Takahashi enjoyed a good start from 18th place on the grid and immediately settled into a good rhythm, which allowed him to gain some positions. As the encounter reached its halfway point, the Japanese rider was promoted to 11th place. He then brilliantly maintained his position by getting some margin over the following riders. In the final stages of the encounter, Takumi made his way into the top-10, which he held onto up to the chequered flag.
Takahashi now leaves Portimão with a tally of six points and a lot more experience ahead of his track WorldSBK return, scheduled at Jerez in a little more than a month’s time.
After yesterday’s highside at turn 14 during race 1 – which had apparently left the German uninjured – Stefan Bradl endured severe pain in his right wrist overnight. The 27-year-old German rider tried to get on track this morning on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 for warm up in order to test his condition, but after a quick-lap attempt the pain became too strong for him to use the throttle accordingly, so he had to make his way back to the pits.
He then returned to the Medical Centre, where he was declared unfit to race due a right-wrist functional impairment. Stefan will return home to undergo an MRI scan to investigate possible micro damage in his wrist, which x-ray scans did not reveal between yesterday and this morning.
The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will stop at Portimão for a day of official testing tomorrow, before returning to its home base in the Netherlands to start the preparations for the French Round, which takes place at Magny-Cours in a fortnight’s time.
Takumi Takahashi 72
Today we made some improvements with the set-up on the bike and, although I had the same kind of issue to get up to speed in the early stages, in the last part of the race I found myself in a position trying to bridge the gap with Badovini for ninth place before the chequered flag. We managed to finish in the top-10 with a bit of luck today and we garnered more experience, so I am now looking forward to Jerez, a track I know already, in order to push for more.
Stefan Bradl 6
Unfortunately, yesterday’s crash led to some problems with my wrist. We did an x-ray yesterday and it showed no fracture or damage, but during the night the situation got a bit worse because I was really in lots of pain. I tried this morning during warm up with the help of Clinica Mobile – who I want to thank for the help – but I noticed almost immediately that I didn’t have the full control of the bike. I wasn’t fast because I was not in a condition to push, so I went back to the Clinica and the doctor suggested an MRI scan back home in order to search for any possible tiny crack or ligament damage that would explain the pain. Another very unlucky weekend for us, especially because we showed signs of improvement and things were looking better. But we can take these positives into the next race at Magny-Cours and I really hope I will be fully fit for then.
Ronald ten Kate
This morning during warm up we found out that Stefan’s problem was worse than we had feared. He tried to ride but he was in pain and had limited movement in the wrist, and therefore was declared unfit to ride. It’s a shame because he was looking good this weekend and we could have used another try for a good result. Takumi improved his performance from yesterday and a top-10 result is really good, considering it was his maiden weekend in the series. I’m sure things will be easier for him at Jerez, with the experience he’s made this weekend and his previous knowledge of the track.
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal
WorldSBK 2017, Round 10
- Air Temp: 24°C
- Humidity: 43%
- Ground Temp: 40°C
|#||Rider||Num||Nationality Nat.||Points Pts.||Team||Constructor Constr.||Time/Gap|
|1||Jonathan Rea||65||GBR||25||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki||4’40.917|
|2||Michael van der Mark||60||NDL||20||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||+5.834|
|3||Marco Melandri||33||ITA||16||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||+9.201|
|4||Eugene Laverty||50||GBR||13||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+12.792|
|5||Jordi Torres||81||SPA||11||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW||+15.943|
|6||Lorenzo Savadori||32||ITA||10||Milwaukee Aprilia||Aprilia||+19.359|
|7||Leandro Mercado||36||ARG||9||IodaRacing Team||Aprilia||+23.286|
|8||Anthony West||13||AUS||8||Team Pedercini||Honda||+36.982|
|9||Ayrton Badovini||86||ITA||7||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+48.544|
|10||Takumi Takahashi||72||JPN||6||Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team||Honda||+50.000|
|11||Ondrej Jezek||37||CZE||5||Grillini Racing Team||Kawasaki||+51.944|
|12||Alessandro Andreozzi||121||ITA||4||Guandalini Racing||Yamaha||+56.705|
|13||Xavi Fores||12||SPA||3||BARNI Racing Team||Ducati||+ 1’07.518|
|14||Riccardo Russo||84||ITA||2||Guandalini Racing||Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|15||Román Ramos||40||SPA||1||Team Go Eleven||Kawasaki||+4 Laps|
|NC||Chaz Davies||7||GBR||0||Aruba.it Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|NC||Leon Camier||2||GBR||0||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta||DNF|
|NC||Alex Lowes||22||GBR||0||Pata Yamaha||Yamaha||DNF|
|NC||Raffaele De Rosa||35||ITA||0||Althea BMW Racing Team||BMW||DNF|