The two main championship protagonists will start on the front row, making for a tantalising Race 2 after an action-packed Tissot Superpole Race!

The 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship fired back into life on Sunday morning with the Tissot Superpole Race. The 10-lap affair would be all-action from the start and would eventually see Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) take his ninth win on the bounce at Portimao, whilst a relentless battle for the podium place took hold behind the reigning four-time WorldSBK champion.

Lights out and it was another good get-away for Jonathan Rea, holding on to his first position from Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) had a better start and was fourth ahead of Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) and his teammate Michael van der Mark, whilst Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) kept his nose clean and was seventh.

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