2021 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Cold And Damp

The last World Supersport sprint race in Europe for the year would be on a cold, damp track thanks to rain in the morning. Jonathan Rea was declared fit to race. Tyres for the ten lap race would be a tricky choice, with wets, intermediates and slicks available, however, everyone lined up with wet tyres, with the track only 23ºC.

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea into turn one, with Andrea Locatelli charging through to second but getting pushed wide by Rea and Scott Redding. Michael Ruben Rinaldi crashed out in a high side and was avoided by Leon Haslam; he was taken to the medical centre to be checked out. Jonathan Rea took the lead only to tip his bike over at turn thirteen and crash out, early in the lean. Scott Redding led at the start of lap two ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu but Michael van der Mark took second place and the fastest lap with a wet 1'55.487. 

On lap three, Loris Baz showed his wet form taking third place from Loris Baz into turn five as Michael van der Mark closed on Scott Redding. At the start of lap four, Scott Redding led Michael van der Mark with Loris Baz two seconds further behind and Toprak Razgatlioglu joined by Leon Haslam a second behind Baz. Scott Redding missed the apex in turn five and Michael van der Mark just swept underneath to take the lead. 

Leon Haslam and Andrea Locatelli passed a trepidatious Toprak Razgatlioglu, pushing the championship leader to sixth place. Michael van der Mark at the lead set the fastest lap, a 1'55.390, and stretched out his lead over Scott Redding to over a second. Alvaro Bautista took sixth off Toprak Razgatlioglu. Leon Haslam closed on Loris Baz, leaving Andrea Locatelli well over a second behind, but Loris Baz was closing on Scott Redding.

Michael van der Mark started lap seven of ten almost three seconds clear of Scott Redding who was being caught by Loris Baz and Leon Haslam. Andrea Locatelli was a further two and a half seconds behind in fifth place. Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu were in lonely sixths and sevenths. Lap eight and van der Mark extended his lead to three and a half seconds as Scott Redding managed his lead over Loris Baz and Leon Haslam, keeping a second between them. 

Leon Haslam crashed out at turn thirteen trying to pass Loris Baz and the podium places were set, but Loris Baz was still trying, with one lap left, to bridge the second-long gap to Scott Redding. Michael van der Mark was over four and a half seconds in the lead as he set up for pole position for the second race this afternoon. Van der Mark took BMW's first victory in eight years, over five seconds clear of Scott Redding. Loris Baz took the last spot on the podium, and the front row for race two, with Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista over two seconds behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu took a lonely sixth place, qualifying at the end of the second row. 

Michael van der Mark passed Alex Lowes in the title chase, taking sixth place, and Scott Redding's second place puts him just twenty five points off Jonathan Rea's second place. Toprak Razgatlioglu's sixth place meant he didn't increase his lead as much as he could, given Rea's crash, but he starts race two with a forty nine point lead.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.330
3 11 L. BAZ Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.066
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 9.264
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9.753
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 16.745
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 19.047
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 19.115
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 20.901
10 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 28.977
11 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 31.057
12 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 38.997
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 41.330
14 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.079
15 16 G. RUIU BMW M 1000 RR 55.894
16 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 56.194
17 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.343
Round Number: 
11
2021
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Comments

Congratulations BMW & magic Michael van der Mark! Been a while for both rider and manu! I'm very happy to see both win again. Melandri and Chaz Davies were winning 8 years ago. Marco Melandri & Chaz won 3 races each for BMW the year Tom Sykes won the championship. Back when Aprilia was racing in SBK and Baz was winning races.

Welcome back Loris Baz! Those MotoAmerica tracks have helped somehow? Maybe Baz has gotten used to taking bigger risks in America. Might be happy to be back in Europe.

Andrea Locatelli first Yamaha, Toprak did ok, I always think Roberto, no Andrea Locatelli. Loca is looking the goods now & for the future. Go Yamaha, 3 in the top 8.

Two out of three Hondas finished, Leon Haslam the unlucky one. The latest Blade as easy to ride as the RC213v.

Lachlan Epis finished the race and didn't even get lapped! I am hoping he will get faster. Tell me I'm dreaming!

Redding second best again, SR45 may be feeling good about signing for BMW next year.