Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea dominated the final Superpole of the season at Portimao ahead of Carlos Checa.
In the final World Superbike
qualifying session of 2011 Castrol Honda
’s Jonathan Rea
took the honors at Portimao circuit. The Irishman’s lap of 1'41.712 on Saturday gave him his second pole victory of the season after outpacing newly crowned 2011 WSB champ, Carlos Checa
"To be honest, I’d much rather swap this pole position and the one at Magny-Cours for two good results tomorrow, but I’m still very happy with today," Rea said. "I’m enjoying riding the bike so much right now and go out with a smile on my face in every session."
Rounding out the front row were Yamaha
’s Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, the two teammates finishing 0.086 seconds from each other in third and fourth respectively on the grid.
Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz secured second row starts for Sunday’s competition, with Smrz managing to be the final rider within a second of Rea. Meanwhile Kawasaki
Racing’s Joan Lascorz earned the seventh-best lap more than half a second behind the Czech rider. Pata Aprilia’s Noriyuki Haga
will start from the back of Row 2 after finishing last in the final superpole session of the day.
As he’s done so many times this season BMW
Italia’s Aryton Badovini posted the best time for the German marque in ninth. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes
rounded out the top-10 times just 0.095 seconds behind the Italian, with BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam and Aprilia’s Leon Camier both making it on the third row.
Supersonic Racing’s Maxime Berger and Alstare Suzuki
’s Michel Fabrizio failed to make it past the first superpole session. The duo will head a fourth row effort in Sunday’s races, as World Superbike rookie Davide Giugliano saw more improvement on Saturday by finishing 15th. It was a tough day for Aprilia’s Max Biaggi
, who finished qualifying in 17th after failing to make the cut for Superpole. As a result the former champ will have to start from the fifth row, reducing his chances of salvaging a podium finish in the championship.
Portimao World Superbike Superpole 2011 Results:
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1'41.712
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'41.951
Carlos Checa will aim for two more wins in the final round to cap off what has already been an immensely successful season.
3. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1'42.173
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1'42.259
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1'42.627
6. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'42.710
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1'43.282
8. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1'43.307
9. Aryton Badovini (BMW) 1'42.645
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'42.740
11. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1'42.879
12. Leon Camier (Aprilia) 1'43.012
13. Max Berger (Ducati) 1'43.306
14. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1'43.661
15. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1'43.683
16. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki) 1'44.078
17. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'43.907
18. Tory Corser (BMW) 1'44.131
It was a successful day for Kawasaki Motocard.com as two of its riders graced the top-three in Saturday’s World Supersport qualifying at Portimao. David Salom won the session by just 0.050 seconds ahead of his teammate, Broc Parkes. Yamaha PakinGO’s Chaz Davies and Hanspree Ten Kate Honda’s 1'46.747 also made it on the first row as the top-four riders finished within half a second of each other.
Portimao World Supersport Qualifying 2011 Results:
Spaniard David Salom put his Kawasaki on top during World Supersport qualifying at Portimao.
1. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1'45.095
2. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) 1'45.145
3. Chaz Davies (Yamaha) 1'45.253
4. Florian Marino (Honda) 1'45.590
5. Massimo Roccoli (Kawasaki) 1'45.706
6. Sam Lowes (Honda) 1'45.787
7. Fabien Foret (Honda) 1'45.877
8. Luca Scassa (Yamaha) 1'45.968
9. Gino Rea (Honda) 1'45.988
10. James Ellison (Honda) 1'46.167
11. Ronan Quarmby (Triumph) 1'46.262
12. Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha) 1'46.266
13. Miguel Praia (Honda) 1'46.646
14. Danilo Dell’Omo (Triumph) 1'46.729
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Kawasaki) 1'46.747