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Aragon WorldSBK: Rea sets new record on way to pole

Reigning WorldSBK king Jonathan Rea sliced two seconds off his own record at Motorland Aragon this morning to set pole position ahead of Ducati’s Scott Redding and fellow Brit To9m Sykes.

Rea put in a 1’48.458 on his final lap of the 15-minute session to edge out Redding, himself under Rea’s old record with 1’48.733 while Sykes recorded a 1’48.840 on the BMW M1000RR

Alex Lowes had looked on course for a front row start but was usurped by those starting ahead of him in the latter stages with the British rider top after the first runs in the 15-minute session.


Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) secured a second -ow start on his debut with his new team with fifth place, meaning it’s the first time since Oran Park 1988 one nation has locked out the first five positions in Superpole.

American star Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) secured sixth place as the fastest Yamaha rider, and prevented an all-British top six by finishing just ahead of Leon Haslam (Team HRC) who took Honda honours in Aragon.

Haslam was just a tenth ahead of team-mate Alvaro Bautista, with Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) in tenth. The Turkish star had qualified higher up the grid although had his best time deleted after exceeding track limits, meaning he was demoted to tenth.

Debutant Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team) secured a fourth row start on his Ducati Panigale V4 R in his first Tissot Superpole session in WorldSBK, with Eugene Laverty (RC Squadra Corse) 12th on his first appearance with the new BMW satellite squad.

Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was 15th after limited running in this morning’s Free Practice 3 session following his crash yesterday. Axel Bassani’s (Motocorsa Racing)’s first Tissot Superpole session was disrupted by a crash at Turn 3 around five minutes into the session, impacting his session although the youngest rider on the grid was able to qualify in 20th place.

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Top ten top speeds

1 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 318,6
2 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 317,6
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 317,6
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 316,7
5 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 315,8
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 315,8
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 314,0
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 313,0
9 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 313,0
10 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 312,1

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