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WorldSBK Portimao | Jonathan Rea leads Kawasaki 1-2 to top Portugal practice

Jonathan Rea tops Friday free practice at Portimao for Round 11 of the 13-round 2021 WorldSBK Championship ahead of Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam

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Jonathan Rea has established an early advantage over 2021 WorldSBK title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu ahead of a pivotal event in Portugal as he topped Friday free practice at Portimao.

The Ulsterman comes into Round 11 of 13 chasing down a 20 point deficit to the in-form Razgatlioglu, who wrapped up both victories at Jerez the previous weekend, but had the edge over the Turk on the first day of action around the Portuguese circuit.

A positive day for Kawasaki all round, Rea was two tenths up on Alex Lowes, who despite still recovering from his hand injury, followed up in second position.

Leon Haslam - who is expected to be out of a ride at the end of the season as Honda prepares to announce a fresh rider line-up for 2022 - was in impressive form to secure third position, ahead of series leader Razgatlioglu.

Having struggled to tap into the form that had him challenging for podiums earlier in the season, Garrett Gerloff gave a glimpse of his best with the fifth fastest time on the GRT Yamaha, while Loris Baz strengthened his chances of securing a full-time return to WorldSBK in sixth on the Go Eleven Ducati.

Scott Redding was just behind his Ducati counterpart in seventh, ahead of Aruba.it team-mate Michael Ruben Rinaldi, with Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Locatelli rounding out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Michael van der Mark was the highest-placed BMW rider in 11th, ahead of Isaac Vinales, who returned to track a week after the death of his cousin Dean Berta Vinales in a WorldSSP 300 race in Jerez.

Isaac’s brother Maverick Vinales has opted out of competing in MotoGP this weekend.

2021 WorldSBK Portimao | Free Practice [FP1 + FP2] RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Portimao | Free Practice [FP1 + FP2] RESULTS | Round 11 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.466
2Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.657
3Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.716
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 41.812
5Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 41.872
6Loris BazFRATeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.974
7Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.986
8Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.099
9Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.115
10Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 42.172
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 42.324
12Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.776
13Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.980
14Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 43.029
15Eugene LavertyGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 43.157
16Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 43.321
17Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 43.905
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 43.937
19Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 44.313
20Tito RabatESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 43.937
21Gabriele RuiuITAB-Max Racing TeamBMW M1000RR1m 44.468
22Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 44.775
23Lachlan EpisAUSTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 45.498

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