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That is all from Crash.nets live WSBK commentary. Thanks for joining us and we will be back again in 3 weeks for round 7 at Imola. Adeus from Portugal!
16:27
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Other notable rides in that race came from Cluzel who finished 7th. Ayrton Badovini scored his best result of the year with 8th.
16:24
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If you haven't already seen them, be sure to find highlights of the 1st Superbike AND the Supersport race. I guarantee, your heart will be in your mouth!
16:22
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And more importantly he still has no DNFs to his name. Already Sykes and Melandri have 2, and Laverty has 3.
16:19
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So consistency is proving to be Sylvain Guintoli's great strength in 2013. That was his 9th podium of the year, his 6th 2nd place finish.
16:17
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We are seeing replays of Melandri exiting the final corner. Neukirchner simply breezed around his outside, going 5-10mph faster!
16:15
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6th and 5th places are not the best for Chaz Davies but considering what went on around him he will be content that he got his drama out of the way yesterday.
16:14
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So, what you have all wanted to know. The championship now reads: 1st Guintoli, 28 points ahead of Sykes. Laverty is 3rd, 11 points back but 18 ahead of Melandri.
16:12
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And in another late twist race 1 winner Marco Melandri was passed by both Fabrizio AND Neukirchner at the death. 12th place will not please the Italian.
16:11
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Jonathan Rea claims a fine podium finish, somewhat making up for a mechanical failure in race 1. Amazingly that is only the 2nd time we have seen a Honda in the top 3 this year.
16:10
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Guintoli takes his 2nd runner up spot of the weekend and, although it is not a win, he will be content knowing this has been fantastic for his championship push.
16:09
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Eugene Laverty becomes the most winning rider of 2013 by taking his 4th win of the season in dominant style. The others didnt see what way he went.
16:07
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We start the final lap and this has been a dominant display from Laverty. His Aprilia team need to make him angry before he gets on the bike more often.
16:07
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Davies takes 5th from Checa with a perfectly executed move into turn 1.
16:06
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Rea is riding really well and he has not dropped off the pace. Still, 1 second is a lot to overcome in a lap and a half.
16:05
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3 laps to go and the Frenchman now has a second over Rea. Davies is catching Checa in 5th and Melandri is struggling to hold off Fabrizio in 10th.
16:03
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With both Sykes and Melandri having terrible races and his teammate going out of race 1, this has almost been a dream of a weekend for Guintoli.
16:02
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Guintoli has taken 2nd from Rea! It must have been into the first corner. But the Ballyclare man has not been shaken off just yet.
16:00
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Rea takes a long look over his shoulder. He knows he will have his hands full to keep hold of 2nd.
15:59
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Melandri is about to get done by Ayrton Badovini. At this rate he will finish outside the top 10.
15:58
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With 6 laps remaining the top ten is as follows: Laverty / Rea / Guintoli / Baz / Checa / Davies / Cluzel / Giugliano / Melandri / Badovini
15:57
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Guintoli is really turning the screw. Again he is half a second faster than Rea and is now only 6 tenths back.
15:56
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Sykes breaks the lap record! His lap of 1min 42.4 is over 1 second faster than the leader. Oh, what could have been!
15:55
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And now Cluzel passes him. Melandri is down to 8th. Does anyone want to win this championship?
15:54
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Melandri is really struggling. He has been overtaken by his teammate and is nearly 3 seconds a lap slower than Laverty.
15:53
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That gap between 2nd and 3rd is coming down. It came down 6 tenths in that last lap alone.
15:53
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The big question in this race now is whether Jonathan and his Honda will have the pace at the end of the race to hold off an advancing Guintoli.
15:52
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Fastest man on track that lap? Yep, Tom Sykes circulating in 18th, 7 laps down on the leaders.
15:51
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Laverty is making this look easy and is obviously suitably fired up after his race 1 heartbreak. With 10 laps to go he now has a 2 second lead.
15:50
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No! Commentator's curse! Leon Camier pulls off track as his Suzuki grinds to a halt. All of that hard work for nothing. I should have kept my mouth shut!
15:49
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Elsewhere, Camier is making steady progress from his slow start. He has passes teammate Cluzel and is up to 8th. Davies is 2 seconds ahead of him.
15:48
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Laverty puts another 3 tenths into Rea to increase his lead to 1 second. Baz has taken 4th from Melandri.
15:47
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Guintoli has also completely dropped Melandri. The race 1 winner is struggling, Baz and Checa are closing in from behind.
15:46
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Jonathan runs really wide around turn 13, losing a few tenths in the process.
15:45
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Both of the front two have an excellent record around Portimão. Reas last pole position was here 2 years ago. They both finished 1st and 2nd here in race 2 last year.
15:43
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Guintoli makes a clinical move to take 3rd! At the start of lap 8. And he has already gapped Melandri. There are 2.6 seconds in front of him to make up.
15:42
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We now have two groups of two at the front. The Northern Irish pair and then Melandri and Guintoli who have managed to drop Baz.
15:42
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....his arms in race 1 and was only able to run several laps at a time. Desperate luck for the Honda man.
15:41
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In all the chaos that surrounded the start we failed to mention Leon Haslam is sitting this race out. He was overcompensating the lack of leg strength with.....
15:40
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Giugliano has ran off track....again! From 8th place.
15:40
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The front two are making major inroads into Melandri in 3rd. The gap is 1.3 seconds now. But we know how strong the number 33 is at the end.
15:39
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There is a really tight battle for 6th between Checa, Davies and Giugliano. They are dropping back from the front 5.
15:38
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Laverty is trying to escape here but Rea is sticking with him. Because of the Hondas issues in race 1 we could not see whether the CBR slows at the end of the race.
15:37
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Sykes race is over. He trudges disconsolately out of the garage.
15:36
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Rea has been so strong all weekend and he is visibly faster than Laverty through the long, final 2 corners. Laverty gaps him down the straight.
15:35
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There is a brief gap back to Melandri, then Guintoli and Baz struggling to match their pace.
15:35
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Meanwhile at the front Laverty narrowly leads Rea by 1 tenth. Both were inside the 1.42s from the start.
15:34
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Although he is going back out again in the hope to pick up some points. The crowd in the opposing grandstand give him a rousing reception.
15:33
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Sykes has returned to the pits. It looks like his race is over. How the luck can change, the Yorkshireman looks utterly dejected. How can you not feel for the guy.
15:33
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Davies has made up 4 positions and is 8th. Camier has not had so much luck, he is 14th.
15:32
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Sykes is 8 seconds behind the leader and in last place.
15:31
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It is Laverty, Rea, Melandri and Guintoli from the start. Checa made a great start and is in 5th.
15:30
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So the front row now consists of Eugene and Rea.
15:30
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Tom has made it. He will start from the pit lane. Heroic work from his Kawasaki crew.
15:29
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The front fairing still isn't on his bike. Tom will be starting from pit lane.
15:28
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We are off on the warm up lap. Sykes will have to start from the back of the grid if he makes it out on time. We are still waiting to see him though.
15:27
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But crucially all of Melandri's last ten laps, bar 1 (when Sykes pushed him off track) were in 1.44/43s. So we know he has the consistency.
15:26
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It was interesting to see that Eugene Laverty was the fastest man in race 1. Sykes posted the 2nd fastest time, Guintoli the 3rd. Eventual winner Melandri only the 6th.
15:25
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To recap race 1, Sykes eventually settled for 3rd after a fierce battle with Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. He lies 8 points behind the Frenchman in the championship.
15:23
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We are yet to see whether he will make it on to the grid. The damage is mainly around the front end. We have 7 minutes until we start.
15:22
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His Kawasaki is currently back in pit lane. His mechanics are furiously working to get him out for the start.
15:22
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We have a dramatic start here. Pole position man Tom Sykes has crashed on his out lap from the pits. We didn't see the incident but he fell in the 1st few corners.
15:21
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Welcome back to Portimão for the 2nd World Superbike race of the 6th round in Portugal.
