SBK Worlds: Rea wins on Superbikes on day marked by showy accident [with photos]

Jonathan Rea was once again happy at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, winning the World Championship Superbike event […]

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Jonathan Rea was once again happy at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, by winning the Superbike event of the Superbike World Championship, which took place this Saturday, 16 September, at the track located in Portimão.

This was the Kawasaki rider's fourth consecutive victory at the southern Portugal circuit and the tenth in the championship, achieved on a day that was eventually marked by the fall of Tom Sykes (2nd in the championship), who was injured, saw his bike burn. and did not line up in the race.

The championship leader, who had already achieved the pole position in qualifying this Friday, he started well and, at the end of the first lap, he already had two seconds ahead of his opponents.

Right behind, the fight was close, with Englishman Chaz Davies standing out, as, despite starting ninth (he fell in qualifying), he quickly managed to rise to second position, which he kept until the end.

In the opposite field was Eugene Laverty, who started from second position but ended the race in seventh.

The dispute for the last place on the podium ended up livening up the race, with Marco Melandri and Leon Camier battling for third place in the final laps, a battle won by Melandri.

With the victory won, Jonathan Rea now has 95 points ahead of Tom Sykes, who tomorrow could lose second place in the championship to Chaz Davies, as they are now separated by 15 points.

The day was also marked by pole position Kenan Sofuoglu in Supersport, the fourth of the year for the world champion, with Alfonso Coppola taking the first position in the Superstock 300 qualifying, he had to pass first Superpole 1 and then surprise to set the fastest lap.

The day ended with the Superstock 1000 qualifying, where Florian Marino was the best, ahead of Mike Jones and Roberto Tamburini.

Tomorrow, the action starts at 9 am, with the warm up of Supersports. The first of the four races will be the Supersport 300 and is scheduled to start at 11:05 am.


Photos: Nelson Inácio |Sul Informação