Montmeló opens with an unstoppable Rea and without Carrasco

Barcelona will host an SBK race for the first time. The Northern Irishman could give the final bite to the World Cup and Ana Carrasco will not be after fracturing two vertebrae.

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The Superbike World Championship will land this weekend for the first time in its history at the Montmeló circuit. It will be the fourth test in Spanish territory, just half of the eight scheduled, with two remaining until the end of the World Cup: France (Magny-Cours) and Portugal (Estoril). The action on the track will not begin until next Friday with the first free practice of Supersport 300. The riders of the World Superbike will then leave and the Supersport will close the day.

Superbike

Jonathan Rea, after winning the last heat in Alcañiz, will seek to give a final blow to the championship. With 36 points of advantage, the Northern Irishman begins to glimpse his sixth championship, if it is not possible to prevent Scott Redding. The Brit is just one win away from equaling a rookie Superbike's win record, but it might not be enough to beat Rea.

Rinaldi will be another of the proper names in Barcelona. The Ducati rider has four consecutive podium finishes for his compatriot Melandri in 2017 (the last Italian to do so), which, in turn, confirmed his second retirement from the World Championship. If the Rimini rider has found consistency in recent races, Bautista still does not show his best version with the Honda after the podium in Aragon. The last time a Spanish rider won on the Japanese bike was Carlos Checa in 2008.

Supersport

The intermediate category prepares for the coronation of Andrea Locatelli. The BARDAHL rider Evan Bros has already broken the historical record of victories in a single season with nine and with the confirmation of the absence of Jules Cluzel due to injury after his accident in Teruel with Raffaele De Rosa, he has the title of face. To do this, he must gain a 100-point advantage over Lucas Mahias or Philipp Oettl, his distant pursuers.

Supersport 300

The novelty in Supersport 300 will be in the loss of Ana Carrasco. The 2018 champion and fifth-placed in the World Cup, she fractured two vertebrae during tests in Portugal and will not return for the remainder of the season. In terms of the championship, Jeffrey Buis is launched after winning three of the last four races, although his boxing partner, Scott Deroue, has also shown great consistency and is 12 points behind the lead.



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