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.
|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|