The opening race at the Portuguese Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has been contested today at Portimão’s Autodromo do Algarve, with Stefan Bradl forced to an early retirement after crashing out of eighth place on lap three. His Red Bull Honda World Superbike team mate for the round, Takumi Takahashi, crossed the line in 15th position and by doing so he earned his first World Superbike point.

After successfully taking part in Superpole 2 and then qualifying in eighth place on the grid for the 20-lap race, Stefan Bradl got a great launch off row three and by the end of the opening lap he was already up to sixth position. The German rider then lost one place after running wide at turn 1 and, as the third lap was drawing to a close, he had a highside at turn 14: due to the damage sustained by the bike during the crash, he was unable to re-join the encounter.

Takumi Takahashi started his maiden World Superbike race from 19th place on the grid and, after maintaining his position at the start, he found his own rhythm as he continued to make experience with the WorldSBK-spec version of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and Pirelli tyres around the 4.592km track located in the southwestern edge of mainland Europe.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

DNF

Unfortunately, this crash actually happened in the race: I was a good position and feeling comfortable on the bike, but maybe I pushed a bit too hard at turn 14 because the bike slipped away a little bit and I was thrown over the handlebar. A pity for the result really, but luckily we have another chance tomorrow: I got checked by the medical centre and I’m good to go, I feel OK and ready to give it another try. We need to keep the positives from today because I think we can have a good race and finish the weekend on a high note.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Takumi  Takahashi

Takumi Takahashi 72

15th

It was a difficult race because at the beginning I was struggling a bit with the front and could not get up to speed. Because of this, I was unable to stay with the riders in front of me, meaning I rode on my own for the most part of the race. In the end we were a bit lucky to get one point, but the goal for tomorrow is to stay with those riders, make more experience and to actually earn that point.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

The start of Stefan’s race was really good and we were all enjoying seeing him up there where we all think he can be. Surely it was a pity for the crash but thankfully enough he wasn’t hurt, so he’s ready to race again tomorrow. Takahashi was able to collect his first-ever World Championship point today: it hasn’t been an easy weekend so far for him - it’s a steep learning curve - but he is making more and more experience, which is the most important thing. He was able to set the same lap-time both at the beginning and at the end of the race, which means that there has been an improvement. Hopefully tomorrow he will be able to get in a mix and battle with the other riders.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2017, Round 10

Sunny & Dry / 22
Saturday 16 Sep 2017, 14:49 UTC
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 39°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 34'38.383
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.189
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +10.166
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR 13 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +10.508
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +13.739
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 10 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +16.816
7 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 9 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +18.786
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +22.090
9 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 7 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +28.430
10 Román Ramos 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +38.746
11 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +43.181
12 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 4 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +43.212
13 Anthony West 13 AUS 3 Team Pedercini Honda +43.325
14 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 2 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +43.412
15 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +54.303
16 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +59.880
17 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha + 1'04.441
18 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1 Lap
NC Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF
NC Stefan Bradl 6 GER 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
Sunny & Dry / 21
Saturday 16 Sep 2017, 12:00 UTC
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Ground Temp: 36°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'41.430
2 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.767
3 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.944
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.983
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.009
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.156
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.178
8 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.440
9 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.641
10 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.686
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +
12 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +
13 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +
14 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
17 Anthony West 13 AUS Team Pedercini Honda +
18 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
19 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
20 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
21 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
Sunny & Dry / 22
Friday 15 Sep 2017, 15:05 UTC
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'42.621
2 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.586
3 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.689
4 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.794
5 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.895
6 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.901
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.056
8 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.146
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.233
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.336
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.549
12 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.841
13 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.971
14 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.987
15 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.011
16 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +2.663
17 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.897
18 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +3.386
19 Anthony West 13 AUS Team Pedercini Honda +3.551
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.737
21 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +3.778
Rider Standings
Saturday, 16 Sep 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 406 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 311 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 296 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 234 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 168 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 153 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
7 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 146 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 134 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 119 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 104 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 89 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 83 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 75 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 67 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 50 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
16 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
17 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 36 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
18 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 32 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 29 Van Zon Remeha BMW
20 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
21 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 18 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 12 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 10 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
25 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
26 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
27 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 3 Team Pedercini Honda
28 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
29 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda