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Rea takes Portimao pole in style as Kawaskai take top two WSS spots

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Jonathan Rea set the fastest ever Superbike lap at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon to take pole position for tomorrow's final two races of the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
Rea takes Portimao pole in style
The Castrol Honda rider lapped the 4.592km Portimao circuit in a time of 1m41.712s, eclipsing by three tenths of a second the previous best lap set by Cal Crutchlow last season.

Rea has been in scintillating form all weekend for the final SBK round of 2011 and was fastest in this morning's second regulation qualifying session. But the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland saved his best lap for this afternoon's final Superpole session to take his second consecutive pole position.

"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. We had quite a different strategy with tyres today but it looks like being quite a difficult race with the temperatures here and we think the race will probably start around lap ten. For now though, we'll just savour the moment and I'll try my best tomorrow, which is another day after all.

Rea will be joined on the front row for tomorrow's two 22-lap races by newly crowned World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa, who was second fastest today, ahead of Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, who round out the front row.


In Supersport Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com duo David Salom and Broc Parkes qualified ahead of all their many rivals setting up an epic fight as they each now try to take second in the final standings.
For Salom qualifying in Portugal has gone well, with his machine well suited to the elevation changes and hot temperatures experienced during some welcome unseasonably hot weather for October. Salom and Parkes pushed each other on, with only new 2011 champion Chaz Davies able to stay close behind them.
Parkes made improvements as the weekend went on and nearly nailed a pole lap himself and he declared himself happy to be able to start the final round from the first row.
Sunday's 20-lap Supersport race offers many opportunities to the lead Kawasaki duo, as they are currently tied on points in third and fourth place overall and each have their own designs on going for overall second before Sunday night.
"A very good performance from our team today and we enjoyed a great starting position," Salom said. "For me pole is very important for tomorrow as this is the last race of the year. I think these kinds of practice lap times will not be possible in the race, but I think we can keep a good pace. Broc, Chaz and other riders are also very fast, and it is all very close. Tomorrow there will be a big fight in the race for the second place in the championship."
Broc Parkes, added, "Qualifying went all right even though we have not had the best pace all weekend. We made a lot more time up today in the morning and in the afternoon we really arrived. The bike feels quite good but maybe my qualifying lap wasn't the best one. That said I am happy to be where I am on the grid for the race tomorrow. We're on the front row, so we cannot complain. Congratulations to David and I think we gave each other a good 'race' in qualifying, but we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Portimao - SUPERBIKE - Superpole 3
1. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.712
2. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'41.951
3. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.173
4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.259
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'42.627
6. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'42.710
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.282
8. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.307
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.645
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.740
11. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.879
12. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.012
13. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'43.306
14. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.661
15. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.683
16. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.078
17. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.907
18. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'44.131
19. Karl Muggeridge (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.268
20. Javier Fores (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'45.274
21. Joshua Waters (Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'45.311
22. Santiago Barragan (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.495

Portimao - SUPERSPORT - Qualifying 2
1. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.095
2. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.145
3. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.253
4. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'45.590
5. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.706
6. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'45.787
7. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'45.877
8. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.968
9. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'45.988
10. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.167
11. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.262
12. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.266
13. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.646
14. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'46.729
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.747
16. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.896
17. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.949
18. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.958
19. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.981
20. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'47.202
21. Gunther knobloch (GERIN-SKM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.435
22. Jesco GÌ_nther (Vector KM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.557
23. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'47.646
24. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'47.931
25. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'47.944
26. Luca Marconi (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.558
27. Gianluca Vizziello (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'48.613
28. Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'48.728
29. Luke Stapleford (Profile Road and Racing Perfor) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.813
30. David Linortner (GERIN-SKM Racing Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.014
31. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 1'49.284
32. Konstantin Pisarev (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'50.521
33. Eduard Blokhin (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.213
34. Oleg Pozdneev (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.951

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