A fairly hot and sunny day saw Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Takumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari begin to prepare for tomorrow’s first race day making up the Portuguese WorldSBK weekend.

The Japanese pair spent the day working on their bikes’ setup, trying to find a solution to suit the track’s low level of grip.

Takumi set his personal fastest time during the morning’s session, a 1’44.062 (P17), as did Ryuichi with 1’44.574 (P18), but neither was able to improve on those references later in the day, also due to the afternoon’s higher temperature which had an even greater effect in terms of lack of grip.

Tomorrow’s Free Practice 3 will start at 09:00 local time followed by the Superpole qualifying session, set to get underway at 11:00, and then Race1 at 14:00.

Takumi Takahashi 13

17th 1'44.062

“Today we experienced quite different, and more demanding, track conditions with respect to what we saw during testing here a fortnight ago, probably due to the higher temperatures. We worked mainly on suspension settings, looking for more grip, but we were not able to improve over the two sessions. Anyway, we have gathered a lot of information and tomorrow we will try a different direction”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

18th 1'44.547

“It’s a pity that this afternoon we were not able to improve on our performance because this morning we started in a positive way, having tested here at the end of August, and I felt good on the bike. We tried to move forward in the afternoon, but I think we took the wrong direction and the high temperature also did not help. Anyway, I think it’s always worth a try. Tomorrow we’ll go back to a set up more similar to what we used in testing, but with some new ideas we have following today’s experience”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 10   Portugal

Free Practice

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.931
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.078
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.120
4 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.183
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.346
6 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.357
7 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.575
8 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 0.644
9 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.654
10 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.718
11 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 0.829
12 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.857
13 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1.050
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 1.291
15 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1.311
16 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1.555
17 Takahashi Takumi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.131
18 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.616
19 Barrier Sylvain 20 FRA BRIXX Ducati Ducati 3.237
20 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 3.503
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugalautodromodoalgarve.com

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6


Pole Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
Race Record 1'41.272 (163,24 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'40.372 (164,70 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
2019 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Superpole Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2019 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)