Kawasaki and Rea get a Triple Victory WSBK Weekend
Date posted on August 10, 2020
Jonathan Rea of the Kawasaki Racing Team won both Sunday WorldSBK races in Portugal to take the championship lead for the first time in 2020 and lift his total of race win this year to five.
Alex Lowes was fourth in the Superpole race and then a non-finisher in the 20-lap finale to the weekend’s hot and intense action at Portimao.
Rea also won Saturday’s Race 1 to make it 3 wins in 3 races this weekend in Portimao.
“That was a perfect weekend. The fastest laps, pole position and three race wins. I do not think it was the result, but it was the way that we made the result this weekend. I could really enjoy the bike. It is strange, because sometimes fighting for a sixth place, like we did in Jerez last time, feels like I was riding 100%. Giving everything to finish sixth. This weekend I could do whatever I wanted and kept increasing the gap at the front. It is an incredible feeling as a rider. I knew Portimao was going to be a good track, and I was talking myself into a good result, but we did not come here in the winter tests so I knew it could also be a difficult weekend. I did not start well on Friday in FP1, but we were able to just work calmly together and understand the bike.”
“It was a shame in race two because I am really sad to have crashed out of that podium fight. After two fourth places it would have been really nice to finish the weekend off with a podium finish. That was not the case. I am not sure what I did wrong, really. The track was getting hot and slippy, and I just lost the front of the bike. Every weekend I am learning more, learning more about the bike, and these conditions were a little bit different again. I am going to focus on the test we have got coming at Aragon soon, improving a few areas of the bike set-up – and myself riding the bike – and I look forward to the races we will have in Aragon in a few weeks’ time. Apart from the last race it was a pretty solid weekend in Portugal.”
1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 2. Topark Razgatlioglu – Yamaha 3. Loris Baz – Yamaha 4. Alex Lowes – Kawasaki 5. Scott Redding – Ducati
1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 2. Scott Redding – Ducati 3. Michael van der Mark – Yamaha 4. Chaz Davies – Ducati 5. Alvaro Bautista – Honda