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2011 World Superbike Portimao Test Day 2

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jonathan Rea took the top time in Day 2 testing at Portimao.
Jonathan Rea, the second-fastest rider during the opening day of testing, took the top time in Day 2 at Portimao.
Castrol Honda rider Jonathan Rea took the top time during the second day of World Superbike testing at Poritmao. The season opening test at the Portuguese circuit was marred during Day 2 by wet conditions, which dropped lap times by more than 10 seconds off yesterday’s times.

Rea, who was second-fastest on Day 1, was the only rider to dip under the 1’55 mark. The Honda man was followed on the sheet by World SBK rookie, Marco Melandri, aboard the factory Yamaha. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa was third-fastest.

The quickest rider from Day 1, Effenbert Liberty Ducati’s Jakub Smrz, was fifth-fastest, one spot behind new teammate Sylvain Guintoli.

Day 1 riders Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki), Ruben Xaus (Honda), Leon Camier (Aprilia) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia) did not participate in the Thursday sessions.
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2011 World Superbike Portimao Test Day 2:
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1'54.718
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) 1'55.063
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'56.162
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1'56.505
5. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'56.902
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'57.213
7. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) 1'58.126
8. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) 1'58.377
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1'58.711
10. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki) 1'58.919
11. James Toseland (BMW) 1'59.390
12. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1'59.472

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Gixxer Gary -BMW  January 28, 2011 08:09 AM
It's unfortunate that factory BMW racers Corser and Haslam didn't participate so we could compare. I know their in Australia doing their own testing but it would have been nice to see how they compare to the other racers. I have a strong feeling both Corser and Haslam will be contenders for the championship.
GhostRider -#4 or #65? Doesn't Matter!  January 28, 2011 04:50 AM
Rea is picking up right from where he left off last season before he got injured and ruined the remainder of his charge to the front! The Honda was becoming more competitive as well. Rea knows what he needs to do in order to get that MotoGP ride in 2012. Castrol and Honda has something up their sleeves for 2011. The WSB field better get out of Rea's way!
R34 -Melandri!  January 27, 2011 08:59 PM
Go Marco!! Melandri or BUST this season.