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Portiṃo A Strong Venue For KRT Riders Rea And Sykes

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The FIM Superbike World Championship reaches the halfway point in a few days‰Ûª time when KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes head to PortimÌ£o for the seventh round of the series.

Each has happy recent memories of the Portuguese circuit, with Sykes winning race one in 2014 and Rea victorious in race two.

At the most recent round in Donington, a home weekend for both KRT riders, Rea extended his long-term championship lead with two second place finishes behind his resurgent team-mate Sykes, who in his turn scored his first two race wins under the new technical rules that were brought in this season. Sykes‰Ûª moved to within one point of second place in the championship rankings after his perfect Donington weekend.

Having only joined Kawasaki‰Ûªs official WSB squad this year, Rea has won no less than eight of the 12 races run so far in 2015 and scored second place in all the other four. This puts him on a remarkable total of 280 points, with the season still not quite half completed.

He has now lifted his career race winning total to 23, part of a career podium tally of 54.

Of possibly even more relevance this coming weekend is the fact that Rea has scored a remarkable eight previous Portiṃo podiums in the WSB class, including his race two victory last season. Rea had his first full WSB race at the circuit on the Algarve - way back at the end of the 2008 season.

‰ÛÏI have been soaking up the pre-TT atmosphere here in the Isle of Man before I head off to PortimÌ£o." Rea commented. "It is a circuit that I really enjoy and it requires quite a lot of different techniques in a few areas.

"It is a cool place to go in general and the weather should be really nice at this time of year. I am looking forward to riding the Kawasaki there because I have some really good memories from previous race weekends. Now we have a really good way of working with the KRT Ninja ZX-10R and we need to keep working together, Pere and all the crew, to really understand the bike and the track on Friday and then build towards two strong races.

"We did not test at PortimÌ£o in the winter because we did a lot of testing at Motorland and Jerez. I took a race win at PortimÌ£o last year, in the wet, which was very nice. This year is a new year so we will just try and build on what we have done already. My target at PortimÌ£o is to go for both races.‰Û

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