12:59
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Well that was a fantastic 1st race. So much to discuss. Make sure you join us again at 3.30 for race 2!
12:57
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Guintoli has a face like thunder after losing out. Not having won since the 1st race of the season must be an annoyance to the Frenchman.
12:55
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It is hard to think, but that race could have been even better had Laverty and Rea's bikes not expired. Lavertys fastest lap was not headed.
12:52
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That was a proper win for Melandri. He actually ran off track after Sykes tough move at turn 1, then rolled his sleeves up and outfought the other 2. A great ride.
12:51
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Sykes is now 8 points adrift of Guintoli at the head of the championship. Melandri overtakes Laverty for 3rd, 41 points behind the Frenchman.
12:48
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There were only 13 finishers in Race 1. The biggest loser of that has to be Laverty. A 24 point disadvantage has almost doubled to 44.
12:46
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We are seeing replays of the last corner again. Guintoli was at least 6/7 bike lengths back exiting the final turn. He got stunning drive which brought him so close to the win.
12:45
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Fabrizio edged Cluzel and Checa to take 7th. Federico Sandi rounds out the top ten.
12:43
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The biggest gainer from all of that though was Leon Camier. 13th on the grid to 4th. Baz was 5th and a strong ride for a hobbling Davies saw him take 6th.
12:42
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Sykes settled for the podium with 3/4 laps remaining and did not have an answer for the front 2. He ended 4 seconds back.
12:41
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Our timing screens show they can't be separated. But Melandri has won by 0.007 of a second! No one can say he did not deserve that.
12:40
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Wow! Melandri takes his 2nd win of the season but only just! After trailing him around the last lap Guintoli pulled out of his slipstream and ran alongside him. He just missed out on the line.
12:38
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They exchange positions again at turn 3. Sylvain runs wide though and Melandri gets back through.
12:37
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Melandri lunges at turn 1 and is through! This isn't over yet though.
12:37
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It is nice and close now. Melandri is right in Guintolis slipstream as they start the last lap.
12:36
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2 laps to go and Sykes looks to be out of this! He lost 4 tenths on Guintoli on that last lap. Melandri is dutifully hanging on. Badovini retires from 10th.
12:35
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Melandri and Guintoli trade blows in the first 2 turns. Sylvain has not won since Phillip Island, you can see he wants it badly here.
12:34
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Camier has gapped Baz by a second to sit comfortably in 4th. Davies is 3 seconds back in 6th.
12:32
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Guintoli leads! And suddenly things are going wrong for Sykes. He loses 1st at turn 1, and Marco slides neatly under him at turn 2. Game on!
12:32
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And Sykes now has a very fired-up Italian chasing him down in 3rd. Melandri is back on their tails. 5 laps to go and this is set to be a tremendous finish.
12:30
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It felt Sykes was weighing up a move there and was trying to break. But he has made two mistakes under braking during this lap and Guintoli is right there.
12:29
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Sykes takes the lead! And in dramatic style! He was braking for turn 1 and pulled across Marco's front wheel and forced Melandri to run on. A shaking of the head indicates the #33 is not happy.
12:28
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The top 6 are all lapping within 3 tenths of each other. If only Camier and Davies had qualified better this could be a five way fight at the front.
12:27
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Melandri's BMW is definitely quicker down the front straight. Sykes is able to close in around turns 11 - 14 only for the sl1000 to pull out of the final corner.
12:24
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It seems like seeing his teammate going out has woken Guintoli up. He is lapping 8-9 tenths faster than Melandri and Sykes ahead of him.
12:23
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After all of this mayhem, Leon Camier has moved into 4th. He is now lapping as fast as Melandri in 1st. Baz is shadowing him all the way.
12:22
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TV cameras focus in on a very displeased Eugene Laverty walking back to the pits. This is the last thing he needed after a difficult Donington Park.
12:21
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It's a proper race of attrition here. It's a straight out duel between Melandri and Sykes. Guintoli is 1.6 seconds back in 3rd.
