WorldSBK: Jonathan Rea Seeks Sixth WorldSBK Title in Estoril
Rea leads Scott Redding by 59 points, will Scott be able to win all three races to claim his first WSB championship title, or will Rea get his 100th WSB race win?
As the riders head to Estoril, Kawasaki’s Jonathon Rea has no previous track knowledge. In contrast, Redding, Chaz Davies, Alvaro Bautista, Michael Van Der Mark, Leon Haslam and Eugene Laverty have all raced at the Portuguese circuit before. Chaz got his first championship points in Estoril in the 125 class back in 2002.
Rea only has to score three points over the racing weekend to claim the championship title, Scott needs to win all three races to be within a shot of the title. Can Davies get up to speed quickly as he has shown numerous times that his race pace is second to none, but his qualifying compromises him.
Who will be top Yamaha rider as Loris Baz, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Van Der Mark and Garrett Gerloff have all shown great speed over the past couple of rounds. Pata Yamaha’s Razgatlioglu seemed to lose his way at Aragon; he will be hoping for a better season in 2021 and be a championship contender.
HRC’s Bautista has the best knowledge of Estoril, as he has raced there ten times before, can he end his mediocre season with a much-awaited win on the CBR 1000 RR-R? His teammate Leon Haslam has yet to sign a contract for the 2021 season, whether it be with Honda or another manufacturer.
BMW’s Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty got their best qualifying positions in the last round, only to have a coming together on the first corner which ended their hopes of a first podium. Laverty will need a good racing weekend as he is still looking for a ride for the 2021 season.
Will Rea claim a sixth consecutive championship title or will Gloustershire’s Redding be a thorn in his side and spoil the Northern Irish man’s celebrations?
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