The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has secured a top-10 finish today at Portimão’s Autodromo do Algarve courtesy of Takumi Takahashi, who wraps up his World Superbike debut in style after scoring his first World Championship point in race one yesterday. Full-time rider Stefan Bradl was unable to line up on the grid today due to a painful right wrist.

Takahashi enjoyed a good start from 18th place on the grid and immediately settled into a good rhythm, which allowed him to gain some positions. As the encounter reached its halfway point, the Japanese rider was promoted to 11th place. He then brilliantly maintained his position by getting some margin over the following riders. In the final stages of the encounter, Takumi made his way into the top-10, which he held onto up to the chequered flag.

Takahashi now leaves Portimão with a tally of six points and a lot more experience ahead of his track WorldSBK return, scheduled at Jerez in a little more than a month’s time.

After yesterday’s highside at turn 14 during race 1 – which had apparently left the German uninjured – Stefan Bradl endured severe pain in his right wrist overnight. The 27-year-old German rider tried to get on track this morning on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 for warm up in order to test his condition, but after a quick-lap attempt the pain became too strong for him to use the throttle accordingly, so he had to make his way back to the pits.

He then returned to the Medical Centre, where he was declared unfit to race due a right-wrist functional impairment. Stefan will return home to undergo an MRI scan to investigate possible micro damage in his wrist, which x-ray scans did not reveal between yesterday and this morning.

The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team will stop at Portimão for a day of official testing tomorrow, before returning to its home base in the Netherlands to start the preparations for the French Round, which takes place at Magny-Cours in a fortnight’s time.

Takumi  Takahashi

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Today we made some improvements with the set-up on the bike and, although I had the same kind of issue to get up to speed in the early stages, in the last part of the race I found myself in a position trying to bridge the gap with Badovini for ninth place before the chequered flag. We managed to finish in the top-10 with a bit of luck today and we garnered more experience, so I am now looking forward to Jerez, a track I know already, in order to push for more.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Stefan Bradl

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Unfortunately, yesterday’s crash led to some problems with my wrist. We did an x-ray yesterday and it showed no fracture or damage, but during the night the situation got a bit worse because I was really in lots of pain. I tried this morning during warm up with the help of Clinica Mobile – who I want to thank for the help – but I noticed almost immediately that I didn’t have the full control of the bike. I wasn’t fast because I was not in a condition to push, so I went back to the Clinica and the doctor suggested an MRI scan back home in order to search for any possible tiny crack or ligament damage that would explain the pain. Another very unlucky weekend for us, especially because we showed signs of improvement and things were looking better. But we can take these positives into the next race at Magny-Cours and I really hope I will be fully fit for then.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Ronald ten Kate

Ronald ten Kate

Team Manager

This morning during warm up we found out that Stefan’s problem was worse than we had feared. He tried to ride but he was in pain and had limited movement in the wrist, and therefore was declared unfit to ride. It’s a shame because he was looking good this weekend and we could have used another try for a good result. Takumi improved his performance from yesterday and a top-10 result is really good, considering it was his maiden weekend in the series. I’m sure things will be easier for him at Jerez, with the experience he’s made this weekend and his previous knowledge of the track.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2017, Round 10

Sunny & Dry / 24
Sunday 17 Sep 2017, 14:51 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 43%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 4'40.917
2 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 20 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +5.834
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +9.201
4 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 13 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.792
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 11 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +15.943
6 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +19.359
7 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 9 IodaRacing Team Aprilia +23.286
8 Anthony West 13 AUS 8 Team Pedercini Honda +36.982
9 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 7 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +48.544
10 Takumi Takahashi 72 JPN 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +50.000
11 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 5 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +51.944
12 Alessandro Andreozzi 121 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +56.705
13 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 3 BARNI Racing Team Ducati + 1'07.518
14 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 2 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA 1 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +4 Laps
NC Chaz Davies 7 GBR 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Alex Lowes 22 GBR 0 Pata Yamaha Yamaha DNF
NC Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
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
Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 431 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 250 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 168 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 166 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 156 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 134 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 130 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 117 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 99 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 84 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
13 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 84 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
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 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 25 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
21 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
22 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 17 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 12 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
24 Anthony WEST 13 AUS 11 Team Pedercini Honda
25 Jake DIXON 94 GBR 7 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
26 Takumi TAKAHASHI 72 JPN 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
27 Alessandro ANDREOZZI 121 ITA 4 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
28 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
29 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
30 Jake GAGNE 45 USA 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda