The Superbike World Championship is back in full swing and the MIE Racing Althea Honda team is travelling directly from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, where round 3 is set to take place this coming weekend.
At the Spanish round, which concluded just three days ago, both riders found themselves battling against the extreme heat. Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi continued to work to adapt to the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, while his team-mate, rookie Lorenzo Gabellini, was participating in his very first event with the MIE Racing Althea Honda team.
Located in the well-known Algarve area of Portugal, the Autódromo Internacional lies roughly 300 km south of Lisbon. 4592 m in length, the spectacular track comprises 9 right-hand turns and 6 left-handers. A very modern facility, it was completed in 2008 and also incorporates karting and off-road tracks, a hotel and a technological park.
The WorldSBK action will get underway on Friday when Takahashi and Gabellini will take to the track for the first of the weekend’s free practice sessions.
Name: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
Length: 4.592 km
Pole position: right
2019 SBK RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Davies (Ducati); 3. Van der Mark (Yamaha). Race 2 – 1. Bautista (Ducati), 2. Rea (Kawasaki), 3. Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki).
SBK RECORDS: Best lap – Rea (Kawasaki) 1’41.272 (2019). Superpole – Rea (Kawasaki); 1’40.372 (2019).