Motorcycle Racing News Portimao WSBK: BMW's Haslam Leads Day 2

Portimao WSBK: BMW’s Haslam Leads Day 2

2011-portimao-superbike-test-haslam-leads-day-two

2012 World Superbike Prep

The second day of World Superbike testing at Portimao was a productive day for BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Leon Haslam as the Brit worked towards properly setting up the S1000RR.

The BMW pilot posted a quickest time of 1: 43.2, which was the top unofficial Thursday time. This was four-tenths of a second quicker than his Wednesday time, which was also the fastest out of all testers in Portimao for the opening day of WSBK testing.

But not far behind Haslam was newly-signed Alitalia Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty. The Northern Irishman trailed Haslam by a tenth of a second. But Laverty’s best time wasn’t achieved without incident. The RSV4 rider suffered a huge highside due to being distracted by another rider, but luckily walked away unharmed.

Another S1000RR followed with the third-fastest time, this one achieved by Ayrton Badovini. The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK rider posted a 1:43.4. Following Badovini was the other Alitalia Aprilia rider, Max Biaggi, who was four-tenths behind Wednesday’s leader Haslam.

World Superbike reports that Chaz Davies (ParkinGO Aprilia) is also slotting in well on his second outing with the Italian four-cylinder machine, while Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) focussed more on set-up work than going for a quick time. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK) did the same, while Leon Camier’s are rapidly tumbling as he cuts the gap to the top men on his Crescent Suzuki.

The Portimao testing will conclude Wednesday, the final day before the new testing ban goes into affect from Dec. 1 through Jan. 15.

Portimao World Superbike Test: Unofficial Day 2 Times:

1. Haslam (BMW) 1’43″2

2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1’43″3

3. Badovini (BMW) 1’43″4

4. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’43″6

5. Davies (Aprilia) 1’44″2

6. Melandri (BMW) 1’44″3

7. Camier (Suzuki) 1’44″7

8. Fabrizio (BMW) 1’44″9

9. Seeley (Suzuki) 1’46″1

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).

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...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...

Harley-Davidson Tremont Shoes Review: Urban Motorcycle Footwear

In the on-going debate over how much protection is enough, the correct answer for each of us comes from within. Some riders would never...

2021 Langen Two Stroke First Look: Street-Legal V-Twin!

If you thought we’d never see another street-legal two-stroke sportbike, you’re not alone. There hasn’t been a full-size two-stroke motorcycle for the street in...

2021 Indian Springfield Lineup First Look (5 Fast Facts)

There are two motorcycles in the 2021 Indian Springfield lineup, with the standard Springfield focused on longer-distance touring, and the Springfield Dark Horse pulling...

2021 BMW R 18 Review (19 Fast Facts on the First Edition)

Over a year after its concept debut, the 2021 BMW R 18 has made its way to production. Much has been written about its...