Jonathan Rea has produced a dominant double victory at Portimao to put one hand on a third consecutive World Superbike championship after his rivals faltered.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider produced another near-faultless performance to carve his way from the reversed ninth place on the grid to lead on lap two before quickly building a gap out in front.

Main rival Chaz Davies climbed up to second on lap seven by passing Eugene Laverty, at which point Rea was long gone, and looked settle on the runner-up spot until he crashed out at turn two with three laps to go.

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With Rea clinching an 11th race win of the season, his 34th for Kawasaki, the Northern Irish rider needs just a second place finish in the Magny Cours opener to make World Superbike history with a third consecutive title.

While Davies crashed out it meant the injured Tom Sykes holds on to second in the World Superbike championship standings having missed the Portimao races with a dislocated and fractured finger.

Michael van der Mark profited from Davies’s fall to take his maiden podium for Pata Yamaha with second place as he prepares for his MotoGP debut as Valentino Rossi’s replacement at Aragon.

Marco Melandri held off Laverty in an intense battle for the final rostrum spot as it marked the Milwaukee Aprilia rider’s best result of the season.

Jordi Torres impressed for Althea BMW with fifth place ahead of Lorenzo Savadori and IodaRacing Aprilia’s Leandro Mercado.

With a number of riders falling from race two, including Davies, Leon Camier and Alex Lowes, Anthony West was promoted to eighth place for Puccetti Kawasaki ahead of Ayrton Badovini on the Grillini Kawasaki as Takumi Takahashi rescued a result for Red Bull Honda by finishing 10th.

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Sorry but what a yawnfest Wsbk is. Rea should be in Motogp which would make both series more interesting. Stick him on any motogp bike, Reddings, Smiths, or any of the decent Ducatis and he would do way better than the current riders. That's a fact.

Boring yet again. Found myself fast forwarding the recording. 

 

I stopped watching WSBK after Max retired, well, I lasted the next season but it's really not what it used to be anymore is it.

Too bad Rea is not on a Yamaha, we'd see him in MotoGP real soon now if he was.

Dorna must find ways to bring Rea into MotoGP,  he is too good for Wsbk..should let Wsbk r with riders of same caliber.

I thought that F1 was the most boring racing in the world but they have a two wheeled challenger now in the from of SBK.  Please fix asap.

I have to agree...I thought I never would write this since I´ve been a big fan of WSBK since the very early 90s - but isn´t it time to rename the series to "MotoBoring"?

I'd just like to blow a raspberry at all those crash posters who were present on here while Jonathan Rea was riding for Ten Kate on that clunker fireblade and who disagreed with me when I said that that JR had real potential. All those posters who repeatedly said he was "Rubbish" and or "Crashes too much" and or "will never win a Championship" may now sit in the corner and count " 1, 2, and almost 3"

I was there (fantastic track, fantasic hotel in walking distance, fantastic weather).

Only downsides were pretty poor organisation. had to queue for 30 mins to get a ticket to get in (even though I'd already paid online!). They had *one* kiosk selling food and drink for the entire grandstand, had to queue for 40 mins to get a beer, and if you didn't want beer or soft drink then tough luck, also the 2 big TVs they have on the main straight are not very big and quite low resolution (like they used to be 15 years ago sort of thing), and one of them was only partly working, and both of them had error messages poping up all the time about a fan overheating) and the commentary was entirely in Portugese (I don't expect it to be entirely or even 50% in English - but there was a large percentage fo English speakers in the crowd, so the occasional bit in English would have been welcome (which they did at Assen last time I was there).

Having said that if anyone is thinking of going. Overall, the weekend was brilliant at this track. Much, much better than, for example, Donnington (though it's a while since I've been there). And a full ticket for both days with access to the main (very good) grandstand, and the paddock etc was €35!

On the second day the cark was 3/4 full and the main (massive) grandstand was at least half full, so it's definitely not the case that no-one is interested in WSB any more, and there was definitely a big enough crowd to make a great atmosphere without it being so crowded you can't move..

But on the subject of WSB needing closer racing at the front. I can't argue with that. Though it looks like they are doing *something* for next year which *may* help.

Also - agree with Tetley. When JR first went to Kawasaki I knew he had it in him but I definitely wasn't 100% sure he would beat TS in his first year with Kawasaki, never mind make the entire field look like rank amateurs 3 years in a row. In fact if JR wasn't in the series the racing at the fron would be much, much closer...

 

Also - since big sports bikes and 600 sales have tanked recently, and the SSP300 category came into existense becuase that class of bike is important for manfacturer sales now, maybe they can introduce an 'adventure bike' and 'touring' category as well?