2020 Portimao World Supersport Race Two Result: No Delays

World Supersport race two was seventeen laps of a 31ºC Portimao.

Corentin Perolari got the hole shot to take the lead from pole sitter Andrea Locatelli, Jules Cluzel and Isaac Viñales. Lucas Mahias crashed out on turn two, ending his race. Cluzel prised Locatelli off the apex and loved his way to second place. Viñales followed him through and Locatelli was relegated to fourth place.

At the start of lap two, Cluzel took the lead down the straight while Locatelli dispatched Viñales to recover third place with Philipp Oettl right behind them. Lap three, Locatelli steamed past Perolari and set the fastest lap, a 1'45.698. Isaac Viñales passed Corentin Perolari, taking third place, a second behind Locatelli in second.

Seven laps in, Jules Cluzel and Andrea Locatelli had a two second lead over Isaac Viñales who started to break free of Corentin Perolari. A second behind, Steven Odendaal led Raffaele De Rosa and Philipp Oettl. Oettl and De Rosa swapped places a few times over the next couple of laps and by lap nine, De Rosa closed up the gap turning the battle for fourth place a five-rider scrap.

Andrea Locatelli took the lead midway through lap nine but Jules Cluzel stuck with him and held on for as long as possible. Two seconds behind, Isaac Viñales held a secure third place. As the race progressed, Steven Odendaal left the four riders behind him and Raffaele De Rosa lost the front round turn five of lap twelve. 

Manuel Gonzales joined Corentin Perolari and Philipp Oettl and the three battled lap after lap right to the end of the race.

Eventually, Cluzel just had to manage his lead over Viñales and let Locatelli take his fifth win out of five races, not understanding how the championship leader is so much quicker.

Behind third-placed Isaac Viñales, his first podium of the year, Steven Odendaal took a quiet fourth place seven second clear of the brawl for fifth, won by Philipp Oettl, ahead of Manuel Gonzales, Corentin Perolari and a late arrival of Hannes Soomer. 

Locatelli's unbroken run of fastest laps, pole positions and wins puts him decisively at the head of the championship, with Cluzel describing himself as "the best of the rest" thirty five points behind. In spite of his crash, Lucas Mahias remains in third place. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2.889
3 32 I. VIÑALES Yamaha YZF R6 5.517
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 9.547
5 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.743
6 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 17.035
7 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 17.080
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 17.157
9 77 M. PONS Yamaha YZF R6 21.236
10 61 C. ÖNCÜ Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.123
11 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 34.130
12 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 37.161
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 37.298
14 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 37.693
15 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 38.227
16 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 38.975
17 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 43.872
18 6 M. HERRERA Honda CBR600RR 47.899
19 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 49.874
20 25 A. VERDOÏA Yamaha YZF R6 1'01.141
21 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'04.233
22 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'06.511
RET 83 L. EPIS Yamaha YZF R6 13 Laps
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
Round Number: 
3
2020
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