2019 WorldSBK

Round 10 – Portimão


Summary

Jonathan Rea wins Superpole Race but Bautista bounces back to claim Race Two victory. Rea now has a 91-point buffer over Bautista in the championship chase. There are three rounds remaining with Magny-Cours hosting the next round late this month, September 27-29.  

In WorldSSP 600 Italian rider Federico Caricasulo won his third race of the season and is now just 10 points behind team-mate and championship leader, Randy Krummenacher.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SS Caricasulo Win
Federico Caricasulo

Dutchman Scott Deroue triumphed in the World Supersport 300 category for his first win of the season which moved him into second place in the overall championship standings. Manuel Gonzalez has one hand on the championship trophy with a handy 38-point lead in the series. 

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Derou Win
Scott Deroue

There are no Aussies in either the World Superbike or Supersport categories, but three Aussie youngsters contested the 300 Supersport category. 

Tom Edwards was the highest placed Aussie in WorldSSP 300 in 11th place, one position ahead of countryman Joel Kelso who put in an impressive weekend on what was a last-minute call-up to replace an injured rider in the Nutec RT-Motorsports squad. Tom Bramich had a troubled weekend and carded a 28th place result. 


Superpole Race

The 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship fired back into life on Sunday morning with the Tissot Superpole Race. After ten laps of action Jonathan Rea took his ninth win on the bounce at Portimao, whilst a relentless battle for the podium took hold behind the reigning four-time WorldSBK champion.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SPRace Start
Superpole Race Start

Lights out and it was another good get-away for Jonathan Rea, holding on to his first position from Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam.

Sandro Cortese had a better start and was fourth ahead of Alex Lowes and his team-mate Michael van der Mark, whilst Alvaro Bautista kept his nose clean and was seventh.

However, Bautista dropped positions and soon found himself in a battle with Marco Melandri, Toprak Razgatlioglu and team-mate, Chaz Davies. At the end of lap one, Rea hadn’t broken clear of Sykes, whilst Haslam was under pressure from the pursuing riders.

Lowes showed better pace than race one, now up to second ahead of Sykes and Haslam and soon, there’d be more problems for the British pair.

WSBK Rnd Portimao Sykes Haslam Bautista
Sykes, Haslam, Bautista

Bautista was picking his way through the pack, taking Razgatlioglu and capitalising on a Melandri error at turn 12. Next up, Cortese was dispatched and then it was two-for-one as the Spaniard eased ahead of Haslam and Sykes. All moves were completed on the front straight. Bautista’s teammate Davies was not having a strong race, down in tenth.

WSBK Rnd Portimao Davies Melandri Baz
Davies, Melandri, Baz

Sykes soon fell to the back of the battle for fourth, with Haslam and Razgatlioglu getting ahead – the Turkish rider taking both at turn five with five to go, whilst Michael van der Mark made his way ahead of Cortese. Two laps later, he would be ahead of Sykes – the 2013 WorldSBK champion now down in seventh and relinquishing his front row starting position.

Bautista was now chasing Lowes and on the final two laps, the two were head-to-head, with the Spaniard getting the better of Lowes on the front straight at the start of lap 10. Whilst Lowes stayed with him, there was nothing he could do about the Ducati rider. But there was nothing the pair could do about runaway leader, Rea, who took the victory and starts from pole once more in race two. Bautista will be elevated to the front row ahead of Lowes, who took his best result at Portimao.

Razgatlioglu leapt from 13th to fourth after he held of Haslam and van der Mark in the closing stages. The group were able to hold on ahead of Sykes and Cortese, whilst Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) took ninth to start from row three – the original row three all being replaced after the Tissot Superpole Race. Most notably, Chaz Davies finished outside of the top nine and will start from 14th.

Race Two

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Start
Race Two start

Off the line and it was a great start for Rea from pole position but a disaster for Bautista, who plunged down the order to sixth place after lap one. Toprak Razgatlioglu was a fast starter and up to second, ahead of Leon Haslam. Alex Lowes was fourth and team-mate Michael van der Mark was fifth, just ahead of Bautista who was right in the hunt.

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Starts
Race Two start

Bautista soon began his comeback, first picking off van der Mark down the front straight, before picking off Lowes two laps later. He hit third a lap later, before slicing ahead of Jonathan Rea to momentarily lead with 15 to go. But Razgatlioglu had other ideas, as the Turkish rider hit the front of the field.

