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Americans Shine In Portuguese Rain

Cameron Beaubier ended Friday with the third fastest time in FP2 for Sunday’s Tissot Grand Prix of Portugal. File photo by American Racing

It may not rain much in California, but that didn’t stop a pair of Californians from slotting themselves into the top four in a very wet second Free Practice session for Sunday’s Tissot Grand Prix of Portugal at the Algarve Circuit in Portimao.

American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier ended FP2 with the third-fastest time, a 2:01.391 on the ninth of his 13th lap, while Joe Roberts was fourth on his Italtrans Racing Kalex with his 2:01.409 despite a crash near the end of the session.

The session was led by Liqui Moly Intact GP’s Marcel Schrotter and his 2:00.678 lap, which was a half a second clear of Autosolar GASGAS Aspar’s Jake Dixon’s 2:01.179.

Beaubier’s American Racing teammate Sean Dylan Kelly ended the session in 26th with a best of 2:05.585.

Only 10 riders opted to test the conditions in FP1 with Roberts fourth quickest and Kelly 10th. Beaubier opted to stay in his pit box for FP1.

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