The midway point of the 2015 season sees Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea dominantly leading the standings. Eight wins and four second places from 12 races leave the Northern Irishman with an advantage of 101 points over Leon Haslam (Aprilia), with former champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) a futher one point back after having finally scored his first win of the season at Donington last month.
Sykes is a two-time winner at Portimao, having triumphed in the soaking wet first race of 2012 and the dry opening encounter of last year. Rea won the second 2014 race on a Honda.
With three Portimao podiums to his name, including one as a wildcard rider in 2008, Aprilia’s Haslam has traditionally seen the track as one of his stronger venues. That said, this year could be more of a challenge as the British rider is still feeling the effects of the three cracked ribs from his Imola crash earlier this season.
Reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli, now with the Pata Honda team, holds positive memories on the Algarve as he has finished on the rostrum there on no less than five occasions.
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