2017 Portimao WorldSBK Preview | Kawasaki/Ducati Duel Heads to Portugal

“I’m happy to return to Portimao this weekend as it’s a race weekend that I really enjoy. The circuit has a lot of character and is fun to ride but in recent years the track has become very bumpy,” Jonathan Rea says.

“It will be very important to optimize our set up to be strong for the full race. We had a great private test in the middle of the year so I’m sure we can start on Friday with a good feeling. I have spent the last few days here in Portugal already with my family, enjoying the Algarve weather and getting focused for what is a very important weekend for me. Our target is to try and win two races.”

2017 Portimao WorldSBK Preview: Kawasaki's Tom Sykes
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes

Sykes, the 2013 WorldSBK Champion, also has strong performances in Portugal. Sykes has garnered four podiums, including two wins, while racing with Kawasaki. So far this season, Sykes has a total of two wins and four pole positions.

Also, ff Sykes claims the pole at Portimao, he will have equaled the record of 43 held by Troy Corser. This is more than possible; Sykes is the only rider to claim more than one pole in Portimao, the Brit earning three-consecutive Superpoles from 2012-2014.