Portimao Superbike Test: Day 1 Rain Out

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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.


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