mark, and Rea posted the fastest lap of the day on the Ten Kate Honda ahead of Haslam and Corser’s BMW S1000RR motorcycles.

As for Ducati, the Supersonic squad took there new rider, Maxime Berger, to Portimao, but did not put any laps in.

The World Superbike grid will return to a hopefully dry track on Tuesday, the second and final day of testing.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...