SECOND AND THIRD ROW FOR THE APRILIA RSV4 RF
LEON HASLAM, FASTEST ON A RACE TYRE, FINISHES IN FIFTH PLACE
JORDI TORRES FINISHES NINTH, STILL STRUGGLING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE QUALIFIER TYRE
Portimão, 6 June 2015 – The World Superbike Saturday at Portimão saw the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils improving vastly, with Haslam putting the best time on the sheets in FP4 prior to Superpole.
So the English rider went into the decisive session ready to pounce, a sensation that was confirmed by his top time in the first phases using a race tyre. Unfortunately a moment of indecision in the first section compromised his performance during his flying lap, the lap where the rider was taking advantage of the soft compound Superpole rear tyre. Despite a good pace in the other sectors, in the end Leon had to settle for a fifth place which does not do him justice and means that he will start from the middle spot on the second row of the grid.
Jordi Torres is still working out the typical difficulties of a rookie season. The Spaniard, lying fifth in the championship standings and the best rookie of the season, also proved to be fast in the two practice sessions, moving into the leading group. Credit for his clear improvement compared to yesterday goes to the hard work done together with his team, improving his Aprilia RSV4 RF in the most critical sectors such as braking and going into turns. But the Superpole “specialised” tyre complicated matters: Jordi is still struggling to take advantage of the increased grip, losing confidence and precious tenths of a second. This is what led to his ninth place on the starting grid which means the third row, where he will start two races from behind.