Good race. Nice moves by Nitro Nori.
TBH, it just hasn't been good racing with Rea walking on everybody before last year. This year he is going to have to work hard to earn another title with all the guys that are close and tracks where he doesn't have the best bike. Rea was always odds on favourite to win at Portimao, it is a track he has owned since back in his Honda days. What a fantastic track, the elevation changes are amazing. It would be a great place to do a track day.Nobody watching WSBK anymore or how come this thread has barely any posts? lol
This weekend races were not that exciting though. Rea being himself again. Davies still struggling, which sucks to see.
I used to not like JR years ago when he was on the Honda because of a few instances where he rode like a dick and made a few others crash. I didn't realize though just how good he actually was and how bad the Honda was until 2015 when he switched over. The guy is amazing at what he does and it makes sense that he's the most successful WSBK racer in the history of the series. Especially after last year like you said. I've been a Davies fan for quite some time and Ducati fan for way longer, so the combination of Davies on the Ducati is what I've been hoping to see on top for the last 4-5 years...and after seeing Bautista absolutely dominate the first few rounds last year, I thought then "This is it! This is the year Ducati wins again and someone finally stops Rea from dominating"...then he makes a big comeback and takes the championship by a big margin once again!I realise I’m a self confessed JR fan but to be fair his wins have come in the face of some great battles (Chaz), Kawasaki slowing rules (mid-season changes, engine, reverse grids) and even facing down 11 consecutive trouncings by Ducati which must have been seriously demoralising. Not to mention some pretty tough years at Honda. He’s learned a craft and perfected it.
I really hope Davies steps up.His battles with JR were fantastic and he deserves more than he’s got. So do a lot of others. He’s quick to point out better results at the end of 2019 but it didn’t last.
He was faster than Cameron in like 2-3 races...but for the most of the championship and most tracks, not so much. So I wouldn't say he was faster than Cameron by any means. That would be like saying Crutchlow was faster than Marquez, because he beat him a couple of times lolThink Gerloff will get it together. Remember his first year in MotoAmerica super bike. He struggled a bit, got knocked off by Tony at Barber - I had great view of his bike sliding down the pit entry and him running after it. Last year it was clear he had it figured out and was faster than Cameron (who is a great fella) but did his job protecting the championship. Superbike races at Barber were almost laughable as the two championship contenders were really outridden by their teammates. A little more time and Garrett will be right up there. My favorite race of his was when he rode thru the gravel during the first lap at Barber then charged back thru the field to take 3rd.
Locatelli has been on pole, set fastest lap and won every race so far this year. It has been much less exciting, as you say. He got some help last weekend with De Rosa and Cluzel taking each other out, but I suspect it wouldn't have mattered much in the end.WSS races don't seem to be very exciting this year. Locatelli has won like every race I think this year (except for one where I believe he crashed in while leading).
+1. Rea really dug in and ran incredibly hard to stay with the Ducatis at a track where he shouldn't have had a sniff. Just like last year, he is proving why he is the goat of WSBK. His determination and mental toughness are amazing.What an amazing race 2! Probably the best race I've seen all season. Rea is the man!