Portuguese championship: RSV4 on the podium at Portimao II.
Race 1 - P3 for Magalhães with premature end
The return of the CNV Moto to the Algarve "roller coaster" took place on this sunny, but again, windy Saturday.
One aspect that has become more and more a characteristic of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve had its influence in the races scheduled for this weekend, especially in the Superbike class. After an auspicious Qualification, Tiago Magalhães secured the 2nd position for the first round of the weekend, being only 1 tenth shy of reaching the pole-position.
The Cascais rider made a fantastic start and led a handful of scheduled laps, but with seven laps to go Tiago lost his lead when a rider being lapped made contact with him. The possibility of reaching the much-desired victory for Eni Aprilia Portugal Racing Team completely escaped to Tiago Magalhães when the race was interrupted due to fire on a motorcycle of one of his opponents.
João Diogo Silva continued his "crescendo" of evolution, while improving his time in the Algarve circuit. The Sesimbra rider secured the ninth place for the first round of the weekend, position in which he finished after riding isolated for almost all the laps completed.
Filipe Lourenço #193 didn’t line up on the Superbike grid, again due to the injury suffered in the opening race of the RFME ESBK in CIRCUITO DE JEREZ (oficial), an injury whose persistence forces the Alenquer rider to take a break from the circuits and dedicate himself to his total physical recovery.
Race 2 - podium for Team Eni Aprilia Portugal
The second day of the return of the CNV Moto to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve saw Tiago Magalhães perform a flawless start once again, just like on Race 1 of the Superbike class. Tiago arrived at Turn 1 in front of the pack, position he maintained during the first three laps.
An error in the TMN Turn and the premature wear of the rear tire forced the rider from Cascais to slow down and hold the P3, amassing another 16 precious points for the Championship.
João Diogo Silva started from ninth place in the grid on Race 2 of the Superbike Class. The settings tested in the Warm Up session in the morning gave the rider from Sesimbra a new boost, where he managed to beat his personal record in lap 2 with a time of 1.51.6, but couldn’t avoid a small crash on the last turn of the circuit on lap 3, forcing him to retire from the race.
The CNV Moto returns on 20th and 21st of July at the Circuito do Estoril F1.