A field of 22 riders from seven different countries took to the track onboard their Yamaha R3 machines to fight it out for pole position. Saturday’s races will find an overall winner, who will be granted a full-time ride in next year’s R3 bLU cRU European Championship. The FP1 session was used by the young riders to gain experience on the particularly tricky Portuguese track, and this first outing was topped by Spain’s Sanchez, ahead of his compatriot Natalia Rivera in second and Italy’s Alessandro Di Persio in third.
In the afternoon’s Superpole session it was all to play for behind Sanchez, who undoubtedly seemed to have a little more pace than the chasing pack and went on to take pole. But the front row remained open until the last seconds of Superpole as the youngsters increased their confidence and upped their pace. Italy’s Guido Fina stormed into second while Australia’s Cameron Swain, fresh from a wildcard appearance in the R3 bLU cRU European Championship in France, took third.
The two races will take place on Saturday at 11:45 and 16:15 CET.