Rea Pulls Away to Take Fourth Double of the SeasonWritten by Wally Nesbitt on Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:04
As in the first encounter, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) initially led before being passed by team mate Jonathan Rea and Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), the trio pulling clear of the pack as their pace at the front increased.
As the race continued Rea began to stretch a lead, leaving Sykes and Giugliano to fight for second until the former champion’s ZX-10R suffered what looked like a technical problem. The former champion would eventually finish eighth. Haslam took full advantage of the situation to take third, his first podium since Aragon Race 2.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) finished fourth to score more solid points ahead of the Pata Honda pairing, with Michael van der Mark getting the better of reigning World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli on the final lap.
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) scored nine points with his seventh place finish ahead of Sykes, Leandro Mercado, who was in the top ten once again on his Barni Ducati and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati).
Positions between 11th and 15th were taken by Roman Ramos (Team GO Eleven Kawasaki), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati).
WorldSBK Portimao - Race 2
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 - Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team +5.416
3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils +6.689
Standings (7 of 13 rounds completed)
1 - Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team - 330
2 - Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team - 206
3 - Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils - 199
From: Press Office- World Superbike