WSBK Rnd Portimao Razgatlioglu Bautista Rea
Razgatlioglu, Bautista, Rea

With Razgatlioglu and Bautista leading, Rea had to try and find a way to react to the change of the guard at the front. Haslam was still in the mix with the two Pata Yamahas just behind; with the front six covered by just one second.

A lap later, the horsepower of the Ducati propelled Bautista back into the lead of a race for the first time since Misano, and the Spaniard soon began to put the hammer down.

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Rea Razgatlioglu
Rea, Razgatlioglu

Rea fought back on his fellow Kawasaki rider Razgatlioglu, but whilst he closed up on Bautista, he wasn’t able to make a move on the Spaniard.

Further back and at half race distance, isolation of the leading six began to set in. Lowes made his move on Haslam with 10 to go, after the ‘Pocket Rocket’ lost an entire second to his fellow Brit.

Loris Baz closed on the battle for fourth. Behind them, Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres were squabbling over ninth, just behind Marco Melandri.

With the gap between Bautista and Rea extending to over a second, and Razgatlioglu sat in a safe third place – barring acts of God – the big battle on track was for fourth, with Lowes and Haslam swapping places with five laps to go. At turn three, van der Mark parked his Yamaha in the way of Haslam, bringing Baz right into play. Haslam fought back however, and a lap later he was back in fifth place and chasing Lowes.

In the closing laps, the race began to come alive at the front, with Rea lapping quicker than Bautista and the gap coming down to less than a second, although with two laps left to run, it was beginning to look a little bit late for Rea to return to the front. However, his teammate Haslam, was climbing all over Lowes in the battle for fourth.

On the final lap, the gap at the front closed dramatically and Rea was right with the Spaniard, but on the run to the line Ducati power prevailed over Rea’s resilience.

Bautista was back on top and took the verdict, winning for the first time at Portimao. Rea was second and Razgatlioglu took a tenth career podium in third. Lowes held-off Haslam but Baz made it to sixth and beat van der Mark. Lowes therefore returns to the third overall.

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Bautista
Álvaro Bautista

Melandri putting in a hearty effort for eighth place, whilst Sykes was able to beat Sandro Cortese in the remaining places inside the top ten. Jordi Torres was eleventh and couldn’t return to the top ten, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Markus Reiterberger , Eugene Laverty and Leandro Mercado completing the points.

The 1-2 gap comes down to 91 points in the championship race, but the battle for third is well and truly alive, with 45 points covering third to seventh.


Riders Reflect on Portimao weekend

Jonathan Rea

“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.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao SPRace Podium
Superpole Sprint Race Podium

Álvaro Bautista

“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.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao Bautista Ducati
Álvaro Bautista

Toprak Razgatlioglu

“This morning we tried a new and different electronics set-up, which gave me a good feeling. In the short race it was important to get a good starting position for the final long race, so fourth position was not bad. In the final race I followed Johnny and Bautista and after ten laps the tyre had a big drop. I know all the riders had the same but I am happy because again I got on the podium.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Bautista Podium Rea Toprak
Race Two Podium

Alex Lowes

“Yesterday I was a bit frustrated because a lack of grip in the latter stages meant I couldn’t really race, but it was the complete opposite today, with two really good races. The battle with Leon Haslam in Race 2 was fantastic and really good fun. He was struggling with the front and I was struggling more with the rear, so while he could get the run on me, he couldn’t get the bike stopped, which made for a really close race. To get a third and a fourth today, at a track where I’ve struggled a bit in the past when it’s hot, is fantastic. Good racing, I really enjoyed it and now I’m looking forward to Magny-Cours.”

