The second World Superbike race of the day at Portugal’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on Sunday was a tricky one at best, thanks to ongoing rain that had started earlier in the day. Despite the wet weather – or perhaps because of it – Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea brought home the win in the abbreviated 18-lap race at the Portimao circuit. This result marked Rea’s fourth win of the season.
“I heard the rain coming on my motorhome,” Rea said on Cycle News. “I was watching a little bit of the Tour de France and I just started singing a little bit.
"I was getting a little bit giddy, getting changed, because I knew it was a chance," Rea continued. "Because a dry second race, than maybe it wasn’t possible to be here.”
Rea’s race two victory followed a nasty collision between Aprilia teammates Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri near the end of the race. Although Guintoli was able to rejoin the race and finish seventh, teammate Melandri wasn’t as lucky and retired early from the race.
“Yeah, unfortunately for (Melandri and Guintoli) because they had a lot better pace than me at that point of the race,” Rea said. “It’s nice to take a wet win, but I much prefer it in the dry.
"But we’ll take it every way we can," Rea added. "It’s 25 points not just for me, but for all the team who are consistently working so hard to bring the package to the front. And I’m really happy for all them.”
Factory Ducati teammates Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies joined Rea on the podium in second and third, respectively. Portimao race one winner Tom Sykes turned in a conservative performance in the day’s second race, with the factory Kawasaki rider finishing eighth.
Even so, reigning World Superbike Champion Sykes left Portimao still in possession of the overall championship points lead. Currently, Sykes leads Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli in second by 43 points and his factory Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz in third place by 48 points.Tags: Aprilia, Chaz Davies, Cycle News, Davide Giugliano, Ducati, Jonathan Rea, Loris Baz, Marco Melandri, Motorsports, Pata Honda, Portimao Circuit, Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes