Carlos Checa was only 0.087 seconds ahead of Eugene Laverty during Friday qualifying in Portugal.
Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa
proved he’s not ending 2011 on a quiet note by posting the fastest time in Friday’s World Superbike
qualifying at Portimao. After winning the championship in the last round at Magny-Cours, the Spaniard continued to run at a competitive pace that saw Yamaha
’s Eugene Laverty finish just 0.087 seconds behind in the charts. Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli was another two-tenths behind the Irishman in third as the field prepares itself for the final round of the season.
’s Jonathan Rea
posted the fourth-quickest time of the day to earn the final spot on the provisional front row. The Irishman had the best pace during the morning session, but during the afternoon fell 0.316 seconds adrift of the leader. Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi
, who’s returning in his first round since Silverstone, earned fifth in the timesheets only 0.012 seconds behind Rea. The former champ was followed by Kawasaki
Racing’s Joan Lascorz, with fellow Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes
just 0.081 seconds behind. The final round is developing into a close matchup as the top-six finishers on Friday were less than half a second from each other.
will suit up one last time this weekend for Yamaha after posting eighth in the charts. The Italian was only 0.001 seconds adrift of Sykes, as Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga and Liberty Racing’s Jakub Smrz rounded out the top-10 finishers in ninth and tenth, respectively.
Motorrad’s Leon Haslam was 13th in the timesheets, but only 0.847 seconds adrift of Checa. Compatriot Leon Camier was just behind by less than two-tenths, followed by BMW’s Troy Corser in 15th. World Superbike rookie Davide Giugliano made his first appearance in the premier class in 18th with Althea Racing.
Portimao World Superbike Friday Qualifying Results 2011:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'43.579
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty was less than a tenth behind Checa as he fights for a third-place finish in the series this weekend.
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1'43.666
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1'43.860
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1'43.895
5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'43.907
6. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1'44.030
7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'44.111
8. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1'44.112
9. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1'44.144
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'44.201
11. Aryton Badovini (BMW) 1'44.278
12. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki) 1'44.410
13. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1'44.426
14. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1'44.598
15. Troy Corser (BMW) 1'44.631
Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Davi Salom snagged provisional pole on Friday at the Portimao circuit. By a margin of only 0.006 seconds ahead of Yamaha PakinGO’s Luca Scassa, Salom claimed the fastest time to kick start the final round of the season. Meanwhile Parkalgar Honda’s Sam Lowes and Yamaha’s Chaz Davies also achieved provisional front row starts, with newly crowned champion Davies finishing the day 0.195 seconds behind Salom. Hanspree Ten Kate Honda’s Florian Marino rounded out the top-five times 0.382 seconds behind.
Portimao World Supersport Friday Qualifying Results:
1. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1'46.195
Kawasaki's David Salom was the fasest Supersport rider after ending the day just 0.006 seconds faster than Luca Scassa.
2. Luca Scassa (Yamaha) 1'46.201
3. Sam Lowes (Honda) 1'46.208
4. Chaz Davies (Yamaha) 1'46.390
5. Florian Marino (Honda) 1'46.772
6. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) 1'46.788
7. Gino Rea (Honda) 1'46.830
8. Fabien Foret (Honda) 1'46.974
9. Miguel Praia (Honda) 1'46.987
10. James Ellison (Honda) 1'47.218
11. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki) 1'47.399
12. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha) 1'47.410
13. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki) 1'47.595
14. Alexander Lundh (Honda) 1'47.710
15. Ronan Quarmby (Triumph) 1'47.725