Leon Haslam

“It was a good fight in the final race and I felt I should have got Alex Lowes, as I had more grip than him at the end. That said, from half distance I sort of lost the front grip on the right side, a little bit but I felt comfortable behind Johnny and Toprak. After about nine laps I lost my advantage with the front so I dropped off the pace quite a lot which put me in a battle with Alex. I was managing the front but I got in a bit of a scuffle with van der Mark, which lost me the tow. I managed to bridge that gap quite quickly but I was suffering just to get the thing to stop. I tried to pass several times into turn one. We made a lot of steps for that race with the bike balance but I am a little bit disappointed because I felt again we had the pace to go with the podium guys, especially in the first half, but just a few little niggles and mistakes just knocked me out of it. My pace in the Superpole race should have got me a better result.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Haslam
Leon Haslam

Chaz Davies

“After yesterday’s good result, we made a set-up change to try and improve even more, but it didn’t work the way we expected. Obviously starting from P14 also means it’s pretty hard work from there and for me the race was tough. The initial pace was not so bad even though I struggled in the early laps a little bit, then just when I thought I could make an impact on the race I started encountering some problems with the gear shifter and it wouldn’t let me ride in the right way. The podium here in Portimão was good, but I’m disappointed with the way things turned out today. Overall the weekend has given me optimism going forward and it just proves we’ve got a pretty good competitive window now, even on tracks that are usually unfavourable for us.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao Davies Baz
Chaz Davies

Michael van der Mark

“The Superpole race wasn’t easy, but our goal was to improve the feeling with the bike and secure a better grid position for Race 2 and we achieved that. We made a small change to the set up ahead of Race 2 and, as a result, I struggled a lot more than yesterday, unfortunately. Yesterday I could ride the bike exactly how I wanted, but today I simply didn’t have a good feeling from the start and wasn’t able to maintain a consistent pace. I lost a lot of time, which is a shame, but we know where we need to improve and I’m confident we’ll be back at the front in Magny-Cours, which is a track I really like.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao R Baz VanDerMark
Loris Baz and Michael Van der Mark

Loris Baz

“It was a hard day yesterday for me, as I made a mistake in qualifying and that had a huge impact on the weekend as a whole. In the Superpole race, the only goal was top nine to improve my grid position for Race 2 and I managed that, despite dropping back to 18th from the start. Race 2 was okay, other than another bad start which is something we need to work on, but I managed to come back. I lost a lot of time, around three seconds, behind Tom Sykes and that meant once I’d managed to pass him, I had a big gap to Michael van der Mark ahead of me. But I managed to close the gap without killing the tyre, which is where the race simulations we did at the test paid off, and I eventually passed him for sixth. I’m happy with the result; the guys worked really hard after my mistake yesterday, so big thanks to them. We enjoyed a strong weekend and we showed that we’re getting closer and closer to the podium.”

Tom Sykes

“It has been a bit difficult and obviously in race conditions we saw that we have some more work to do. Today we had some quite extreme race conditions and as a result collected some good data. In the last race we made a few changes to the BMW S 1000 RR, which helped us to move forward and the race itself has given us a lot of information and a clear point where we are lacking and where to try and improve. Having said that, we certainly have some positives to take away from this weekend in terms of track performance. A big thanks to the whole of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team; we’ve had quite an intense few days testing here a few weeks back and here at the race weekend so credit to them, we will keep working and hopefully get to where we want to be in a few weeks’ time at Magny-Cours.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao Sykes Lowes Haslam
Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam

Marco Melandri

“It’s been a difficult round, but a positive is that for Race 2 we found the best set-up that we’ve had here this weekend in Portimão. Even so, it was still a tough race. My problem is clear, but finding a solution has so far proved tricky, despite the hard work of Yamaha and my team. I need a better start, because this is always better, but I also need to be more consistent in the race. It was really hard for me to use the same line every lap and I was working the tyre really hard. When the front grip dropped down then I was struggling a lot today. In the end I think everyone was struggling for rear grip, but we know we still have some work to do ahead of the next race in Magny-Cours.”

Sandro Cortese

“From the first lap in Race 2 this afternoon I had a big problem with the rear of the bike sliding around and I wasn’t able to stay with the second group. We don’t know what the cause was, because I felt pretty good in the Superpole race this morning and I had a good race. This afternoon I managed to finish top-ten but my expectations after this morning were much higher. But it was a weekend without a crash, my self-confidence is back, and I was happy with both Race 1 and the Superpole race. Race 2 this afternoon I felt much stronger in myself than was reflected in the result.”

