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    Positive start at Portimao for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki

     

    Date: Friday, July 04, 2014 Positive start at Portimao for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Voltcom Crescent Suzuki enjoyed an encouraging start at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal today for the initial two free practice sessions of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship weekend. Eugene Laverty showed determined promise from the opening stages on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to claim the third fastest time of the morning session. Having made adjustments to his Suzuki in order to accommodate his right foot, re-injured during Misano's race one a fortnight ago, Laverty continued his pace throughout the afternoon - setting a 1’44.147 lap to hold third position for both of the individual sessions and claiming fourth overall in the combined times. Despite conditions being drastically different from his previous visit to the Portuguese circuit, Alex Lowes quickly got to grips with the 45°C track. Running in fourth in the morning outing, the British racer continued his progress on the GSX-R1000 recording a 1’44.374 as the afternoon drew to a close, his lap time earning him seventh position heading into tomorrow's final qualifying free practice. Blue skies and glorious sunshine bathed the Autodromo do Algarve for the opening day of track action, with asphalt temperatures reaching 52°C by mid-afternoon. Aprillia’s Marco Melandri held the fastest time in both free practice sessions, with BMW’s Sylvain Barrier claiming the position within the EVO class. Voltcom Crescent Suzuki returns to the Portimao circuit for the final

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