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Superbike World Championship – Portimao17.09.2018

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Rea, from record to record

For Jonathan Rea, the Portuguese weekend of the World Superbike championship resulted in a double six. Six straight wins in the championship and six victories in Portimao. The Kawasaki rider is really impressive.

The Races

With Jonathan Rea, even the most incredible victories seem to be disconcertingly easy. The Kawasaki rider is even better today than he was yesterday. An easy winner on Saturday afternoon, Rea made a point of honor of scoring a new success the next day despite his ninth place on the starting grid. After being stopped for a few laps behind his teammate, the Brit slipped out of Chaz Davies’ wake to bring to his World Superbike record to sixty-six wins. Fifth in the first race after qualifying in sixth place, Tom Sykes finished fifth the next day as well. On the side of the Pucetti team, Toprak Ragatlioglu finished eighth in the first race before falling in the second. In Supersport, Hikari Okubo made it to the top ten with a solid ninth place, just ahead of Hector Barbera who recently joined the Italian team.

The Championship

By leaving with a full bag of points again, Rea strengthened his position as championship leader in Portugal. With four hundred and twenty points on the clock, he is now one hundred and sixteen points ahead of Chaz Davies. Fourth overall, Tom Sykes has kept contact with Marc Der Mark who precedes him. In Supersport, Hikari Okubo has moved up to fifteenth place in the championship with only three races left.

The Background

Nothing and no one seems to be able to prevent Jonathan Rea’s triumphal march to a fourth World Championship title in a row. In Portugal, the Kawasaki rider left his opponents behind him. Easily the winner of the first race of the weekend, he went looking for a second success the next day against Chaz Davies ready to do anything to win in turn. In vain. Jonathan Rea had the last word, scoring on the Portimao circuit his seventh win in a row, the sixth since joining Kawasaki. After his two twin-wins in Laguna Seca and Misano, the Brit has added two new victories to his impressive series. He has already notched up twelve successes this season and could well be crowned champion again during the next event at Magny-Cours. “I had another amazing weekend thanks to the work of the entire team,” he said. “Once again, I had a great bike at my disposal.” The triple world champion knew how to ride it to perfection.

17.09.2018