WorldSBK makes a return to Portugal, but can you remember some of these facts and stats?
230 – Jonathan Rea scored 230 points at Portimao. Among the current line-up of riders the closest one is Tom Sykes, with less than a half of Rea’s value (114).
65 – Eugene Laverty holds the record for most laps led in Portugal, 65 (he led two full races here). Next up are the works Kawasaki riders: Tom Sykes at 55 and Jonathan Rea at 49.
16 - Rea is the only rider who has raced in all the 16 WorldSBK races held here.
10 – The highest number of podium finishes for a rider here is 10, a record set by Jonathan Rea. No other rider has climbed on the podium more than five times here. The closest challenger of Rea’s record is Sylvain Guintoli at five.
10/3 – The fastest race lap was recorded by 10 different riders in Portugal, but only by three manufacturers (Ducati 8; Kawasaki 5; Aprilia 3).
9 – There are nine different winners from 16 races in Portugal.
4 – Leon Haslam is the only non-World Champion to have recorded four podiums at Portimao. All the other riders with four or more podiums here are World Champions (Rea 10; Guintoli 5; Biaggi and Sykes 4).
3 – Only one rider recorded more than one pole here, Tom Sykes with three (2012 to 2014).
3 – The double has been recorded only by three riders here: Troy Bayliss in 2008; Max Biaggi in 2010 and Jonathan Rea in 2015. They were all crowned champions the same season which saw them record the double in Portugal.
3 – No manufacturer has taken three straight wins around Portimao: Kawasaki is in the position to be the first ones to achieve this feat as they recorded the double with Rea in 2015.
2 – Yamaha is the only manufacturer to have recorded pole in consecutive years with two different riders in Portugal: in 2009 with Ben Spies and in 2010 with Cal Crutchlow.
1 – Reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea debuted in the WorldSBK championship in 2008 at Portimao, which was the last weekend of the season. He came from the World Supersport Championship, and recorded the third best time in qualifying on top of fourth in Race 1.