All the statistical stories from a pivotal Motul Portuguese Round at Portimao…
The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship continued to bring unpredictability at the Motul Portuguese Round; the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve saw records smashed and history made. From manufacturers returning to winning ways to iconic landmarks for certain countries and one of the closest finishes ever seen, we debrief the major stats of the weekend just gone, whilst the title race between Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) rages on.
655 – Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) made it 655 podiums with Ducati representation.
390 - Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) gave Italy a 390th podium place in WorldSBK in Race 2 at Portimao after a penalty for Loris Baz (Team GoEleven) dropped the Frenchman one position.
300 – On Saturday, Toprak Razgatlioglu gave Yamaha a 300th race on the podium from their first back-to-back pole position since 2010.
295 – Jonathan Rea gave Great Britain a 295th win in WorldSBK.
258 – After 258 races in the points, Kawasaki failed to score any points in the Tissot Superpole Race, the first time since MotorLand Aragon in 2012, Race 1.
210/110 – Jonathan Rea’s Race 2 win was his 210th podium of his career and his 110th win.
200 – Leon Haslam (Team HRC) in third place on the grid after Superpole is the 200th front row after Superpole that has featured a Honda.
125/10 – In Race 2, with Rea and Redding finishing 1-2, it was the 125th time in WorldSBK that Great Britain had achieved this and the tenth time this season.
95 – Jonathan Rea took his 95th win for Kawasaki in Race 2 at Portimao, 61 ahead of the next-best rider for the manufacturer, Tom Sykes.
52/42 – Loris Baz became the 52nd rider to score a podium for Ducati in Race 1, whilst becoming the 42nd rider to score at least two podiums for the Bologna manufacturer.
25/11 – Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea both have 25 podiums and 11 wins each in the 2021 WorldSBK season. They also have three DNFs each.
25 – In WorldSSP300, Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) took a 25th win for Spain.
22 – Loris Baz is the 22nd rider in WorldSBK to score a podium with three manufacturers, the 15th rider where to have scored with three different manufacturers including Ducati.
20 – Loris Baz took his 20th career podium in the Tissot Superpole Race with third.
13 – After a year and 13 days, Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) took victory and after BMW waited since 2013, he took BMW’s 13th WorldSBK win.
5/1 – Adrian Huertas became the fifth different WorldSSP300 Champion on Saturday; it was his first World Championship. Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) won the race, his first World Championship win.
4 – BMW become the fourth manufacturer to win a race in WorldSBK in 2021; the first time this has happened since 2014. The last time there were five different winning manufacturers was in 2012 (Aprilia, Kawasaki, BMW, Ducati, Honda).
4 – Andrea Locatelli took third place in Race 2 at Portimao. This is the fourth podium of his season, putting him level in total with Marco Lucchinelli and Baldassarre Monti. In terms of Yamaha’s stats, a fifth podium will put him level with Michael Dowson and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), providing Gerloff in-turn doesn’t take a podium.
3 – Michael van der Mark’s win for BMW means he is just the third rider to win with the manufacturer.
2 – For the first time since 2012, Jonathan Rea crashed in back-to-back races.
0.011s – In World Supersport, the third-closest finish of all-time with Steven Odendaal (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) beating Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha). It was the closest finish since Losail 2016, when Kyle Smith beat Kenan Sofuoglu by 0.006s.
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