Takumi Takahashi crossed the line in fifteenth place in today’s first Superbike race at the challenging Algarve International Circuit Portimao.

It initially took the Japanese a little time to get into his rhythm but after a few laps, he began to steadily improve his pace before setting his personal fastest time on lap 11 and finishing inside the points zone in his first WSBK championship race of the season.

Struggling with a lack of grip, Ryuichi Kiyonari had a tougher race day and was forced to settle for nineteenth position at the end of the 20-lap competition.

Tomorrow’s Superpole race will start at 11:00 local time followed by Race 2 at 14:00 that rounds out the Portuguese race weekend.

Takumi  Takahashi

Takumi Takahashi 13

Today was quite challenging but it also had some positives and, above all, was a good experience. The first laps of the race were already tough enough, as I fought with some other riders and it took me some time to get past them and find my pace. But step by step my confidence improved and so did my rhythm. From mid-race on, I was able to maintain a consistent rhythm right until the end.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

I’m not happy with today’s performance. In qualifying I did not improve my position but at least the feeling with the bike was not bad, apart from the lack of rear grip. In order to try and improve in terms of that issue, we tried a set-up change, but it did not work as we were hoping for. I was struggling even more in the race and I could not ride fast enough. We must think ahead to tomorrow and work to try and do better.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2019, Round 10

Sunny / 30
Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 14:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 30°C
  • Humidity: 40%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34'19.341
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +3.891
3 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +6.168
4 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +8.564
5 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +8.877
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +10.404
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +13.495
8 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +21.345
9 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +21.582
10 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +22.486
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +22.701
12 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +27.132
13 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +34.484
14 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +36.612
15 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +46.877
16 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +47.901
17 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati +1'00.704
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +1'00.767
19 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +1'09.039
Sunny / 31
Friday 6 Sep 2019, 18:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'41.931
2 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.078
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.120
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.183
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.346
6 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.357
7 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.575
8 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +0.644
9 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +0.654
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.718
11 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.829
12 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.857
13 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.050
14 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +1.291
15 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1.311
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.555
17 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.131
18 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.616
19 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati +3.237
20 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +3.503