Once again, Jonathan Rea took a dominant victory in Portimão leaving him with a 120 point advantage over Tom Sykes in the overall standings.
After his performance yesterday, Leon Camier looked like a possible podium contender for race two. He took pole position and led the race until partway through lap two, when Rea took to the front and ran away from the pack. Camier soon dropped back through the pack and was eventually forced to retire with a technical issue.
The only real action from race two was the short-lived kerfuffle between Michael van der Mark, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty. Van der Mark soon got the better of the two and dashed off into third, leaving the Ducati and Aprilia to scrap for fourth. Melandri and Laverty are by no means friends, and this shone through on their on-track battle. The pair constantly swapped positions with numerous overtakes, but the Italian eventually bridged a gap in front.
With Rea almost six seconds down the road, Chaz Davies was left in a lonely second place. With three laps to go, the Welshman crashed out, handing second place to Michael van der Mark, while the Dutchman’s team mate Alex Lowes was left reeling in the medical centre after a huge highside. As we all know, van der Mark is getting his MotoGP call up in Aragon next weekend to replace the injured Valentino Rossi, and his performance today has shown exactly why he’s the right man for the job.
Although today’s race was a bit of a snooze-fest, it was still a huge triumph for Rea who could (and probably will) wrap up his third consecutive WSBK title in Magny-Cours in two weeks time.
A special mention to Ana Carrasco, who became the first woman to win an international motorcycle race in World Supersport 300 this morning.
World Superbike results:
1. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team – 34:40.917
2. Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team + 5.834
3. Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing Ducati + 9.201
4. Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia + 12.792
5. Jordi Torres, Althea BMW Racing Team + 15.943
6. Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia + 19.359
7. Leandro Mercado, IODARacing Aprilia + 23.286
8. Anthony West, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing + 36.982
9. Ayrton Badovini, Grillini Racing Team + 48.544
10. Takumi Takahashi, Red Bull Honda WorldSBK Team + 50.000
11. Ondrej Jezek, Grillini Racing Team + 51.944
12. Alessandro Andreozzi, Guandalini Racing + 56.705
13. Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Team + 1:07.518
14. Riccardo Russo, Pedercini Racing SC-Project + 1 lap
15. Roman Ramos, Team Kawasaki Go Eleven + 4 laps