This morning Ryuichi Kiyonari and current JSB1000 championship leader Takumi Takahashi (replacing the recovering Leon Camier) began an official two-day WorldSBK test in Portugal, working to adapt the set up of their CBR1000RR to the spectacular Algarve International Circuit Portimao.

Splitting the track time with the World Supersport teams, the WorldSBK riders completed two 1h:50 stints, one in the morning in cooler conditions and one in the early afternoon in higher and more challenging temperatures.

Takumi set a fastest time of 1’44.380 on lap 23 of 32 of the afternoon’s session, which placed him 17th at the end of the day. Ryuichi recorded the18th fastest time, a 1’44.552, on lap 24 of 28 of the first morning’s session.

Testing will conclude tomorrow.

Takumi Takahashi 13

Morning session: 1'44.645 (P18)- Afternoon session: 1'44.380 (P16) Combined: P17

First of all I wish to thank HRC and the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team for the possibility to take part in the test. It’s a nice opportunity for me and I’ll do my best. I knew the track already, having raced here in 2017 but I spent the first session getting re-acquainted with it while adapting the bike’s settings. In the afternoon it was more demanding as it was very hot but we were able to make some improvements. All in all it has been a positive day and I look forward to continuing tomorrow”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

Morning session: 1'44.552 (P17) Afternoon session: 1'44.801 (P18) Combined: P18

“It has been a long summer break! We have been quite busy with the 8-Hours in Suzuka of course but I was also able to spend quite a lot of time with my family and friends which was really good. Having said that, I’m very happy to be back with the team and on my bike for this test. I raced here ten years ago and the track is maybe a little bumpier but not by much. This morning’s stint was good, while the afternoon’s session was more challenging due to the higher temperatures. Anyway, we have been able to complete good work on the bike setup, improving it over the day”.

WSBK 2019
Test   Portugal

Day 1 (Combined)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'41.897
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.056
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.087
4 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'42.174
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.421
6 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'42.426
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.449
8 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'42.487
9 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'42.495
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'42.523
11 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'42.649
12 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'42.760
13 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 1'42.836
14 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'43.077
15 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'43.187
16 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'43.411
17 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'44.380
18 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'44.552
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'44.665
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal autodromodoalgarve.com

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6