Portimao: World Superbike Race Results

SBK Race Report

In front of 77.000 people, Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) won each 22-lap race at Portimao today to go second in the championship rankings, behind the rider who took two second places, Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki).

The margin of victory for Biaggi was 0.200 seconds in race one, and 0.191 seconds in race two, as Max took his career win total to six. He scored his first SBK double win today, having started the race second on the grid. Haslam now has 85 points, Biaggi 69.

Giorgio Barbier – Racing Director, Pirelli Moto

"Back in Portimão after just five months allows for some incredible tyre developments, seen already in Race 1 when six riders on five different bikes quickened the lap record as much as 0.75 seconds and the final race time by 16 seconds. After just one year from the start of Aprilia’s renewed SBK project, Biaggi has found the ideal tyre performances to take his first double win. All these impressive results come from Diablo Superbike SC2 front and SC1 rear tyres recently inserted in the Pirelli racing range, based on confirmed solutions from the previous season."

"The eventful races and diverse podiums filled by the four manufacturer’s bikes of Aprilia, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha were no surprise, as starting from the 2nd Superbike practice, the first 18 riders were seperated by only 1.27 seconds. The FIM Superstock 1000 was also notable as congratulations to BMW Motorrad Italia on their first win in the class, to Berger (Honda) who brought down the Lap Record by 1 second, and the final podium filled with three different manufacturers: BMW, Honda, Yamaha."

WSBK Race 1 Results: World Superbike Portimao

Max Biaggi held off Haslam for the race one win but only after a strong man-to-man fight throughout. Jonathan Rea went third for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda, when Cal Crutchlow fell off his Sterilgarda Yamaha late in the race, remounting to go 14th.

Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) had to work hard to keep Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) behind as he scored fourth place. Shane Byrne (Althea Ducati) rode through the pain of a big crash on Saturday to take sixth. Noriyuki Haga recovered from his fifth row start to take eighth and the first BMW Motorrad machine home belonged to Troy Corser, ninth.

SBK Race 1 Results from Portimao
1 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 37’59.283 (159,562 kph)B/A
2 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.200 B/A
3 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 6.901 B/A
4 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 7.457 B/A
5 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 7.564 B/A
6 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 11.420 B/A
7 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 18.391 B/A
8 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 18.536 A/A
9 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 24.514 C/A
10 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 32.427 B/A
11 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 35.045 B/A
12 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 36.816 B/A
13 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 36.841 B/A
14 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 44.678 B/A
15 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 44.942 B/A
16 31 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 59.135 B/A
17 32 Morais S. (RSA) Honda CBR1000RR 59.852 B/A
18 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’00.097 B/A
19 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’10.151 B/A
20 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R B/A
RET 88 Pitt A. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR B/A
RET 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R B/A
RET 49 Tamada M. (JPN) BMW S1000 RR B/A
RET 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR B/A

WSBK Race 2 Results: World Superbike Portimao

A close four-rider fight for the win went to Biaggi again, from Leon Haslam, who was not quite able to overtake Biaggi and make it stick, as Max used his superior drive out of the final corner to pass Leon when it mattered.

Cal Crutchlow scored his second career SBK podium, and his first as a series regular, running his Yamaha to third. Carlos Checa was fourth – and only 1.015 seconds covered the whole top four after another tense race. In the championship Haslam leads with 85 points, Biaggi is second on 69 and Checa third with 60.

In each race today there were four different manufacturers in the top four – Aprilia, Suzuki, Honda and Ducati in race one, and Aprilia, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati in race two. The second race saw a vee-four, a conventional ‘screamer’ four, a cross-plane crankshaft four and a 1200cc vee-twin fill the top four places – all the engine configurations competing in SBK this year within a second of each other after 22 laps and almost 160km of close racing.

It was only last October that the previous Portimao round was run, but in those short months the progress has been amazing. Race one today was 16 seconds faster than it’s equivalent in October and race two was 13 seconds faster this year compared to last.

Max Biaggi

"It is great to get my first double win in World Superbike. The feeling is great and the first double win of anybody this year so I feel confident and we are in a good rhythm. We go to Valencia next and we will ask very much of ourselves there as well. We had good speed down the straight today but if you saw how fast we could exit the last corner then you would know it was not just the engine. Our bike is fast but other bikes are also fast."

Leon Haslam

"I was trying everything to pass Max and in race two I timed it so I could be in the lead with a few laps to go and make a break, but Max came back past me on the straight. It was hard racing today from lap one right to the end. We got two podiums and although I was disappointed not to get another win, we are still leading the championship. That puts a smile back on my face."

