Rivamoto rider Jack Kennedy is surprised that he bagged himself a provisional front row start, as he set the third fastest lap during the World Supersport qualifying practice session in Portimao this afternoon.
Kennedy has only seen the Portimao circuit on one previous occasion in mixed weather conditions, making today’s fast start even more impressive for his team. He was the early pace setter, easily matching his free practice time from earlier today in which he was second, and for the opening twenty minutes, nobody could match the hard charging Dubliner.
Reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu and current series leader Sam Lowes were the only riders to get close to the flying Kennedy, and in the end it would be the three of them battling it out for provisional pole position for the final twenty-four minutes. At the end of session the wind had increased and changed direction, which when coupled with a number of riders ‘touring,’ prevented any further challenge. But nevertheless Kennedy and his team are happy with today’s results.
“It’s been a great first day. I’m happy that the rain stayed away but I surprised myself a bit. The Rivamoto Honda is good, the team are working well and I’m really enjoying it,” said Kennedy.