2019 Portugal World Superbike Results: Rea/Bautista Split Wins

2019 Portugal World Superbike Results Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea

2019 Portugal World Superbike Results

Following the nearly two-month summer break, the 2019 World Superbike Championship continued at Portugal’s Portimao this past weekend for round 10 of 13 in the final stretch of racing.

The four-time reigning WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea was the favorite, the Northern Irishman having doubled at the Portuguese SBK round the past two years.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider immediately set the pace Friday and followed that up with claiming the top qualifying spot Saturday in Superpole. He capitalized on this position to take the race one win on Saturday after dominating 20 laps, and the Superpole Race win on Sunday.

2019 Portugal World Superbike Results Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea

Though he fought hard in race two, Rea was beat the line by a mere 0.111 of a second by rival Alvaro Bautista on the Aruba.it Racing Ducati V4 R, who claimed his 15th race win of the season Sunday.

Regardless, Rea still has a stronghold over Bautista in the points battle. As he chases his fifth-straight title, the ZX-10RR pilot has 490 points, 91 ahead of Bautista with three rounds remaining.

Joining Rea on the race-one podium was Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies (-3.891) and Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Michael van der Mark (-6.168). In race two, Bautista was joined on the podium by Rea (-0.111) and Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Round 11 of 13 of 2019 WSBK is slated for September 27-29 at the historic Magny-Cours circuit in France.

2019 Portuguese WorldSBK Winner Quotes:

Jonathan Rea (1/2 finish): “I felt strong with the bike. I was pushing in Race Two and where Alvaro was gaining time on the front straight and the top straight, coming out of T5 I almost felt that he was increasing the gap. But when we went into T14 I had already eaten up that advantage he had in the first sector.

“It was enough motivation to keep pushing. He was making a few mistakes and it was enough for me to keep the pressure on. You never know what can happen and I could see the gap to Toprak was increasing in those last six laps. Yesterday I ate too much tyre in the beginning but today on lap 19 I could set a 1’43.2. I enjoyed that final race; we had a fight. I am proud of myself because I had fight in me.”

2019 Portugal World Superbike Results Ducati's Alvaro Bautista
Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista

Álvaro Bautista (2/1 finish): “It has been a very tough weekend for me, especially physically because my shoulder is still not at 100%. I felt worse this morning after yesterday’s race so I tried to start well in the Superpole Race.

“Unfortunately, I lost a lot of positions and used up most of my energy, but I finished second which meant that I could start from the front row in race 2. In the afternoon I again made a bad start, lifting the front of the bike up and losing some positions but I was still in the leading group so was not too worried. Mid-race I felt my pace was stronger so I decided to go for the lead and push hard until the end.

“I could manage the advantage but in the last two laps I felt every drop of energy leave me, luckily it was the last lap because I didn’t have anything left. It was my first time here in Portimão and I’m happy to get a win again after more than two months.”

2019 Portugal WSBK Results, Race 1

Pos.RiderTime
1Jonathan Rea34’19.341
2Chaz Davies00’03.891
3Michael van der Mark00’06.168
4Alvaro Bautista00’08.564
5Leon Haslam00’08.877
6Toprak Razgatlioglu00’10.404
7Alex Lowes00’13.495
8Sandro Cortese00’21.345
9Marco Melandri00’21.582
10Michael Ruben Rinaldi00’22.486
11Jordi Torres00’22.701
12Markus Reiterberger00’27.132
13Tom Sykes00’34.484
14Leandro Mercado00’36.612

 

2019 Portugal WSBK Results, Race 2

Pos.RiderTime
1Alvaro Bautista34’18.077
2Jonathan Rea00’00.111
3Toprak Razgatlioglu00’04.465
4Alex Lowes00’08.119
5Leon Haslam00’08.185
6Loris Baz00’11.187
7Michael van der Mark00’11.217
8Marco Melandri00’16.488
9Tom Sykes00’17.188
10Sandro Cortese00’18.352
11Jordi Torres00’20.888
12Michael Ruben Rinaldi00’26.491
13Markus Reiterberger00’28.061
14Eugene Laverty00’30.993
15Leandro Mercado00’33.331

 

2019 World Superbike Point Standings (after 10 of 13 rounds)

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jonathan Rea449
2Alvaro Bautista372
3Michael van der Mark230
4Alex Lowes225
5Leon Haslam205
6Toprak Razgatlioglu193
7Chaz Davies186
8Tom Sykes173
9Marco Melandri147
10Sandro Cortese111
11Jordi Torres103
12Michael Ruben Rinaldi96
13Loris Baz78
14Markus Reiterberger67
15Leandro Mercado47
16Eugene Laverty43
17Leon Camier26
18Ryuichi Kiyonari15
19Lorenzo Z Zanetti14
20Alessandro Delbianco13
21Thomas Bridewell12
22Michele Pirro8
23Yuki Takahashi8
24Samuele Cavalieri6