The Portimao round got us used to the twists and turns and there was no shortage of surprises in the Superpole Race. The Sunday of races opened with a sprint race on the wet track, due to the rain that fell in the early Portuguese morning, and in these conditions Michael van der Mark exalts, who returns to success after the victory in Barcelona in the Superpole Race last year. year.
The Dutchman gives BMW the first success since his return to Superbike in 2019. The last triumph of the Bavarian house dates back to 2013, when Chaz Davies won Race 2 at the Nurburgring. Van der Mark took advantage of the treacherous conditions and triumphed even in front of the most favorites, ahead of Scott Redding, second at 5.3 seconds. Ducati smiles on this Portuguese Sunday morning, having almost monopolized the podium: Loris Baz, master of the wet, brings out his great skills and closes the sprint race in third position, thus conquering the 20th podium in Superbike.
Two great protagonists are certainly missing from this podium: Toprak Razgatlioglu does not go beyond sixth place at the end of the Superpole Race and begins to make his calculations, avoiding taking risks in difficult conditions. However, the Turkish player increased his lead in the standings, thanks to yet another mistake by Jonathan Rea. The reigning champion slips at Turn 13 of the first lap when he is in the lead and collects the second zero of the weekend. A tremendous blow to morale and to the world championship, with the Yamaha rider flying to +49 points.
Razgatlioglu closes his race behind Andrea Locatelli, who manages to grab fourth place in the Superpole Race, taking advantage of Leon Haslam’s crash. Pocket Rocket throws a solid race to the winds and crashes at Turn 13 while battling for the podium with Baz. The other Honda led by Alvaro Bautista, on the other hand, is fifth and the Spaniard is placed between the two Yamaha riders.
Collect a good seventh place Axel Bassani, seventh with the Panigale V4R of the Motocorsa team. At Ducati, however, Sunday morning is bittersweet, because Michael Ruben Rinaldi is the protagonist of a violent highside in the early stages of the race and is taken to the medical center for a checkup. Garrett Gerloff is eighth with the GRT team’s Yamaha, while Eugene Laverty and Maverick Vinales close the top 10, ninth and tenth respectively.