October 25th, 2009
Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Portimao:
Results of the rain-soaked MotoGP race at Sepang:
A downpour between the end of the 250cc race and the start of the MotoGP race has caused the race to be delayed. The rain has now ceased and the riders are heading out onto the track for the start, which has been delayed by 35 minutes. The track at Sepang dries very quickly in the tropical heat, but we are set for a flag-to-flag race at Sepang.
Results and report for the 250cc race at Sepang:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Sepang:
Ben Spies said that he that he had trouble getting focused enough to start "holding the thing wide open." That "thing" of course, is the trusty Yamaha YZF-R1 that carried him to his record-setting eleventh Superpole of the 2009 World Superbike season today at Portimao. Spies had been lagging about a half-second off the pace in practice and the first Superpole session and didn't find his groove until the second outing, where he topped the field, two-tenths of a second faster than Ten Kate Honda's Jonny Rea, who previously had been at the top of the time sheets all weekend. The Texas Terror went out in the third round with a used tire that didn't meet to his liking and subsequently returned to the pits without setting a lap time. Spies' Yamaha Italia crew then fitted a fresh qualifier on the back of the R1 and Spies ventured out with three minutes and change left in the session and merely set the fastest lap ever at the Portugese track, over a half-second faster than his nearest rival, Sterilgarda Ducati's Shane "Shakey" Byrne.
Results of the three Superpole sessions, as they happen.
Johnny Rea was the fastest rider in the final session of free practice ahead of this afternoon's Superpole. The Irishman was over a tenth quicker than Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa, with Shane Byrne another couple of tenths behind Checa. In the war for the championship, Ben Spies finished ahead of Noriyuki Haga, but only but just over a tenth of a second.
Eugene Laverty has taken pole for the World Supersport race at Portimao on Sunday. The Parkalgar Honda rider just inched ahead of Cal Crutchlow by less than a tenth of a second. Michele Pirro was 3rd fastest of the day, while Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu completes the front row.
Johnny Rea held on to provisional pole during the second session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at Portimao. Rea improved his time to finish ahead of Ducati's Michel Fabrizio and Aprilia's Max Biaggi, while Jakub Smrz completes the provisional front row. Noriyuki Haga took four tenths off his time from QP1 to leapfrog ahead of Ben Spies, who could not improve on the time he set yesterday.
Kenan Sofuoglu set the fastest time in second session of free practice for the World Supersport class, deposing Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz with a late run. Lascorz had previously done exactly the same to Cal Crutchlow, after the Yamaha rider had topped the timesheets for much of the session. Eugene Laverty finished behind Crutchlow once again, but as in previous sessions, the difference was minimal.
Results of qualifying for the 250cc class at Sepang: