Johnny Rea arrived in Portimao hungry for revenge and, as far as he could see, he got what he wanted. In fact, his Saturday couldn’t go any better than this. First, the best time in the Superpole Race, then the victory in Race 1.
A success that is worth gold for the Kawasaki rider, especially given Scott Redding's performance, who was unable to go beyond a 7th place behind Loris Baz’s Yamaha.
“We’ve worked hard on the electronics to achieve this result,” Rea declared. "I knew I was really fast here in Portimao, but I had to figure out the tire wear, especially with regard to the second part of the race. In the end, however, everything went well, and I took the victory home.”
In Race 1 Johnny competed separately.
“I focused only on myself, without thinking about the other riders. I had incredible confidence with the Kawasaki. Lap after lap, I felt really strong and, in the end, I managed to take home this result. It’s an important victory, which comes after a weekend like the one in Jerez, and I needed a result.”
Redding finished seventh, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the rider from Northern Ireland.
“It’s not time to think about points, but this was definitely an opportunity to take advantage of, and I succeeded. Everyone always asks me about Scott, but there are many strong riders in the Superbike ready to fight for the victory, like Alex Lowes, as well as the Yamahas, with Toprak and Michael. Thinking only of Scott is counterproductive."