Eugene Laverty finally showed what he and the Milwaukee Aprilia are capable of at the Portimao WorldSBK round by blitzing the outright lap record on the way to pole position in Portugal.

The Monaco resident set a 1’40.705 to go six-tenths under Tom Sykes’ record which was enough to beat countryman and reigning champion Jonathan Rea by 0.060s with Aruba Ducati’s Marco Melandri in third.

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