Takahashi wraps up WorldSBK debut with top-10 finish as injury sidelines Bradl

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has secured a top-10 finish today at Portimão’s Autodromo do Algarve courtesy of Takumi Takahashi, who wraps up his World Superbike debut in style after scoring his first World Championship point in race one yesterday. Full-time rider Stefan Bradl was unable to line up on the grid today due to a painful right wrist.

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

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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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Stefan Bradl

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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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

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.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2017, Round 10

Sunny & Dry / 24

Sunday 17 Sep 2017, 14:51 UTC
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# 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
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