Markus Reiterberger

“We tried a little modification in the warm up. It felt positive but we knew that we should not be fooled since in the cooler mornings the grip is always better and our bike works really well then.
Unfortunately, we struggle more and more the warmer it gets. We were able to use the soft tyre in the Superpole race but I finished only 14th so it was not a good race. For the second race, we made another change and the feeling was great. The start was good, but maybe I was a bit too cautious in the first two corners and lost a few places. But then I was able to set good lap times and keep in touch with the group but I just could not get past Michael Ruben Rinaldi. We are still lacking a bit of acceleration and power.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao Reiterberger
Markus Reiterberger

Takumi Takahashi

“I’m not satisfied with my results in today’s races. I lost too much time behind other riders over the first laps and ultimately my pace was not competitive enough. I wanted to do better. Generally speaking, the weekend was a good and exciting experience even if I’m sorry Leon is still recovering from his surgery. The three-race format is tough, but it was good to pair with Ryuichi again, and everything ran smoothly in the garage. I wish to thank the team for all their hard work”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari

“Today we were able to find better balance in terms of the bike set-up and this meant that we were able to use a softer front tyre spec with respect to our usual choice. That improved both my feeling with the front and my general confidence on the bike. I’m sorry that results are still far from good, but I’ll keep working hard with my team and trying my best to do better. I really enjoyed sharing the garage with Takumi this weekend, we get along very well but it will be good to have Leon back at the next round”.


WorldSBK Results/Championship Standings

PosNo. RiderBikeGap
1A.  BautistaDucati Panigale V4 R0.000
2J.   ReaKawasaki ZX-10RR+0.111
3T.   RazgatliogluKawasaki ZX-10RR+4.576
4A.  LowesYamaha YZF R1+8.119
5L.   HaslamKawasaki ZX-10RR+8.185
6L.   BazYamaha YZF R1+11.187
7M. Van Der MarkYamaha YZF R1+11.217
8M. MelandriYamaha YZF R1+16.488
9T.   SykesBMW S1000 RR+17.188
10S.  CorteseYamaha YZF R1+18.352
11J.   TorresKawasaki ZX-10RR+20.888
12M. RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 R+26.491
13M. ReiterbergerBMW S1000 RR+28.061
14E.  LavertyDucati Panigale V4 R+30.993
15L.   MercadoKawasaki ZX-10RR+33.331
16C.  DaviesDucati Panigale V4 R+39.825
17T.   TakahashiHonda CBR1000RR+48.441
18S.  BarrierDucati Panigale V4 R+53.560
19R.  KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR+56.409
20A.  DelbiancoHonda CBR1000RR+103.666
PosRiderBikeGap
1J.   ReaKawasaki ZX-10RR0.000
2A.  BautistaDucati Panigale V4 R+2.103
3A.  LowesYamaha YZF R1+2.384
4T.   RazgatliogluKawasaki ZX-10RR+4.053
5L.   HaslamKawasaki ZX-10RR+4.318
6M. Van Der MarkYamaha YZF R1+5.423
7T.   SykesBMW S1000 RR+6.287
8S.  CorteseYamaha YZF R1+7.340
9L.   BazYamaha YZF R1+7.462
10C.  DaviesDucati Panigale V4 R+8.507
11M. RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 R+12.834
12J.   TorresKawasaki ZX-10RR+13.077
13M. MelandriYamaha YZF R1+13.674
14M. ReiterbergerBMW S1000 RR+14.425
15E.  LavertyDucati Panigale V4 R+16.591
16L.   MercadoKawasaki ZX-10RR+20.413
17T.   TakahashiHonda CBR1000RR+27.226
18S.  BarrierDucati Panigale V4 R+29.744
19A.  DelbiancoHonda CBR1000RR+30.032
20R.  KIYONARIHonda CBR1000RR+31.113
PosRiderTotal
1 Jonathan Rea 490
2 Alvaro Bautista 399
3 Alex Lowes 249
4 Michael Van Der Mark 244
5 Leon Haslam 229
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 223
7 Chaz Davies 204
8 Tom Sykes 183
9 Marco Melandri 153
10 Sandro Cortese 116
11 Michael Ruben Rinaldi 107
12 Jordi Torres 106
13 Loris Baz 87
14 Markus Reiterberger 67
15 Leandro Mercado 51
16 Eugene Laverty 43
17 Leon Camier 26
18 Lorenzo Zanetti 21
19 Alessandro Delbianco 21
20 Ryuichi Kiyonari 20
21 Peter Hickman 14
22 Thomas Bridewell 12
23 Yuki Takahashi 11
24 Michele Pirro 10
25 Samuele Cavalieri 6
26 Hector Barbera 3
27 Takumi Takahashi 1

