Rea Fastest in the Wet at Portimao

Jonathan_Rea_Castrol_HondaDay 2 was a wet one for the World Superbike riders at Portimao. Carlos Checa led a morning session that only consisted of 8 riders. For the afternoon session, there was a little more competition as four more riders decided to venture out onto the track.

Jonathan Rea followed up his solid performance during the first day of testing by claiming the fastest time on day two at Portimao. The track was constantly harassed by little rain drops, and Rea was only able to claim a 1’54.718 lap time, more than 10 seconds slower than his day one time. Rea’s time was good enough to beat Marco Melandri by .3 seconds. Melandri didn’t fare nearly as well on the dry track during day 1, claiming 15th place at the end of the first day of testing. Carlos Checa also improved his position in the wet, finishing third behind Melandri.

The Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati team took the fourth and fifth place spots with Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz. Tom Sykes, the only Kawasaki rider to take to the track today, finished in 6th.

Reigning world champion Max Biaggi, and his teammate Leon Camier, didn’t take part in either session today. Reuben Xaus and Joan Lascorz also decided to stay off the track today.

The World Superbike riders will have one more chance to test at Portimao tomorrow. After that, they will have their final testing session in Australia on February 21-22, before the season begins on February 27th.

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