After taking an emphatic pole position in Saturday’s Superpole, his third of the season, Locatelli was made to fight for victory in the opening race at the Portuguese circuit. Both GMT94 Yamaha riders, Cluzel and Corentin Perolari, jumped ahead of the Italian at the start but it wasn’t long before the championship leader was back to the front. Locatelli fought with Cluzel, making his move on lap seven and streaked clear, as the Frenchman fell, to take victory number four.
It was much the same in Race 2, as Locatelli lost the lead on the run to Turn 1, but fired back through on Perolari at the end of the main straight on lap three. After several laps sitting behind race leader Cluzel, the Evan Bros Yamaha rider made his move at Turn 8 on lap nine and pulled clear to take a record-breaking fifth WorldSSP victory in a row.
Cluzel recovered from his fall to take a sixth-place finish in Race 1, collecting valuable championship points in order to keep his 2020 title bid alive. In Race 2, the GMT94 Yamaha rider made another strong start, moving into the lead by the end of the opening lap. The Frenchman defended hard from Locatelli but eventually conceded the position, remaining unchallenged in second until the chequered flag for his fourth podium of the season.
Having finished Race 1 in fifth, just 0.018 seconds from the podium, Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team’s Isaac Viñales bounced back with a stellar ride to third on Sunday, claiming his first rostrum of the 2020 campaign.
Perolari was also in that three-way drag race to the line in Saturday’s opener, taking fourth for the GMT94 Yamaha squad, and secured more championship points with seventh in Race 2. Just behind was Kallio Racing’s Hannes Soomer, who continued his run of top 10 finishes, taking eighth in Race 2, one better than yesterday.
bLU cRU Yamaha WorldSSP Team rider Galang Hendra Pratama claimed his first WorldSSP championship point in the second race from the Algarve International Circuit, finishing 15th, as teammate Andy Verdoïa rode through the pain barrier, following an injury sustained in Jerez, to reach the chequered flag on Sunday.