After two surprising crashes, Jonathan Rea bounced back to Portimao for a victory in the second race of the World Superbike, while Toprak Razgatlioglu fell due to a mechanical problem.
There was a weird moment at the end of the warm-up lap, which could have been very dangerous as the starting lights did not activate properly.
The race was therefore delayed before a revised race of 19 laps was announced.
It was a shocking start for Michael Van Der Mark and Loris Baz from the front row, while Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea were third and fifth after the first corner.
Rea, who crashed in the previous two races, then passed Razgatgliou and Andrea Locatelli on a breathtaking first lap for the six-time champion.
Rea then took the lead from Scott Redding in the second round, however, Redding and Razgatlioglu resumed their path.
Redding, who came back in front, made two small mistakes in the fourth round which allowed Rea and Razgatlioglu to come back.
Razgatlioglu set another fastest time in lap six before taking the lead in the first corner. However, the Yamaha rider left the door wide open towards Turn 11, which was enough for Rea to pounce.
Rea started to stand out in the eighth round after setting another fastest lap, while Redding tried to take second place from Razgatlioglu.
The Ducati rider joined Razgatlioglu in the first corner, but ran a bit wide, which allowed the championship leader to fall back under him.
Rea’s lead then narrowed once more in rounds nine and ten, but … then more drama happened as Razgatlioglu had a mechanical breakdown before the last turn, causing the crash to fall. Turkish pilot.
Razgatlioglu’s fall helped Rea create a 1.3 second gap on Redding, which then became two seconds as he pulled away.
For the remaining place on the podium, Locatelli came under intense pressure from Baz and Alvaro Bautista, before the two drivers overtook him on the starting straight.
Rea and Redding finished 1-2, however, there was some drama in the battle between Baz and Bautista.
The Honda rider edged out Baz after a small error on the penultimate lap, but the French rider tried to react by coming inside at turn five, a gap that was not there which led Baz to strike. and to overthrow Bautista.
|World Superbike Portimao, Portugal – Race results (2)|
|1||Jonathan Réa||GB||Kawasaki Racing Team||19 laps|
|2||Scott redding||GB||Aruba.It Ducati||+ 5.425s|
|3||Loris Baz||ENG||GoEleven Ducati||+ 8.905s|
|4||Andrea Locatelli||ITA||PATA Yamaha||+ 12.289s|
|5||Garrett gerloff||United States||GRT Yamaha||+ 13.956s|
|6||Michael van der mark||NED||Motorrad BMW WorldSBK Team||+ 15.289s|
|7||Michel rinaldi||ITA||Aruba.It Ducati||+ 20.639s|
|8||Leon Haslam||GB||CRH team||+ 20.933s|
|9||Axel Bassani||ITA||Motocorsa Ducati||+ 26.031s|
|ten||Eugene Laverty||IRL||Motorrad BMW WorldSBK Team||+ 26.276s|
|11||Leandro Mercado||ARG||MIE Honda Racing||+ 31.493s|
|12||Isaac vinales||SPA||Orelac Racing Kawasaki||+ 41.117s|
|13||Kohta Nozane||JPN||GRT Yamaha||+ 42.583s|
|14||Christophe Ponsson||ENG||Gil Yamaha||+ 48.074s|
|15||Jonas Folger||ALL||Benovo bmw||+ 51.009s|
|16||Samuele Cavalieri||SPA||Barni Ducati||+ 57.467s|
|17||Allvaro Bautista||SPA||CRH team||DNF|
|18||Toprak Razgatlioglu||TUR||PATA Yamaha||DNF|
|19||Tito Rabat||ITA||Kawasaki Puccetti||DNF|
|20||Gabrielle Ruiu||ITA||B-Max racing team||DNF|
|21||Lachlan Épis||AUS||Pedercini Kawasaki||DNF|
|22||Loris Cresson||BEL||Pedercini Kawasaki||DNF|