Jonathan Rea on his way to the double at PortimaoThe conditions for this afternoon’s second WorldSBK race at Portimao's Autodromo Internacional do Algarve were almost perfect as the earlier rain had disappeared. The full 20-lap encounter on a dry circuit was won in the end by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who stepped atop the podium for the tenth time this season by crossing the line 5.416s ahead of his nearest rival Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team). Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils) returned to podium ways by finishing third.
Rea’s double win moves him into 3rd overall in terms of most consecutive podium finishes (15). The KRT rider now sits in seventh place for the most number of race wins in the series (25).
As in the first encounter, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) initially led before being passed by team mate Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), the trio pulling clear of the pack as their pace at the front increased.
As the race continued Rea began to stretch a lead, leaving Sykes and Giugliano to fight for second until the former champion’s ZX-10R suffered what looked like a technical problem. The former champion would eventually finish eighth. Haslam took full advantage of the situation to take third, his first podium since Aragon race 2.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished fourth to score more solid points ahead of the Pata Honda pairing, with Michael van der Mark getting the better of reigning World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli on the final lap.
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) scored 9 points with his 7th place finish ahead of Sykes, Leandro Mercado, who was in the top ten once again on his Barni Ducati and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati).
Positions between 11th and 15th were taken by Roman Ramos (Team GO Eleven Kawasaki), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati).
WorldSBK Portimao - Race 2
01 - N.65 - J. REA - GBR - Kawasaki Racing Team - Kawasaki ZX-10R
02 - N.34 - D. GIUGLIANO - ITA - Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team - Ducati Panigale R
03 - N.91 - L. HASLAM - GBR - Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils - Aprilia RSV4 RF
04 - N.07 - C. DAVIES - GBR - Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team - Ducati Panigale R
05 - N.60 - M. VD MARK - NED - PATA Honda World Superbike Team - Honda CBR1000RR SP
06 - N.01 - S. GUINTOLI - FRA - PATA Honda World Superbike Team - Honda CBR1000RR SP
07 - N.81 - J. TORRES - ESP - Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils - Aprilia RSV4 RF
08 - N.66 - T. SYKES - GBR - Kawasaki Racing Team - Kawasaki ZX-10R
09 - N.36 - L. MERCADO - ARG - BARNI Racing Team - Ducati Panigale R
10 - N.15 - M. BAIOCCO - ITA - Althea Racing - Ducati Panigale R
Superbike - Drivers' standings (7 of 13 rounds completed)
1. J. REA KAWASAKI 330
2. T. SYKES KAWASAKI 206
3. L. HASLAM APRILIA 199
4. C. DAVIES DUCATI 184
5. J. TORRES APRILIA 131
6. S. GUINTOLI HONDA 113
7. M. BAIOCCO DUCATI 88
8. M. VD MARK HONDA 85
9. L. MERCADO DUCATI 85
10. A. LOWES SUZUKI 80