Third straight year in series' only U.S. appearance.
Sylvain Guintoli narrowed the gap to leader Tom Sykes to just twelve points.
Because of the weather, the race distance was reduced to 19 laps.
The two Ducati Superbike men quickly got to work setting up their 1199 Panigale bikes.
Tom Sykes is looking to return to his previous winning form.
Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) claimed Pole Position today at Jerez.
Changeable weather played a big role in the 8th WSBK round’s race day at Portimao’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
An enthralling 20 lap race 1 saw Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) emerge victorious at a cloudy and overcast Portimão to claim his 7th win of the season and the 21st of his WSBK career.
Tom Sykes elevated himself to 2nd despite running off track in the final few moments of the session.
Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano now travel to the Portuguese ‘Autodromo Internacional do Algarve’ for round 8.
After seven of fourteen scheduled rounds, Davies holds sixth position in the general standings, with 143 points, while Giugliano is seventh.
It was the 20th career individual race win and the third double in the season for Tom Sykes.
This is the 19th individual WSBK race win, the first one at Misano, for Tom Sykes.
The Italian rider earned second place on the grid for tomorrow’s races, with his teammate Chaz Davies concluding sevent.
Today’s pole position is the 21st of Sykes’ WSBK career.
Chaz Davies crossed the line in fourth place, before concluding race two in eighth position.
Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon made a positive start on the opening day of the sixth round of this year’s championship at Sepang circuit.