WSBK: Portimao Starting Grid, With a Very Varied Front Row


What Happens When It’s a Mish-Mash

1:43pm EST — With four different manufactures supplying the bikes that qualified on the front row, the second round of WSBK in Portimao looks to be another day of great racing.  Cal Crutchlow took pole, with Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa fighting closely over the second starting position.  Current championship leader Leon Haslam will finish off the front row.  In a surprising turn of events, last season’s championship runner-ups, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga only qualified seventeenth and eighteenth, respectively.  Because qualifying is done in three knockout rounds similar to Formula1, some times further back in the grid will actually be faster than those ahead.  Results of qualifying and the provisional starting grid for Sunday’s races, courtesy of the official WSBK website:

1. 35 Crutchlow C. 1:42.092
2. 3 Biaggi M. 1:42.513
3. 7 Checa C. 1:42.586
4. 91 Haslam L. 1:42.596
5. 65 Rea J. 1:42.807
6. 96 Smrz J. 1:42.889
7. 67 Byrne S. 1:42.960
8. 11 Corser T. 1:43.152
9. 50 Guintoli S. 1:42.984
10. 111 Xaus R. 1:42.999
11. 2 Camier L. 1:43.039
12. 66 Sykes T. 1:43.199
13. 76 Neukirchner M. 1:43.380
14. 57 Lanzi L. 1:43.568
15. 52 Toseland J. 1:49.401
16. 99 Scassa L. 1:44.249
17. 84 Fabrizio M. 1:43.564
18. 41 Haga N. 1:43.686
19. 88 Pitt A. 1:43.781
20. 49 Tamada M. 1:45.142
21. 32 Morais S. 1:45.520
22. 15 Baiocco M. 1:45.610
23. 31 Iannuzzo V. 1:45.795
24. 95 Hayden R. 1:45.799

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