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    Podium race pace but difficult qualifying for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki at Portimao

     

    Date: Saturday, July 05, 2014 Podium race pace but difficult qualifying for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki at Portimao Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is looking forward to the two eni FIM Superbike World Championship races at the Portimao circuit in Portugal tomorrow after a promising second day at the track saw both racers on the pace despite a challenging Superpole. Eugene Laverty will start from seventh on the grid for Sunday’s races after a successful day had seen him running second and fourth in the earlier free practice sessions. Consistently within the top four times throughout the two-days at the Portuguese circuit so-far, the Irishman is encouraged by his Yoshimura-powered machine and firmly believes he has the capacity to challenge under race conditions tomorrow. A high-speed crash at the end of his first flying lap of Superpole on qualifying tyres sees Alex Lowes reside in 11th, despite a promising pace which looked to have seen him on the second row. Largely unharmed from the off, the Englishman remains positive of his Suzuki GSX-R’s potential ahead of tomorrow’s battle, with less than 0.3 of a second separating the top 10 in the morning practice. The warm conditions continued at the Autodromo do Algarve with track temperatures reaching 49°C for the afternoon’s Superpole while a strong wind kept the circuit a fresh 27°C for the visiting fans. Pole position was claimed by Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, with Sylvain Barrier leading the Evo class’ times. In a change to the standard Eur

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