Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team - Ninja ZX-10RR) has taken out the Superbike class, Kenan Sofoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing - Ninja ZX-6R) won the Supersport class, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing - Ninja ZX-10RR) won the Superstock1000 class and Ana Carrasco Gabarrón (ETG Racing - Ninja 300) made history by becoming the first female to win a round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, making it every race won by a Kawasaki at Round 10 of the 2017 WSBK!
Superbike World Championship Round 10 - Race 1:
KRT rider and WorldSBK championship leader Jonathan Rea secured a high quality Portimao win from pole position in the opening race and in doing so took his total of 2017 season race victories to 10. His team-mate Tom Sykes was unable to start the race after suffering a left little finger injury in FP3 this morning.
Such was Rea’s early pace from pole that he was over two seconds faster than the rest after just one lap of the 4.592km circuit, and he eased out his lead to win by over six seconds.
His best lap was a 1’42.937 set on lap two, with no other rider getting into the 1’42 bracket at the bumpy and undulating Portuguese track. Rea’s pace was particularly impressive as his favoured rear tyre option was withdrawn from the allocation for race use today, with Rea and his crew having done most of their set-up work with it to this point.
The 20-lap race started without KRT rider Tom Sykes, who had a big crash in FP3 this morning and fracturing and dislocating bones on his left little finger. He was declared unfit to ride by medical staff and he has to sit out any further action at Portimao.
Tom will go to Barcelona tomorrow for more checks and probably surgery to try to make sure he is fit to race at the next round at Magny Cours in Franc e at the end of this month.
Jonathan’s latest win not only made it 10 for the season but 48 for his career. He has now scored 33 of those wins for Kawasaki, the same total of race victories for Kawasaki as Tom.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “To take 10 wins is great and that is one more than I had last year. I could not quite believe my opening lap. When our bike had full grip it seemed to be on rails but when the grip dropped a little bit I had to compensate with my riding style, and change how I was braking and tipping into the corners. We are 20 laps wiser with the new tyre we used today so we need to work a little bit with that. It was a difficult race to keep my concentration, because with a gap like that it is very easy for something to go wrong when you switch off a little bit. I just tried to keep my rhythm and in the end we could get it done.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I went on my out lap in FP3 and the bike was feeling good. As I started accelerating out of turn eight, still with the bike banked over, the front wheel came off the ground. As it t ouched again obviously the rear was going a lot faster than the front. The front tyre took a moment to come up to speed. In that moment it set off the rear and it got out of shape a little bit. But then it hit the lock -stop on the steering - and that completely kicked the rear out. It got the better of me. Looking at the crash and being a realistic kind of guy, I am a lucky man - but also unlucky that it got to where it did from something so small.”
Superbike World Championship Round 10 - Race 2:
Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed a confident double win performance at Portimao in the FIM Superbike World Championship, despite starting today’s 20-lap race from ninth place - under the reverse grid rules that come into play for race two this year. Jonathan now has 11 wins for the season and he extended his championship lead to 120 points with another full points score today.
After his first Portimao race win on Saturday, from pole position, it was a more difficult challenge for Rea today. He took only two laps to get into the lead and despite a small electronics glitch at times he carried on at an unmatchable pace to record his 34th win for Kawasaki, becoming the company’s all-time WorldSBK race winner.
Rea now has 49 race wins over his entire WorldSBK career and is the third most successful rider in the history of the class. The record sits at 59 wins, set by the legendary Carl Fogarty.
Kawasaki scored a full house of wins in every class this weekend – with Rea’s double in WorldSBK, Kenan Sofuoglu in WorldSSP, Toprak Razgatlioglu in STK1000 and Ana Carrasco in WorldSSP300.
Jonathan was the lone KRT rider today as his team-mate Tom Sykes was in Barcelona undergoing surgery to repair left hand injuries suffered in a big crash in FP3 on Saturday morning.
With Tom unable to score toda y Jonathan moved 120 points clear in the championship fight, with Sykes second overall and race two faller Chaz Davies third, 135 points from Rea’s lead.
Three rounds of the championship remain, the first of them at Magny Cours in France, between 29th September and 1st October.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I am really happy to win and aside from one little issue it was plain sailing race. I made some tough passes in the first laps to get my track position and as soon as I hit the front I made my rhythm and went away. We had a completely different bike set-up today. I had a lot of feedback from the bike and I was able to ride in my own rhythm but with seven or eight laps to go I had a drop in power in second gear. But as the laps were ticking down I could see that the gap was staying constant, and then I saw Chaz went out and I had some breathing space. We have had our bad luck this year in Donington. The championship lead is massive now and we can go to Magny Cours thinking about trying to win it in France. If we have a solid enough weekend in Magny Cours we can get it done. I said to Pere before the race today that because Kawasaki had won every race at Port imao there was big pressure now. He said that there was no pressure as we had done all the jobs, and I should go out and do what I had to do. I visited the podium in every single race at Portimao to say congratulations to the Kawasaki riders. The most impressive was Ana Carrasco. I have never seen an atmosphere like it and our pit box was like a football match. All the KRT team were up there at the podium, so it was cool to see.”
2017 Superbike World Championship Points after Round 10:
- JONATHAN REA 431 KAWASAKI
- TOM SYKES 311 KAWASAKI
- CHAZ DAVIES 296 DUCATI
- MARCO MELANDRI 250 DUCATI
- ALEX LOWES 169 YAMAHA
- MICHAEL VAN DER MARK 166 YAMAHA
- XAVI FORÉS 156 DUCATI
- LEON CAMIER 133 MV AGUSTA
- JORDI TORRES 130 BMW
- EUGENE LAVERTY 117 APRILIA
- LORENZO SAVADORI 99 APRILIA
- LEANDRO MERCADO 84 APRILIA
- ROMÁN RAMOS 84 KAWASAKI
- STEFAN BRADL 67 HONDA
- RANDY KRUMMENACHER 50 KAWASAKI
- NICKY HAYDEN 40 HONDA
- RAFFAELE DE ROSA 36 BMW
- ALEX DE ANGELIS 32 KAWASAKI
- MARKUS REITERBERGER 29 BMW
- AYRTON BADOVINI 25 KAWASAKI
- LEON HASLAM 20 KAWASAKI
- ONDREJ JEZEK 17 KAWASAKI
- RICCARDO RUSSO 12 KAWASAKI
- ANTHONY WEST 11 KAWASAKI
- JAKE DIXON 7 KAWASAKI
- TAKUMI TAKAHASHI 7 HONDA
- ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI 4 YAMAHA
- JOSHUA BROOKES 4 YAMAHA
- JULIAN SIMON 4 APRILIA
- JAKE GAGNE 2