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06/10/2021 News

Rea blows hot and cold

PORTIMAO, Portugal, October 6 – After two DNFs in the first two races of the weekend in Portimao, Jonathan Rea got back to his winning ways at the final round in Portugal. 

With 12 victories to his name in Portimao, Jonathan Rea was the favourite for the final European round of the season. Starting second on the grid, the British rider fought hard with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding, his two principle rivals this year. But after four fiercely contested laps, the Kawasaki rider crashed in the last corner. The next day Rea lined up for the start of the sprint race with the bit between his teeth. But the weather came to spoil his Sunday morning. On a wet track, the six-time world champion crashed again on the first lap while leading the race. Following these two DNFs, the defending champion had slipped to 49 points behind Razgatlioglu in the overall standings. But like any self-respecting world champion, Rea didn't give up and finally got his revenge in the third round of the weekend. Starting 10th on the grid, Rea took his first win since the Catalunya meeting.

He also took advantage of his Turkish rival's fall to move back to 24 points behind him in the standings before heading to Argentina, the penultimate stop on the 2021 calendar. “I probably had the best start of the season in the second race," said the Kawasaki rider. “The bike was working well, it was agile and I was able to put it where I wanted. When I was told that Toprak was out of the race I changed my strategy a bit. The gap to the second place was increasing and I was able relaxed a little. I learned a lot from this weekend, because I made a lot of stupid mistakes, being too impatient." Alex Lowes, who is still suffering from a hand injury, pulled out on Saturday morning and did not ride in any of the weekend’s three races. “I'm very disappointed with this situation," commented the Englishman. “To be honest I would have liked to race, because as we saw on Friday, I feel fast here. But after talking to the doctors and the team management I was strongly advised not to race, especially at a demanding circuit like Portimao."

CATEGORY RIDER RACE 1 SPRINT RACE RACE 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

SUPERBIKE

Jonathan Rea

DNF

DNF

1st

2nd (454 points)

Alex Lowes

DNS

DNS 

DNS

7th (199 points)