Reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea continued his strong pre-season form yesterday, coming out on top during the final day of pre-season testing at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao – ahead of 2019 Superbike World Championship season kicking off in Australia next month.

Despite suffering a small crash during the minutes of the test, Northern Irishman Rea will be happy with his performance as he gears up for the first race of the season next month. Bringing the fight to Rea, Alex Lowes ended up finishing Day Two at Portimao in second place, 0.959 seconds behind – while Alvaro Bautista set an outstanding fastest lap time of 1’41.934, taking the third spot on the timesheets.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) 1’40.855
Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’41.814 +0.959
Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) 1’41.934 +1.079
Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) 1’42.144 +1.289
Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’42.191 +1.336
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’42.246 +1.391
Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) 1’42.469 +1.614
Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) 1’42.507 +1.652
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) 1’42.537 +1.682
Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’43.146 +2.291
Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) 1’43.361 +2.506
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) 1’43.834 +2.979
Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven) 1’43.950 +3.095
Alessandro Delbianco (Althea MIE Racing Team) 1’44.885 +4.030

Ross Mowbray

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