World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) secured his fourth FIM Superbike World Championship race win of the season in the second race at Portimao, mastering the wet conditions and making the best of some good fortune after two chasing riders fell just behind him.
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) equalled his best race result of the year with fifth in the second race, which was reduced to 18 laps from its planned 20 as it was started and run in wet conditions throughout.
Starting from second place on the grid Rea was running fifth in the first 20-lap race after a shower of rain changed the dynamic of the event at half race distance. The light rain eventually eased off with little effect on race conditions and Rea finished fifth, 7.791 seconds from race winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki). Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki) finished race one second and third respectively.
Haslam had found good settings on his CBR1000RR SP during practice on Friday but a technical problem during Superpole qualifying on Saturday meant he started the race from Row 3 in ninth position. Leon came home a disappointed 11th in race one, having been up as high as sixth, before being forced back when he was taken out, and had to claw his way back up from 16th place.
The wet conditions were an unpleasant surprise for all but Rea and his crew made the necessary changes to the bike’s suspension and engine mapping and he led across the line at the end of every lap. Two of his main rivals, Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and Guintoli tangled and fell just as they were lining up to pass Rea, leaving him free to take the race victory in tricky conditions. The Ducati pairing of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies joined Jonathan on the podium whilst Guintoli remounted to finish seventh.
Rea is now fourth in the championship, and only six points from the second place rider Guintoli, with championship leader Tom Sykes 43 points ahead of his closest challenger.
Laguna Seca, in the USA, hosts the next round of the championship, between 11 and 13 July.
Van Der Mark Takes Fourth Race Win of The 2014 Season
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) scored his fourth FIM Supersport World Championship win of the year after a fall of rain shortened the race from its planned 18 laps to 12. Second placed qualifier van der Mark was in command of the race in any case, having taken the lead on lap seven, and after some good battles with fourth place qualifier Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) van der Mark won from the Irish rider by 1.649 seconds. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) took the final podium place.
After a tough day for his immediate championship rivals van der Mark now enjoys a significant 53-point lead. With the Supersport championship not heading to America with their Superbike cousins, there are now four rounds left and ‘Mikey’ has the equivalent of more than two race wins of points in hand over Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) who was a non-finisher today.
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) once more found other riders slowing his potential progress from sixth place on the grid and despite setting competitive lap times he was unable to finish any higher than sixth in the race. This result places him fifth in the championship, only three points from Sofuoglu in fourth.
Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) headed up the second group in the race finishing order, going fourth in the race and finishing 8.042 seconds behind van der Mark. He had been fifth in qualifying and is now eighth in the points.
Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) qualified in 14th place but had to start from the back of the grid after being penalized in qualifying, by riding at the wrong pace on the racing line. He improved to 11th in the race, leaving himself 12th in the championship as Kennedy leapfrogged him by one place after his first ever podium finish in WSS racing.
Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) placed 13th in the Portimao race and Valentin Debise (Com Plus SMS Racing Honda) was a fellow points scorer, in 14th place. Luca Marconi (Lorini Honda) just missed out on a point by one place, in 16th.
Spanish youngster Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) was the last finisher in the race, in 20th place.
There will be no round in America for the WSS riders, meaning their next points scoring opportunity will not be until 7 September, at Jerez in Spain.
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|4||M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|6||A. LOWES (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)|
|11||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|1||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|2||D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)|
|3||C. DAVIES (Ducati Superbike Team)|
|4||A. LOWES (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)|
|5||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|6||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|1||M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|2||J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|3||K. SOFUOGLU (MAHI Racing Team India)|
|4||R. DE ROSA (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|5||P. JACOBSEN (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)|
|6||L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|11||R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)|
|13||M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)|
|14||V. DEBISE (Com Plus SMS Racing )|
|16||L. MARCONI (Team Lorini)|
|20||N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)|