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2009 World Superbike - Portimao Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2009 World Superbike round in Portmao in the 2009 World Superbike Portimao photo gallery.

Tom Sykes is currently in eighth position in the championship standings.
Ben Spies wins his eleventh superpole start for the final round at World Superbike.
Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio at Portimao.
Stiggy Racing Shane Byrne finished fifth at Portimao.
Yukio Kagayama is chasing another podium finish for 2009. His first was Phillip Island in third during Race 1.
Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies is looking for a double win this Sunday.
Texan Ben Spies has won the pole position start 10 times in 2009.
'When I tried a qualifying tire, although the grip improved a bit, the bike got upset and it became very risky to push harder. We’ll look at the telemetry and try and work out how or why this happened and then see if we can make some adjustments,' said Ruben Xaus about his experience aboard the S1000RR at Portimao.
BMW's Troy Corser qualified for eighth during the final round at Portimao.
Troy Corser talks about recent changes to the S1000RR for Portimao. He said, 'We shortened the wheelbase to put a bit more weight on the rear end and also made some changes to the rear shock. The bike worked a lot better than yesterday and maybe part of yesterday’s problems might just have been tire-related.'
For the 2009 season, Sterilgarda Yamaha's Tom Sykes best place finish is fourth in Assen.
Noriyuki Haga (41) is the current leader on the 2009 World Superbike season.
Kawasaki's Broc Parkes lighting the afterburners at Portimao.
Sterilgarda Yamaha pilot Tom Sykes at Portimao.
Broc Parkes and teammate Makoto Tamada on board their Kawasaki Racing ZX10R machines.
Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga will need to hit the "Nitro" button to get up through the pack from his ninth-place start at Portimao.
Michel Fabrizio has said he will help his fellow Xerox Ducati teammate Haga win the championship.
Will Nitro Nori finally win the championship title he so desperately wants during Portimao?
Ben Spies takes the World Superbike championship title aboard the Sterilgarda Yamaha.
Shane Byrne at Portimao during the final round of World Superbike.
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa finished seventh in Race 1, but DNF'd Race 2 due to a technical problem.
'We just need more time on the bike and more laps, but I really feel that the bike has the potential to be a contender and I am keen to work hard with the team and make that happen,' said Troy Corser about his BMW S1000RR.
Brit Leon Haslam has 4 podium finishes in 2009; two second-place and two third-place credits.
Leon Haslam will move to the Alstare Suzuki World Superbike team in 2010.
Jonathan Rea finished his 2009 WSBK rookie season on a high note with a double podium finish at Portimao.
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea has an impressive eight podium finishes in 2009. Not bad for a rookie!
'It’s not nice ending the season with a broken leg, but there was nothing I could do about the crash and I prefer to think about the potential of the bike and working with Troy and the rest of the team to put it on the podium.' BMW Ruben Xaus was still working towards recovery from his last crash when disaster struck at Portimao.
Noriyuki Haga chases Ben Spies but couldn't make the pass during Portimao.
The whole Yamaha team celebrates the win at Portimao since Spies won the championship title.
Michel Fabrizio finished ahead of teammate Haga for the second time at Portimao - the first was Imola.
Ben Spies takes care of what little tire may remain after he clinched the win of the 2009 World Superbike title.
Ben Spies atop of the podium and the world after winning at Portimao.
Ben Spies hopes to carry his success to MotoGP next year when he joins fellow Texan Colin Edwards.
Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga crashed out of Race 1 and crossed the line in second in Race 2 effectively ending his chance at the title.
Nitro Nori will return aboard the Xerox Ducati in 2010. Perhaps it will prove to be his year that season.
Michel Fabrizio has 26 wins out of 105 races in his superbike career.
Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies captures his eleventh pole-position start during his 2009 rookie season.