The MIE Racing Althea Honda team has completed round 3 of the Superbike world championship at Portimão, its riders Takumi Takahashi and Lorenzo Gabellini participating in the day’s Superpole race and second 20-lap Superbike race.
After a brief morning warm-up, riders were soon out on the grid for the 10-lap Tissot Superpole Race. From the eighth row of the grid, both Takahashi and Gabellini worked hard to find good pace. While the Italian gradually worked his way up from twenty-first to cross the line in eighteenth position, the Japanese rider progressed from twenty-second to conclude in nineteenth place. The second of the weekend’s 20-lap Superbike races got underway at 2pm local time. Gabellini was lying seventeenth through the opening stages, Takahashi nineteenth. Ending their race in seventeenth (Lorenzo) and eighteenth position (Takumi) both championship rookies have made little progress throughout the weekend and will continue to work with their respective teams at the upcoming events with a view to gradually improving their performance.
The next round of the Superbike world championship is set to take place at the MotorLand Aragón facility in Spain over the weekend of 28-29 August