Supersport 600

It was a clear start to the race for all of the main riders, with Federico Caricasulo able to hold off a fast-starting Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Both GMT94 Yamaha riders Jules Cluzel and Corentin Perolari were the biggest improvers, with Cluzel fourth from eighth and Perolari sixth from 13th. The only rider splitting them was an injured Randy Krummenacher (Bardahl Evan Bros), who dropped to fifth. At the end of Lap 1, the leading group consisted of seven riders and they were split by just a second.

Caricasulo started to try and break away with the fastest lap of the race however both Lucas Mahias and Randy Krummenacher were back on his tail,.

With 12 laps left to run, Krummenacher made his move and took second from Mahias at Turn 1. The Swiss rider was now all over the rear end of his teammate, whilst Mahias and Cluzel watched on to try and pick up the pieces. Setting faster lap times in fifth place was Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), whilst Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing) was continuing to have a strong weekend and fought his way into sixth. Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was seventh, ahead of Perolari, wildcard Miquel Pons and Frenchman Jules Danilo.

The dynamic at the front was developing and Krummenacher’s strong part of the circuit was the final corner and his pace down the front straight, whilst Caricasulo was strong in the braking areas. However, at Turn 1 with 9 laps left to go, Krummenacher took the lead from his teammate and immediately upped the pace. This fragmented the group and it was a BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team duel at the front once again. Behind the duo, De Rosa was now fourth ahead of Cluzel, passing the Frenchman at Turn 1 the following lap.

The race settled down and Caricasulo had his opportunity to study his teammate, with the Italian strong on entry to corners and Krummenacher strong on the exit. Cluzel had been dropped in the battle for the podium, meaning it was between Mahias and De Rosa. However, with six to go, Mahias moved closer to the leading duo whilst De Rosa had a massive moment on the exit of Turn 1, somehow saving an almost certain crash. The Italian retired a lap later.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SS Podium
World Supersport Podium

Meanwhile at the front, Caricasulo had retaken the race lead and got back ahead of Randy Krummenacher. This would prove to be a race-winning move as a red flag was soon shown for De Rosa’s technical issue. With the race more than two-thirds complete and Caricasulo leading at the last timing point, the race win went to the Italian, ahead of Krummenacher and Mahias – the top three as they started on the grid. Jules Cluzel was fourth and completing the top five was Ayrton Badovini.

The gap in the championship comes down once again to just ten points, entering the final three rounds of the season. Jules Cluzel is 48 points behind, still in with a mathematical chance of his first WorldSSP championship. Meanwhile, the teams’ championship went to the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team, with their fourth one-two finish of the season.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SS Team Champs Bardahl
Teams’ championship went to the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team

Federico Caricasulo – P1

“I am happy about the victory even if I am a bit disappointed about the red flag. I would have wanted to win this race under the chequered flag with a last-lap battle. But anyway, I want to thank all my team because they did an excellent job. Races sometimes go like this, today we were lucky, but winning is always good”.

Supersport 600 Results/Standings

 