12:20
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Laverty has retired! He was slowing down on the straight and suddenly smoke starts bellowing out of the bike! He pulls off track before turn 1. How the luck can change!
12:20
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Camier has made some fantastic progress. He's caught and passed Baz. Davies is following him through.
12:19
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Yet further disappointment for the Pata Honda team. Leon Haslam pulls into the pits. His body is slumped over the bike. He looks knackered. Shame after such a strong start.
12:18
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So entering lap 9 we have a group of 4. But Guintoli dropped over a second on his teammate on the last circulation. Now a full second back of Melandri.
12:16
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Jonathan Rea has issues with his bike. He pulls of the track after turn 2. Desperate disappointment after such a strong weekend so far. He was in with a shout of the podium there.
12:14
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Alexander Lundh has fallen from 18th place. His Kawasaki gently slides into the gravel and the rider walks away unharmed.
12:13
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The interesting question as we start lap 7 is whether Laverty can gap the 4 riders behind him.
12:12
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Laverty takes the lead from Sykes braking for turn 1 at the start of lap 6. His Aprilia definitely has the speed but looks ragged under braking.
12:11
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Giugliano has crashed out of 6th place.
12:11
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Leon Camier has stealthily made his way up to 9th and is closing on Checa ahead of him.
12:09
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The front 5 of Sykes, Laverty, Melandri, Guintoli and Rea are covered by 9 tenths of a second.
12:08
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Laverty set the fastest lap on lap 3. He pulls alongside Sykes on the front straight only to brake early for turn 1. He's practicing for later.
12:06
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The front five have made a break here. Baz and Giugliano quickly dispatch with Checa to climb to 6th & 7th. They are 1.6 seconds back of Rea in 5th.
12:05
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Elsewhere, Leon Haslam has made an excellent start and is stationed in 10th, recovering leg and all.
12:05
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At the start of lap 3 Laverty makes it past Melandri at the first corner with Guintoli passing Rea for 4th.
12:03
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Laverty can see Sykes breaking clear and is desperate to get past Melandri in 2nd. He's already ran in too hot to turn 1.
12:03
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Sykes leads across the line with Melandri close behind. Laverty is third with Rea, Guintoli and Checa rounding out the top 6.
12:01
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Sykes gets the hole shot. Melandri makes a great start to get into second. Laverty is sitting pretty in third.
11:59
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As we start the warm up lap the grid is as follows: Sykes, Laverty, Rea, Melandri, Guintoli, Baz, Checa, Cluzel, Fabrizio, Badovini, Giugliano, Davies.
11:58
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Although Davies starts from 12th, he was 6th in morning warm up this morning.
11:57
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Chaz Davies is walking wounded today after a colossal crash in free practice yesterday. He took a bang on the head and has a nasty gash on his right elbow.
11:57
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3rd place starter Jonathan Rea has been strong throughout the weekend. He led both qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday and was close takes his 1st front row since Assen.
11:55
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He will face stiff competition from Eugene Laverty today. Laverty set 8 consecutive laps in the 1.43s in warm up this morning. The Aprilia definitely has the consistency.
11:54
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....and one of his most painful moments. The mechanical failure in race 2 last year cost him championship glory. Hindsight eh? What a wonderful thing!
11:53
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Sykes returns to the scene of one of his hardest fought WSBK victories. He beat Checa here in race 1 last year by slenderest of margins.
11:52
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Sykes is 4 points back of Guintoli in the championship. A win in the 1st race would see him become the 1st Kawasaki to lead the WSBK championship since Scott Russell in 1993.
11:49
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Tom Sykes will start from pole position, his fifth consecutive pole of the season, after edging out Eugene Laverty by a mere 0.001 of a second in Superpole.
11:48
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Conditions are cool and cloudy for todays two races. The blustery wind that has hindered practice session has calmed and the threat of rain has gone. For now.
11:45
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Good morning and welcome to our live commentary for round six of the 2013 World Superbike Championship
11:44
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Good morning and welcome to Crash.net's live commentary for Round 6 of the World Superbike Championship at Portimão, Portugal.

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