Home domination

By SKIP BANDELE [email protected]

Parkalgar Honda star Eugene Laverty (pictured) enjoyed the perfect pre-season preparation at his Portimão home track over the weekend.

The 2009 World Supersport Championship runner-up scorched to a near record table-topping 1.45.104m final lap time to overhaul early pace setter Joan Lascorz on Sunday.

The official three-day test session also saw team mate Miguel Praia finishing fourth to further boost local hopes for the February 28 Philip Island start to the season in Australia.

At the same time British riders swept the board in the principal Superbike class, with Jonathan Rae (Ten Kate Honda), Leon Haslam (Suzuki), Shane Byrne (Dukati) and Supersport graduate Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) recording the quickest times respectively in the 20-man field.