American Kenny Noyes Starts Title Defense From Front Row

American Kenny Noyes, who won the FIM CEV Championship on the final day of the 2014 season on his Palmeto Kawasaki ZX-10R, begins his title defense from the second spot on the Portimao grid flanked by last year´s runner-up, Spaniard Carmelo Morales (Yamaha), on the pole and Frenchman Axel Maurin (Kawasaki), who starts third.

Reigning champion Noyes was fastest in the morning session but concentrated on setup and tire wear in the afternoon and was only bested by 0.2 seconds by Morales in the final minutes of the session. Conditions could be tricky on Sunday with showers likely during the day. The Superbike class runs two races starting at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Kenny Noyes P2 – 1:46.281: “This is the most difficult track in the series for me. I struggled here last year, finishing second and third, but never on the winning pace. Today we may have been too conservative in the afternoon as we tried to steady the bike. We managed to make it more comfortable, but we made an exchange of agility for stability. We did make some long runs on used tires, and we have a good pace, but we´ll work in the warm-up to get back what we lost. We’ll need to do some work both on settings and electronics, but I believe we can be very competitive.”

American Kenny Noyes, who won the FIM CEV Championship on the final day of the 2014 season on his Palmeto Kawasaki ZX-10R, begins his title defense from the second spot on the Portimao grid flanked by last year´s runner-up, Spaniard Carmelo Morales (Yamaha), on the pole and Frenchman Axel Maurin (Kawasaki), who starts third.

Reigning champion Noyes was fastest in the morning session but concentrated on setup and tire wear in the afternoon and was only bested by 0.2 seconds by Morales in the final minutes of the session. Conditions could be tricky on Sunday with showers likely during the day. The Superbike class runs two races starting at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Kenny Noyes P2 – 1:46.281: “This is the most difficult track in the series for me. I struggled here last year, finishing second and third, but never on the winning pace. Today we may have been too conservative in the afternoon as we tried to steady the bike. We managed to make it more comfortable, but we made an exchange of agility for stability. We did make some long runs on used tires, and we have a good pace, but we´ll work in the warm-up to get back what we lost. We’ll need to do some work both on settings and electronics, but I believe we can be very competitive.”

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