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Superbike World Championship Portimao: Rea also unbeatable in run two

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 | Sports

17. September 2017 – 17:03

Jonathan Rea dominates both Superbike races in Portugal

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(cafetheology.org) – World Champion Jonathan Rea continues his dominance in the Superbike World Championship. Also the partial reversed start order changed nothing in Portimao (Portugal). Rea attacked from grid position nine and took the lead in the second round. From then on the Kawasaki factory driver drove off and took the double win this weekend. It was already his eleventh triumph in the current season. "Such weekends do not happen often," Rea grins in the Parc-Ferme. "We had no problems with the set-up, and I was able to concentrate completely on driving, thanks to my team. There was a lot of pressure on the bike, but it was a good start to the race, but I did not know what to do I can not think about the World Championship title now! "Ducati's competition took a lot longer than Rea to get through the field. Finally, the race ended with a disappointment. Three rounds in front of the target flag, Chaz Davies rushed to second place and was outside. It was already his fifth failure this season. This places the Briton in the World Championship behind Tom Sykes, who was missing because of his hand injury in the two races in Portugal, ranked third. With the second place Michael van der Mark set in scene. It was his first podium since his move to Yamaha and a testament to why he is allowed to go on the MotoGP for Yamaha next weekend. "I'm very happy, I was close to this season, but we also had a lot of bad luck," the Dutchman shines. "I had a good start, but then I had problems with the grip, but then I found a rhythm, but I could not drive faster, it was enough for the podium, I also thank Pirelli for having withdrawn a tire for safety reasons. "Thorough race for Marco MelandriMarco Melandri (Ducati) had a great effort to fight through the field and continued to face the final stages against Laverty. The Italian was third on the podium. "It was a very difficult race," the veteran breathes through. "After a few laps I lost the rear wheel brake and often came off the line, then I lost a lot of time behind Eugene, once my bike shook on the straights and I had to overtake him again, so I lost time again I'm not sure if it's a good thing, but it's not a good thing, "he said. The German had bruised his right hand during his crash on Saturday. In the warm-up he tried it with his Honda, but afterwards the doctors forbade him the race start. Among the disappointed faces were two other Britons: Leon Camier started off with the MV Agusta from the pole position and was long in the top field. Eleven laps before the race Camier had a technical problem. In the Medical Center the race for Alex Lowes came to an end. The Briton flew in turn 13 by highsider from his Yamaha. Also Xavi Fores (Barni-Ducati) gave away by a fall in curve 3 a result in the top field. So it was still possible for Jordi Torres (Althea-BMW) after a missed start to fifth place. This was followed by Lorenzo Savadori (Milkwaukee-Aprilia), Leandro Mercado (Ioda-Aprilia), Anthony West (Puccetti-Kawasaki), Ayrton Badovini (Pedercini-Kawasaki) and Takumi Takahashi (Honda) Magny-Cours (France), Jerez (Spain) and Losail (Doha) on the program. 150 World Cup points are still awarded. Rea leaves Portugal with a lead of 120 points on his team colleague Sykes. Davies has 15 points behind Sykes. Rea can now become world champion in Magny-Cours. The two races take place in two weeks.

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