2011 Portimao World Superbike Race 2 Result: Tense Race Sees Podium Settled On Last Lap

Results and summary of World Superbike Race 2 at Portimao:

Marco Melandri has taken victory in the last World Superbike race of the season, after leading a group of three all the way to the line. The Italian finished ahead of his Yamaha teammate Eugene Laverty in race 2 at Portimao, providing Yamaha with a 1-2 finish to go out with, the factory withdrawing at the end of 2011.

It was polesitter Johnny Rea who once again got the wholeshot, leading the Yamaha pair and Carlos Checa into Turn 1, but the Castrol Honda rider soon faced an onslaught from Laverty. The Irishman sliced inside Melandri on the entrance to the final corner to take 2nd at the end of the first lap, then sneaked out of Rea's draft to slot into the lead going into Turn 1. Laverty started to pull a gap at the front, though he could never pull clear, while teammate Melandri set about Rea as well. He got past the Honda on lap 3, only to run wide at the same spot, Turn 5, two laps later, allowing Rea to get back ahead of him. On lap 6, Melandri was through once again, this time with a hard move at Turn 1. 

Once past Rea, Melandri quickly closed on Laverty, but the Italian could not get close enough to pass. Rea was soon back on Melandri's tail, trailing Carlos Checa at first, the Spaniard fading as the race progressed. As Checa dropped off the back, Melandri set about passing his teammate for the win. A move inside at Turn 5 succeeded, holding Laverty off and blocking the outside run up to Turn 6. Laverty tried once more at the end of the front straight, but Melandri had the lead firmly under control.

Once Melandri was past, Laverty was left to contend with Johnny Rea. While Rea tried to attack, Laverty parried, but their tussle gave Melandri just enough room to escape. The Italian came home unchallenged, taking his fourth win of the year, and Yamaha's sixth of the season. Laverty came home in 2nd, taking back the position from Rea who had got past at the penultimate corner. His 2nd position left Laverty disappointed, as it meant he was tied with Max Biaggi for 3rd in the championship, the Italian veteran getting the position because he had more 2nd place finishes than the Irishman.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha YZF R1 1.075
3 4 J. REA GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1.363
4 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R 2.648
5 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 3.355
6 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 4.709
7 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6.514
8 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 14.441
9 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW S1000 RR 19.128
10 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 25.527
11 41 N. HAGA JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 26.400
12 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati 1098R 26.646
13 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 26.963
14 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 30.209
15 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 30.951
16 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW S1000 RR 31.057
17 31 K. MUGGERIDGE AUS Honda CBR1000RR 57.941
18 12 J. WATERS AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 58.577
19 112 J. FORES ESP BMW S1000 RR 1'04.011
20 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'04.397
RET 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 5 Laps
RET 51 S. BARRAGAN ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 Laps


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