PosNo. RiderBikeTime
1F.   CaricasuloYamaha YZF R612m39’55.123
2R.  KrummenacherYamaha YZF R612m39’55.456
3L.   MahiasKawasaki ZX-6R12m39’55.768
4J.   CluzelYamaha YZF R612m39’57.728
5A.  BadoviniKawasaki ZX-6R12m39’58.248
6C.  PerolariYamaha YZF R612m40’03.243
7H.  OkuboKawasaki ZX-6R12m40’03.513
8J.   DaniloHonda CBR600RR12m40’05.261
9L.   CressonYamaha YZF R612m0’05.461
10M. PonsYamaha YZF R612m40’05.661
11P.   SebestyenHonda CBR600RR12m40’06.142
12G.  RuiuHonda CBR600RR12m39’48.934
13D.  ValleYamaha YZF R612m39’49.158
14F.   FuligniMV Agusta F3 67512m39’51.007
15J.   Van SikkelerusHonda CBR600RR12m39’51.107
16G.  Van StraalenKawasaki ZX-6R12m39’54.314
17N.  CaleroKawasaki ZX-6R12m39’55.483
18R.  HartogKawasaki ZX-6R12m40’00.162
19M. CanducciYamaha YZF R612m39’59.529
20A.  GyorfiYamaha YZF R612m40’04.016
21G.  MaternKawasaki ZX-6R12m40’04.442
Not Classified
RET3 R.  De RosaMV Agusta F3 675/
RET6 M. HerreraYamaha YZF R6/
RET32 I.    VinalesYamaha YZF R6/
RET4 C.  StangeHonda CBR600RR/
RET11 K.  SmithKawasaki ZX-6R/
Disqualified
DSQ53 G.  SconzaHonda CBR600RR/
PosRiderPoints
1Randy Krumme193
2Federico Caricasulo183
3Jules Cluzel145
4Lucas Mahias98
5 Hikari Okubo82
6Thomas Gradinger70
7Raffaele De Rosa69
8Corentin Perolari59
9Isaac Vinales45
10Peter Sebestyen43
11Ayrton Badovini37
12Loris Cresson36
13Jules Danilo32
14Hannes Soomer28
15Hector Barbera22
16Federico Fuligni13
17Lorenzo Gabellini10
18Kyle Smith10
19Jack Kennedy9
20Glenn Van Straalen9
21Rob Hartog9
22Jaimie Van Sikkelerus9
23Kevin Manfredi8
24Brad Jones7
25Miquel Pons6
26Massimo Roccoli6
27Tom Toparis5
28Maria Herrera5
29Gabriele Ruiu4
30Luca Ottaviani4
31Daniel Valle3
32Mattia Casadei1

 

Supersport 300

It was an all-action start with Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) heading the front from Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) and Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) at Turn 1. Miraculously, everyone made it through the opening few corners, with Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT), Beatriz Neila (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) and her teammate Andy Verdoïa all making good starts and looking like potential winners. The first crashers occurred at Turn 1 on the second lap, with Jeffrey Buis (MTM Racing Team) and Keon Meuffels (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) crashing heavily.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Carrasco
Ana Carrasco

The race continued and after a few laps of front-straight slipstreaming, it was a break-away at the front of the field with Scott Deroue and Manuel Gonzalez escaping from the chasing pack. However, one rider who had made stunning progress was Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) carving his way into third, ahead of Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team), who led momentarily in the opening laps.

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Deroue
Scott Deroue

With the focus on the championship, if Scott Deroue finished first or second to Manuel Gonzalez, then the championship would stay alive. It became a game of mathematics to see exactly what could happen. If Gonzalez won and Carrasco and Verdoïa were not able to finish second, they’d be ruled out of the championship race. Meanwhile, in the manufacturers’ championship, a Kawasaki one-two would ensure them the crown.

The last lap was soon upon the WorldSSP300 class, and going into Turn 5, Scott Deroue hit the front. Gonzalez wasn’t giving up however and tried to pass at the final corner, but he wasn’t able to make it work.

Scott Deroue clinched his first race win of the season, putting Gonzalez’ championship celebrations on ice.

Scott Deroue – P1

“It was a really good race. In the beginning, it was quite difficult because we were in a big group and everyone passed me on the straight, and I think I finished back in the eighth position. So I thought that I needed to be first and try to go away. Manuel followed me, he passed me, and in the final lap, I knew I had to overtake him again. I took the lead and just pushed, hoping that he wouldn’t try to pass me again. Finally, I won, and it was awesome!”

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Deroue
Scott Deroue

Manuel Gonzalez – P2

“The race was very difficult because Deroue was fast, especially in the last sector. I tried to pas him in the last corner but I did not see any chance; it was too difficult. Also, before crossing the line I could not pass him on some previous laps. I did my best, conserved some points for Magny Cours and I will try to win the champion there. Now I have an eye on the championship but at this race it was too difficult.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Podium Deroue Gonzalez Carrasco
SSP 300 Podium

Ana Carrasco was able to finish third and thus stayed in the championship fight. Marc Garcia was able to finish fourth whilst Andy Verdoïa’s fifth place wasn’t enough to keep him in the championship fight.

