Jonathan Rea get his 65th career victory in Portimao race 1 to extend his championship advantage to 104 points.
KRT’s Jonathan Rea scored his sixth consecutive in Saturday’s Portimao race 1, after flawless start from second position got him the lead into the first corner on lap one, streaking away comfortably from Ducati’s Marco Melandri, who ended the race in second position, and Pata Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark, who completed the podium in third.
Race went completely wrong for race one poleman Eugene Laverty, as slow start dropped hit to 4th position in turn one and few seconds later his race was over at turn two, as Barni Ducati’s Xavi Fores misjudged his braking point, crashing into the Irishman and taking both riders out early. Behind Rea and Melandri it was Lorenzo Savadori, who took advantage of the chaos, to slot into third position, with Van der Mark and Chaz Davies, who came to fifth from fourteenth, right behind him. As Rea slowly escaped to multi second lead at the front, there was potential for exciting three way battle for second position between Melandri, Savadori and van der Mark, which ended when Milwaukee Aprilia rider Savadori ended his charge for the first SBK podium with turn 1 change, completing a miserable afternoon for the team after amazing morning.
Behind the top three riders it was Chaz Davies, who took the flag next and scoring valuable pole position for race 2 on Sunday afternoon, which was a good reward for otherwise very difficult weekend for Ducati man. Second KRT rider Tom Sykes finished the race in fifth, completing a decent day for Kawasaki squad, while Althea BMW’s Loris Baz celebrated his best result of the season in sixth.
Jordi Torres, who will make his MotoGP debut next weekend at Aragon riding for Avintia, managed to put his MV Agusta in seventh position, while Puccetti Kawasaki man Toprak Razgatlioglu got the award for top Independant rider in eight position, finishing just ahead of Aruba Ducati junior rider Michael Rinaldi and Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes, who rounded up the top 10 after issues at the start of the race. Leandro Mercado finished in eleventh position onboard his Orelac Kawasaki, couple of seconds ahead of Yonny Hernandez and top Honda rider Jake Gagne, in what was a very hard day for Honda riders, as both Leon Camier and PJ Jacobsen retired from the race with issues. Roman Ramos on GoEleven Kawasaki was the last man who scored the points in 14th place.
Race 2 will happen on Sunday at 15:15 local time (14:15 GMT)
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