Jonathan Rea

"Somebody ran me a bit wide on the first turn of race one and I was held up a lot after that, so when I picked up some pace it opened my eyes to what I could do. In race one I think I made one mistake and had to catch up quite a few riders, but I still finished third."

Cal Crutchlow

"The places where I was losing time where the places I was using the tyre a lot, and I was making a few small mistakes as well. I had Carlos right behind me for most of the second race and that kept me on my toes. Fortunately Max and Leon made a few little mistakes running wide and that allowed me to hang on in there until the end."

SBK Race 2 Results from Portimao
1 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 38’06.128 (159,084 kph)B/A
2 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.191 B/A
3 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 0.658 B/A
4 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1.015 B/A
5 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 3.123 B/A
6 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 9.131 B/A
7 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 11.033 B/A
8 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 13.452 A/A
9 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.964 B/A
10 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 16.377 B/A
11 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 26.351 B/A
12 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 27.964 B/A
13 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 33.566 B/A
14 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 33.823 B/A
15 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 37.372 B/A
16 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 45.611 B/A
17 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.512 B/A
18 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.980 B/A
19 49 Tamada M. (JPN) BMW S1000 RR 1’15.819 B/A
20 88 Pitt A. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’41.672 B/A
RET 32 Morais S. (RSA) Honda CBR1000RR B/A
RET 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R B/A
RET 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR B/A
RET 31 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR B/A

SBK Championship Point Standing (after 2 Rounds of 13)

1. Haslam 85; 2. Biaggi 69; 3. Checa 60; 4. Fabrizio 46; 5. Haga 43; 6. Rea 39; 7. Guintoli 33; 8. Camier 32; 9. Corser 29; 10. Crutchlow 25

Manufacturers standing: 1. Suzuki 85; 2. Ducati 71; 3. Aprilia 69; 4. Honda 40; 5. Yamaha 32; 6. BMW 29; 7. Kawasaki 7

World Supersport

Kenan Sofuoglu (Ten Kate Honda) won a thrilling Supersport race by 0.031 seconds from Joan Lascorz (Motocard.com Kawasaki) and Sofuoglu’s team-mate Michele Pirro. Long time leader Eugene Laverty was caught and passed by both Sofuoglu and Lascorz with a few laps left to run and soon after lost the front, falling but restarting to finish 11th. Chas Davies (ParkinGO Triumph BE1) was fourth on his three-cylinder machine. Local rider Miguel Praia was forced to stop on his Parkalgar Honda.

After the second round, Sofuoglu leads the championship, 41 points to Lascorz’ 40. Laverty has 30 points in third.

Results: 1. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 35’21.143 (155,871 kmh); 2. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.031; 3. Pirro M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 8.879; 4. Davies C. (GBR) Triumph Daytona 675 15.270; 5. Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 22.096; 6. Fujiwara K. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-6R 23.041; 7. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 30.830; 8.Rea G. (GBR) Honda CBR600RR 35.171; 9.Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 35.225; 10. Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 35.239

Championship standing (after 2 Rounds of 13): 1. Sofuoglu 41; 2. Lascorz 40; 3. Laverty 30; 4. Foret 22; 5. Salom 19; 6. Harms 18; 7. Davies 17; 8. Roccoli 17; 9. Pirro 16; 10. Fujiwara 15

Manufacturers standing: 1. Honda 50; 2. Kawasaki 40; 3. Triumph 26

Superstock 1000 FIM Cup

The arrival in Superstock 1000 of the S1000RR was an immediately successful one, as Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) took the win after race long rival Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Racing Junior) ran off track and lost 2.5 seconds on the final lap. Third was Loris Baz (MRS Racing Yamaha) meaning there were three different machines on the podium.

Results: 1. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 21’18.245 (155,193 kmh); 2. Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 2.744; 3. Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 13.154; 4. Barrier S. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 13.800; 5. Bussolotti M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 15.304; 6.La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 15.861; 7. Giugliano D. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 16.727; 8. Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 17.334; 9. Petrucci D. (ITA)Kawasaki ZX 10R 20.558; 10. Savary M. (SUI) BMW S1000 RR 22.386

Championship standing (after 1 Round of 10): 1. Badovini 25; 2. Berger 20; 3. Baz 16; 4. Barrier 13; 5. Bussolotti 11; 6. La Marra 10; 7. Giugliano 9; 8. Antonelli 8; 9. Petrucci 7; 10. Savary 6

Manufacturers standing: 1. BMW 25; 2. Honda 20; 3. Yamaha 16; 4. Suzuki 9; 5. Kawasaki 7; 6. KTM 5; 8. Aprilia 4

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).