Ana Carrasco – P3

“It was a difficult race because from the beginning I had problems with the front and it has been impossible for me to follow Manuel and Scott. I would have liked to fight for the victory with them – but finishing on the podium despite these problems is a good result for us. I want to thank the team and Kawasaki for all the work because although it has been a difficult weekend at times we have managed to end it with a really good result. Now we are going to think about the next one and we will try to fight for victory in France.”

WSBK Rnd Portimao SSP Carrasco
Ana Carrasco

It was an all-out brawl further down and finishing in sixth position, Ukrainian Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki), ahead of Beatriz Neila, who took her best ever finish in WorldSSP300. Galang Hendra Pratama slipped to eighth place in the end, ahead of Donington Park race winner Kevin Sabatucci (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) and early race leader, Victor Steeman (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team).

Tom Edwards was the highest placed Aussie in WorldSSP 300 in 11th place, one position ahead of countryman Joel Kelso who put in an impressive weekend on what was a last-minute call-up to replace an injured rider in the Nutec RT-Motorsports squad. Tom Bramich had a troubled weekend and carded a 28th place result. 

Meanwhile, the 2019 WorldSSP300 manufacturers’ championship was wrapped up for a second season running by Kawasaki, with a dominant 1-2-3-4 finish confirming their prowess in the feeder class.

Supersport 300 Results/Standings

 

PosRiderBikeClassGap
1S.  DeroueKawasaki Ninja 400B0.000
2M. GonzalezKawasaki Ninja 400B+0.153
3A.  CarrascoKawasaki Ninja 400A+2.850
4M. GarciaKawasaki Ninja 400B+2.897
5A.  VerdoïaYamaha YZF-R3B+3.366
6N.  KalininKawasaki Ninja 400A+3.606
7B.  NeilaYamaha YZF-R3B+4.808
8G.  Hendra PratamaYamaha YZF-R3A+4.828
9K.  SabatucciYamaha YZF-R3A+4.857
10V.  SteemanKTM RC 390 RB+5.102
11T.   EdwardsKawasaki Ninja 400A+5.405
12J.   KelsoKawasaki Ninja 400B+5.561
13M. KapplerKTM RC 390 RB+5.603
14J.   JahnigKTM RC 390 RA+5.956
15S.  Di SoraKawasaki Ninja 400B+6.110
16U.  OrradreYamaha YZF-R3A+7.643
17D.  OttenKawasaki Ninja 400A+15.804
18E.  De La VegaYamaha YZF-R3A+15.879
19H.  De CancellisYamaha YZF-R3B+15.960
20B.  SanchezKawasaki Ninja 400B+16.162
21D.  BlinYamaha YZF-R3B+16.250
22T.   KawakamiYamaha YZF-R3A+16.285
23P.   GiacominiKawasaki Ninja 400A+16.328
24L.   LoiKawasaki Ninja 400A+16.685
25F.   RovelliKawasaki Ninja 400A+16.723
26O.  KönigKawasaki Ninja 400A+18.546
27M. PedeneauYamaha YZF-R3B+27.259
28T.   BramichKawasaki Ninja 400B+27.605
29A.  QuinetHonda CBR500RB+29.732
Not Classified
RET13 D.  IozzoKawasaki Ninja 400A2 Laps
RET88 B.  IeraciKawasaki Ninja 400B3 Laps
RET15 M. BastianelliKawasaki Ninja 400A6 Laps
RET69 J.   BuisKawasaki Ninja 400B10 Laps
RET17 K.  MeuffelsKawasaki Ninja 400A10 Laps
RET54 B.  SofuogluKawasaki Ninja 400B10 Laps
PosRiderPoints
1Manuel Gonzalez128
2Scott Deroue90
3Ana Carrasco81
4Andy Verdoïa76
5Marc Garcia63
6Victor Steeman62
7Jan-Ole Jahnig61
8 Hugo De Cancellis47
9Galang Hendra Pratama44
10Nick Kalinin41
11Kevin Sabatucci39
12Bruno Ieraci21
13Omar Bonoli19
14Koen Meuffels16
15Maximilian Kappler15
16Manuel Bastianelli14
17Tom Edwards14
18Jeffrey Buis13
19Beatriz Neila12
20Enzo De La Vega11