Takumi Takahashi crossed the line in fifteenth place in today’s first Superbike race at the challenging Algarve International Circuit Portimao. It initially took the Japanese a little time to get into his rhythm but after a few laps, he began to steadily improve his pace before setting his personal fastest time on lap 11 and finishing inside the points zone in his first WSBK championship race of the season.

Struggling with a lack of grip, Ryuichi Kiyonari had a tougher race day and was forced to settle for nineteenth position at the end of the 20-lap competition.

Tomorrow’s Superpole race will start at 11:00 local time followed by Race 2 at 14:00 that rounds out the Portuguese race weekend.

Takumi Takahashi 13

15th

“Today was quite challenging but it also had some positives and, above all, was a good experience. The first laps of the race were already tough enough, as I fought with some other riders and it took me some time to get past them and find my pace. But step by step my confidence improved and so did my rhythm. From mid-race on, I was able to maintain a consistent rhythm right until the end”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

19th

“I’m not happy with today’s performance. In qualifying I did not improve my position but at least the feeling with the bike was not bad, apart from the lack of rear grip. In order to try and improve in terms of that issue, we tried a set-up change, but it did not work as we were hoping for. I was struggling even more in the race and I could not ride fast enough. We must think ahead to tomorrow and work to try and do better”.

WSBK 2019
Race

Superpole QP

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.372
2 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'40.483
3 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'40.675
4 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'40.997
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.044
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.098
7 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'41.213
8 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.259
9 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.261
10 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.272
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'41.301
12 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'41.349
13 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'41.578
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 1'41.754
15 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1'41.960
16 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'42.243
17 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'42.755
18 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'43.118
19 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1'43.263
20 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'43.270
WSBK 2019
Race

Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
40%
Track Temp
43°C
Air Temp
30°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 34'19.341
2 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 20 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 3.891
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 6.168
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 13 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 8.564
5 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 8.877
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 10.404
7 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 9 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 13.495
8 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 21.345
9 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 7 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 21.582
10 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 6 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 22.486
11 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 5 Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 22.701
12 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 27.132
13 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 3 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 34.484
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 2 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 36.612
15 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 1 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 46.877
16 Baz Loris 19 FRA 0 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 47.901
17 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 BRIXX Ducati Ducati 1'00.704
18 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA 0 Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1'00.767
19 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN 0 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'09.039
20 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Team Goeleven Ducati 8 laps
WSBK 2019

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 458 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 365 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati
3 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 231 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 229 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
5 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 213 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
6 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 204 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati
7 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 201 Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
8 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 173 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
9 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 145 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
10 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 108 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 103 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
12 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 101 Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
13 Baz Loris 19 FRA 76 Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha
14 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER 64 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 50 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 41 Team Goeleven Ducati
17 Camier Leon 2 GBR 26 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
18 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA 21 Althea Mie Racing Team Honda
19 Zanetti Lorenzo 87 ITA 21 Motocorsa Racing Kawasaki
20 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN 20 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
21 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 14 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
22 Bridewell Tommy 46 GBR 12 Team Goeleven Ducati
23 Takahashi Yuki 72 JPN 11 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
24 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 10 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
25 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA 6 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
26 Barbera Hector 80 SPA 3 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
27 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN 1 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
28 Warokorn Thitipong 99 THA 0 Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team Kawasaki
29 Schmitter Dominic 9 SWI 0 iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha
30 Beach J.D. 95 USA 0 Attack Performance Estenson Yamaha Yamaha
31 Herfoss Troy 17 AUS 0 Penrite Honda Racing Honda
32 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA 0 BRIXX Ducati Ducati