Following straight on from rounds at the Spanish circuits of Barcelona and Jerez de la Frontera, the Superbike World Championship now lands in Portugal and prepares for round eleven at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.
Team MIE Racing Honda and rider Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado have worked hard over recent weekends to improve in terms of their overall speed and consistency. Although the rider proved unlucky in last Sunday’s races at Jerez de la Frontera, he had worked effectively with his technicians during the practices and finished Superpole in eleventh place, his best qualifying result of the season so far.
And the squad now intends to approach the Portimão race weekend in a similar way. Tenth in last year’s race 2, the Argentinian rider particularly enjoys the racing offered by this Portuguese track. Completed in 2008, the circuit was inaugurated later that same year by the World Superbikes and has been a regular feature on the calendar ever since. This undulating track is 4592 m in length and features 15 turns, 9 of which right-handers, 6 left-handers. Its layout always makes for exciting, close-fought racing.
Name: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
Length: 4.592 km
Pole position: right
2020 SBK RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha); 3. Van der Mark (Yamaha). Race 2 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki), 2. Redding (Ducati), 3. Van der Mark (Yamaha).
SBK RECORDS: Best lap – Rea (Kawasaki) 1’41.272 (2019). Superpole – Rea (Kawasaki); 1’40.372 (2019).