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Rea makes it a double at Portimao

Written by  Sep 17, 2017

Race 2 at the Portimao’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve saw Jonathan Rea complete a perfect weekend, with a victory by almost six seconds over second-placed Michael van der Mark . Marco Melandri rounded out the podium behind the leading pair.

In the absence of the injured Tom Sykes and with Chaz Davies crashing out with three laps to go in Race 2 it was another significant victory for Rea as he edges closer and closer to a third successive WorldSBK title.

The weekend could not have gone better for Rea as he won both races, secured pole position on Saturday and wrapped up the 2017 Pirelli Best Lap Award title. He now leads the general standings by 120 points over his teammate Sykes and could secure the 2017 WorldSBK title at Magny-Cours in two weeks time.

Van der Mark was delighted with his first podium with Yamaha after the Dutchman beat Melandri to the finish line by 3.367s. Just off the podium was Eugene Laverty, whilst Jordi Torres also featured in the top five.

Lorenzo Savadori, Leandro Mercado, Anthony West, Ayrton Badovini and Takumi Takahashi completed the top ten.

There was a big crash for Alex Lowes midrace at turn 13, with Xavi Fores also going down shortly afterwards at turn 3. Fores picked his machine up to finish 13th.

After an exciting Prosecco DOC Portuguese Round the WorldSBK riders will next be in action at the Pirelli French Round in two weeks’ time, over the 29th September to 1st October weekend.

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