Scott Redding took control of the first day of testing at Portimao – ending the day at the top of the time sheets on his ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati.
Ahead of the World Superbike Championship kicking off next month, the paddock has been out testing at Portimao in Portugal – and at the end of the first day, British rookie Scott Redding topped the timesheets, putting in a (unofficial) lap of 1’41.179.
On his second visit to Portimao, Redding set quick lap times on both of his bikes – as he went out in search of rear grip. With its long corners and tight hairpins, the circuit proved the perfect opportunity for the British Superbike Champion to test his bikes – and test them he did, putting in a series of strong laps towards the end of the day to finish up at the top of the pile on day one.
Two-time WorldSBK race winner Loris Baz finished up in second on the Ten Kate Racing Yamaha – with Toprak Razgatlioglu coming in third. The Turkish rider came into Portimao after finishing second in the standings at Jerez – and on his first day in Portugal, he claimed third. Not bad.
HERE ARE THE (UNOFFICIAL) LAP TIMES OF THE TOP SIX RIDERS AT THE END OF DAY ONE:
Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’41.179
Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +0.573
Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WORLDSBK OFFICIAL TEAM) +0.702
Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WORLDSBK OFFICIAL TEAM) +0.878
Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +1.482
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +1.561
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