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Portimao WorldSBK test: Webb gets taste of WorldSSP pace

Britain’s Danny Webb is a rider who has competed in many disciplines in his 28 years and has moved from pure roads to the WorldSSP championship this year, having ridden a few times in the 2013 season for the PTR squad.

Now he is in the WRP Wepol WorldSSP Racing squad, with former MotoGP rider and two-time WorldSBK champ James Toseland as his team manager, and got his first taste of the competition yesterday at the Portimao test.

“I have never been here before so it is just basically coming here to learn the track before we come back during the season. So that box is ticked already. I am just working on myself really,” Webb told bikeportnews.com at the track.


“Coming from the past four years road racing and Endurance racing, I have to re-adapt again. But we are not too far away, which is a positive. This is only the second time we have been together as a team, so everyone is still getting to know each other. But, all in all, things have been positive.”

Webb’s first test came in the south of Spain, and was blessed compared to the bigger names who came there to test shortly afterwards. “We tested at Jerez before the WorldSBK guys went there – and it seems to be that we got the better weather. It has been nice to get to know the team and finally get together.”

Portimao is a challenge to any rider, given its undulations, cambers, blind entries and bumps, so Webb has been going step-by-step into the task of learning it. And it is very different from Jerez. “Coming here, it is completely different - it is a bit like Cadwell Park. You need to learn how to ride it. It is not like any other track because you don’t really attack it so much.

“I need to get my head round that now and that is why we have come here. Everything is good and moving in the right direction.”

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