SBK, Rea the matador in Race 1 at Portimao, Melandri 2nd

Poleman Laverty taken out early on by Forés, while Savadori crashes out, losing third place nine laps from the end; van der Mark on the podium, Davies 4th


Once again it's him, Johnny Rea! The Cannibal takes Race 1 at Portimao. Just to make a change, the Kawasaki rider took centre stage in Portugal, dominating the race from start to finish. Despite having missed out on pole, the Northern Irish rider was able to find the right pace, quickly taking the lead and maintaining it to the line.

This is his sixth consecutive win at the Algarve track, his 65th win in the category. Joining Johnny on the podium was Marco Melandri. Despite #33 having no ride for 2019, he sent a clear sign of life, proving to be the quickest Aruba rider. Davies, dealing with a less than ideal state of health, was forced to settle for fourth place behind van der Mark.

Aprilia had high hopes of reaching the Portimao podium, but in the end the Milwaukee team's Saturday was one to forget. Forés took out Laverty in the early stages, before Savadori crashed out nine laps from the end while lying third. Tom Sykes rounded out the top five today, followed across the line by Baz on the BMW and Torres on the MV Agusta. Razgatlioglu, Rinaldi and Lowes also closed top ten.

Translated by Heather Watson

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