Rivamoto Honda rider, Jack Kennedy finished today’s first qualifying session in the 6th round of the World Supersport Championship from Portimão on the provisional front row of the grid, and the top Honda in the class.
|Kennedy dominated at the beginning of the session
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This morning’s free practice session saw the Irishman plant his CBR600RR in second position by the time the flag went out.
Kennedy continued this form into the sun-kissed qualifying session in the afternoon, matching his pace from the morning which meant that for the opening twenty minutes, Kennedy sat top of the pile. Only towards the end of the session was his speed bettered by championship favourites Sufuoglu and Lowes; Kennedy was unable to further challenge the two riders due to the heavy traffic around the circuit.
Given that the former British Supersport runner-up is only on his second visit to the circuit located in the Algarve of Portugal, he surprised himself as well as his team with his sheer speed from the off, this weekend: “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.
Team Manager, Jeremy McWilliams seemed equally as elated: “I feel like I am repeating myself but Jack has once again bettered our expectations by putting the Rivamoto Honda on the provisional front row. He looks like he isn’t exerting himself. The bike is working well and I am surprised that we are so far up in the results, I didn’t expect it so soon into the weekend. Portimao is renowned as one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar and Jack has once again surprised us all. We need to keep the momentum up but because we didn’t just chuck tyres at it we have something left for tomorrow. We did that time on a race tyre so it keeps us all motivated.”