News 18 Sep 2017

Rea completes perfect Portimao WorldSBK weekend

WorldSSP victory places Sofuoglu atop championship standings.

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Kawasaki Racing Team’s reigning Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea capped off a perfect weekend at Portimao, Portugal, to win race two on Sunday.

Rea took victory by almost six seconds over second-placed Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), as Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) rounded out the podium.

In the absence of the injured Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and with Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) crashing out with three laps to go, it was another significant victory for Rea as he edges closer and closer to a third successive WorldSBK title.

The weekend could not have gone better for Rea as he won both races, secured pole position on Saturday and wrapped up the 2017 Pirelli Best Lap Award title. He now leads the general standings by 120 points over his teammate Sykes and could secure the 2017 WorldSBK title at Magny-Cours in two weeks time.

Van der Mark was delighted with his first podium with Yamaha after the Dutchman beat Melandri to the finish line by 3.367s. Just off the podium was Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia), whilst Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) also featured in the top five.

Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia), Leandro Mercado (IODARacing), Australian Anthony West (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Ayrton Badovini (Grillini Racing Team) and Takumi Takahashi (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) completed the top 10.

Defending WorldSSP champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in fine form as he notched up win number five of the season at the Prosecco DOC Portuguese Round on Sunday.

Sofuoglu rode with caution in the early laps but ultimately beat championship rival Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) by just 0.08s, whilst Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) crossed the line in third.

The race saw both Australian riders ruled out as both Lachlan Epis (Repsonse RE Racing Kawasaki) and Giuseppe Scarcella (Team Lorini Honda) didn’t finish.

The Supersport 300 World Championship saw Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) claim victory in yet another spectacular race, leading Alfonso Coppola (SK Racing) and Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) to the finish.

The Superstock 1000 European Championship race on Sunday concluded five laps early due to a red flag, with the victory being taken by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).

Pole man Florian Marino (Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team) and Maximilian Scheib (Nuova M2 Racing) were classified in second and third respectively, as Australia’s Mike Jones ( Racing Junior Team) finished fourth and Glenn Scott (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) 16th.

After an exciting Prosecco DOC Portuguese Round, the WorldSBK riders will next be in action at the Pirelli French Round in two weeks’ time, over the 29 September to 1 October weekend.