World Superbike and World Supersport 2013
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) rode to an assured race two podium finish with third place in the FIM Superbike World Championship event at Portimao in Portugal, after the disappointment of a retirement in race one.
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was able to start race one despite the pain from his long-term left lower leg injury but he did not compete in race two.
In the first race, having qualified third in Superpole and starting from the front row of the grid, Rea was in contention early on but only completed eight laps, after encountering a technical issue with his machine. Marco Melandri (BMW) won the first 22-lap race.
Haslam had battled weakness in his injured left leg to ride to 14th in Superpole but he only completed one more lap than Rea in race one before pulling in. He had to use a lot of upper body strength to move his bike around at the very physical Portimao circuit and this proved to be almost as much of an issue as his injured leg, so he did not start the second race.
In race two Rea chased hard on the heels of leader and eventual race winner Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) for 17 laps but a drop in pace as his tyre life got used up allowed Laverty to escape and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) to overtake. Jonathan had sufficient pace to hold onto a hard earned third place. This was his second podium finish of 2013.
In the championship standings Rea is seventh with 105 points, 14 points behind sixth placed Loris Baz (Kawasaki). Haslam is 15th with a total of 29 points.
The next round will take place in Imola, Italy, on Sunday June 30, with all classes represented once more.
Michael van Der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) made a real play to try and win the 20-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race at Portimao but had to give best to the trio of riders who had led the race from the start. Sam Lowes (Yamaha) won his fourth race in a row, with Kawasaki riders Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoglu just behind.
Michael, who had qualified in sixth place for a second row start, had to pick his way forward at good pace and finally got into contention. All the same he had to settle for fourth place, which puts him fourth in the overall rankings, one place ahead of his team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team).
The battle for the race win was thrilling for the sparse crowd with van Der Mark finally pleased to have been able to run up front yet again with the most experienced WSS riders in his rookie season.
Lorenzo suffered a big crash on Saturday, injuring his shoulder and putting him a lowly 24th on the grid. He fought back to finish 14th and score two points but it was a frustrating day for the Italian rider after some recent good showings on raceday.
Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) put in a season best of fifth today after qualifying on the front row. From third on the grid he was in the leading group early on but even after making what he felt was an imperfect tyre choice he was fifth, and second best Honda rider behind van Der Mark. Morais was nine seconds down at the flag and is now 11th in the points.
Rookie rider Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto Honda) had to overcome pain from a right leg injury after hitting a high kerbstone with his knee on Saturday and he finished a career equalling best of sixth place in the race and holds eighth in the championship with 44 points.
Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini Honda) continued to work well in the WSS class by qualifying and finishing in ninth place. One off rider and local favourite Miguel Praia, who expanded the Lorini Honda team to two riders this weekend, joined him on the grid. Miguel finished 20th.
With Zanetti 14th Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) finished off the top 15 and scored a point, with David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) 16th and young rider Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) 17th.
A luckless day for Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) saw him retire with a technical issue. He is now 24th in the points table.
|1||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|2||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|4||L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|5||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|6||C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|7||M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)|
|8||J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|9||C. CHECA (Team Ducati Alstare)|
|10||F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)|
|11||V. IANNUZZO (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)|
|12||I. CLEMENTI (HTM Racing)|
|13||M. NEUKIRCHNER (MR-Racing)|
|1||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|2||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||J. REA (Pata Honda World Superbike)|
|4||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||C. DAVIES (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|6||C. CHECA (Team Ducati Alstare)|
|7||J. CLUZEL (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)|
|8||A. BADOVINI (Team Ducati Alstare)|
|9||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|10||M. FABRIZIO (Red Devils Roma)|
|11||M. NEUKIRCHNER (MR-Racing)|
|12||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)|
|13||F. SANDI (Team Pedercini)|
|14||A. LUNDH (Team Pedercini)|
|15||V. IANNUZZO (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)|
|1||S. LOWES (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|2||F. FORET (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|3||K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|4||M. VD MARK (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|5||S. MORAIS (PTR Honda)|
|6||J. KENNEDY (Rivamoto)|
|7||A. ANTONELLI (Team Goeleven)|
|8||L. SCASSA (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)|
|9||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|
|10||C. IDDON (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse)|
|11||V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|12||M. ROCCOLI (Team Pata by Martini)|
|13||A. BALDOLINI (Suriano Racing Team)|
|14||L. ZANETTI (Pata Honda World Supersport)|
|15||L. MARCONI (PTR Honda)|