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Superpole three
Ben Spies 1'42.412
Shane Byrne 1'42.996
Michel Fabrizio 1'43.015

Sterilgarda Yamaha's Ben Spies has blasted his way to another World Superbike pole position at Portimao this afternoon while championship rival Noriyuki Haga could only manage a third-row start (see below).

The American put in the quickest-ever lap of the Portugese circuit, just ahead of Sterilgarda Ducati Shane Byrne whose final lap of 1'42.996 was enough to secure second, with Michel Fabrizio third and Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea in fourth.


Despite a lap-gasp charge, Stiggy Honda's Leon Haslam will start both tomorrow's races from the head of the second row with Aprilia's Max Biaggi next to him, Fonsi Nieto in seventh and Troy Corser in eighth after he picked himself out of the gravel.

Superpole two
Ben Spies 1'42.568
Jonathan Rea 1'42.719
Max Biaggi 1'42.956

Xerox Ducati's Noriyuki Haga was sensationally knocked out of the final Superpole session after he couldn't muster a lap fast enough to take him into the final eight, whle team-mate Fabrizio only just snuck in.

Rea was the first man ever to lap under 1'43 with his opening circuit on a qualifying tyre but Spies then went quicker with an astonishing 1'42.568, which is nearly a second faster than Troy Bayliss's lap record.

Corser's final lap was enough to put his S1000RR into the final session which knocked out Guandalini Ducati's Jakub Smrz and pushed Haga further down the order and onto the third row.

Jakub Smrz
Noriyuki Haga
Sylvain Guintoli
Carlos Checa
Leon Camier
Yukio Kagayama
Makoto Tamada
Matteo Baiocco

Superpole one
Jonathan Rea 1'43.056
Max Biaggi 1'43.469
Ben Spies 1'43.532

Rea put in a blistering lap after only two minutes in the opening session which was never bettered while Biaggi, who crashed at 120mph in the previous free practice, was a little under half a second behind and on his second bike.

Spies was second for a lot of the period until Biaggi went quicker while Haslam was initally fourth but was bumped down the order by late laps from Guintoli and  Byrne. Camier just avoided the drop after doing a lap on qualifying tyres but still finished 16th.

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