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Portimao kick-off: Jonathan Rea shocked the competition again

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Sports

15. September 2017 to 17:17

Jonathan Rea drove impressive lap times in the final minutes

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(cafetheology.org) – The WSBK drivers were looking forward to sunshine and a permanently dry track at the training session in Portimao (Portugal). In the afternoon, however, a violent wind swept across the track. In addition, the start of the session was delayed due to an oil spurt in the Superstock 1,000 class. Most drivers lost some time through the oil trail in the final sector. It was world champion Jonathan Rea, who set the pace with his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. The Briton led the scoring in both training sessions. In the morning, Rea needed 1: 43,170 minutes for his fastest run. In the second free practice, he squeezed his best time by more than half a second and drove the fastest lap of the day in 1: 42.621 minutes. Kawasaki team colleague Tom Sykes was the first prosecutor in the morning, but could not improve in the second session. In the standings, the World Cup runner-up slipped to the sixth position. If 0.36 seconds were missing on Rea at the start of the morning session, the residue in the second session increased to 1.007 seconds. Thanks to the morning time, Sykes finished the first day in Portimao on position five.Ducati with technical problems

Technical defect: Marco Melandri lost a lot of training time in the morning

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The Ducati Werkspiloten drove again and again sektorbest times on Friday and landed in the day value on the positions two and three. Marco Melandris day started little gratifying. The Italian had to stop his Panigale early in the first practice. A technical problem prevented Melandri from using the time as planned. In the end the veteran landed in the morning only on the 19th position, but in the afternoon he managed a significant increase. With 0.586 seconds behind, Melandri was the first prosecutor of Rea.Chaz Davies did not make a perfect lap. The Briton had to break off his attacks on the best time again, because he ran into other riders or installed driving errors. Davies lost a tenth of a second on Melandri. The positive surprise on Friday was undoubtedly MV-Agusta driver Leon Camier, who proved his class again and was ranked fourth with the F4. The morning session could even end Camier as third place finish. Prilia confirms an upward trend

Milwaukee-Aprilia driver Eugene Laverty left a strong impression

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Behind the Kawasaki, Ducatis and the MV Agusta of Camier followed Aprilia-driver Eugene Laverty, who confirmed with place six that the Milwaukee crew gets better and better. Nine-tenths of a second were missing on Rea, but second place was just over three tenths of a second. Laverty qualified as team colleague Lorenzo Savadori for the superpole 2. Also in the top 10, the two Yamaha Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark and Honda pilot Stefan Bradl landed. The German rescued 10th place and thus provided a good news. Obviously, Bradl has additionally motivated the current negotiations. Team-mate Takumi Takahashi, as expected, had a hard time coming up with the WSBK fireblade. The best time was 3,386 seconds. Bradl's time was pretty much two seconds faster.Takahashi must compete in Superpole 1 on Saturday and meet Althea BMW driver Jordi Torres and Barni Ducati driver Xavi Fores. For Ducati, the training session in Portimao was not a good advertising in terms of durability. In addition to Melandris Panigale, Fores' motorcycle also gave the service. The Spaniard had to park a machine with a smoky engine and could not intervene in the final minutes.

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