With the championship being potentially settleable in the last race of the weekend, World Superbike lined up for a twenty one lap race under normal weather conditions after a turbulent weekend.
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The World Supersport was stopped after a turn one crash involving three riders from around the sixth row of the grid. A quick restart was implemented for a reduced twelve lap race as a result. Randy Krummenacher leads the championship by ten points over Federico Caricasulo and forty eight points over Jules Cluzel with seventy five points remaining in the year.
The weather improved for Sunday, with a warmer, drier day for the ten lap Superpole sprint race.
Rain stopped in advance of what would be close racing on a drying track, with Jonathan Rea leading Alvaro Bautista by ninety one points and only one hundred and eighty six points up for grabs this year. If Rea leaves France at least one hundred and twenty five points ahead of Bautista, he's the 2019 World Superbike champion.
After a wet morning, including the usual wet delays, World Supersport qualifying eventually started on a damp but drying track.
Half an hour late, the wet qualifying session eventually started once the track was cleared. The rain had stopped coming down as hard as earlier, but the track was still very damp.
With nobody improving on their morning's times, Kyle Smith topped a session where a handful of riders didn't even try to record a lap. The rain kept eight riders from setting a lap.
The afternoon's session was wetter and slower than the morning's, and nobody improved on their times. Of the riders that did record a lap, Jonathan Rea was quickest.
The wet weather held off the quick times as the track started damp and became wetter with time. Two French, Corentin Perolari and Lucas Mahias riders topped the sheet with Isaac Vinales third quickest.
In the year's wettest weekend so far, Michael van der Mark set the quickest time of the morning after waiting in his garage for the first half of the session. Both Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista both had crashes on the wet track.
With only twenty laps of Portimao left of the weekend, the weather continued to be hot with a track temperature of 44°C. Alex Lowes changed back to a regular tyre for the last race of the weekend.
World Supersport was eighteen laps under a cloudless sky. Kyle Smith would start from the pit lane due to engine allocation rules.
The ten lap Superpole race should make the grid for race two represent the race pace instead of qualifying pace. It's race qualifying with points. Alex Lowes was the only rider not to fit a ten-lap sprint SCX tyre on the rear of his Yamaha.
World Superbike's return to racing after the long summer break started here. The weather was still summer-like in Portugal with the high temperatures adding a challenge to the riders.
World Supersport Superpole opened with Federico Caricasulo in provisional pole position before the riders hit the track under a hot Portuguese sun. With no qualifying tyres available for World Supersport, a fresh, clean tyre is all you can get by pitting in, making it possible to set a quick lap in the opening minutes.