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Aragon WorldSBK Superpole | Jonathan Rea fires in 42nd WorldSBK pole over title rivals

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Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023 WorldSBK, Aragon, action [Gold & Goose]

Jonathan Rea made sure he tallied at least one more pole position as a Kawasaki rider before the end of the 2023 WorldSBK season as he took top spot in qualifying for Round 10 at Aragon.

The Ulsterman, who is poised to join Yamaha for the 2024 WorldSBK season in place of BMW-bound Toprak Razgatlioglu, made the most of his intimate knowledge of the Alcaniz circuit, a venue which is used predominantly by Kawasaki for testing year-round.

It meant Rea, who has struggled to match the Ducati and Yamaha of Alvaro Bautista and Razgatlioglu at times in 2023 over a single lap, would come out on top on this occasion to secure his second Superpole of the season, the 42nd of his WorldSBK career.


While he might be starting ahead of his two primary rivals, Bautista and Razgatlioglu won’t be far away regardless, the top two riders in the overall standings slotting in alongside him in second and third respectively as they prepare for what could be a crucial three races in the fight for this year’s crown.

Pata Yamaha’s Andrea Locatelli made gains towards the end of the session to ascend to fourth, in turn dislodging Michael Ruben Rinaldi to fifth and Iker Lecuona down to sixth, the latter in particular enjoying one of his strongest Superpole sessions of the season on the factory HRC Honda CBR1000RR-R.

Axel Bassani gets underway as top privateer in seventh, the Italian sharing row three with fellow independent racers Philipp Oettl and Remy Gardner. 

There was disappointment, however, for Bassani and Oettl’s Ducati stablemate Danilio Petrucci, who went from hero to zero by crashing out of contention early on without setting a time having topped the preceding FP3 session beforehand.

Though unable to replicate his top five pace through practice, Garrett Gerloff was still the best placed BMW rider as he rounded out the top ten on the satellite Bonovo machine, ahead of Loris Baz in 11th, Scott Redding in 13th and Michael van der Mark in 14th.

Elsewhere, Bradley Ray started 17th on the Motoxracing Yamaha, one spot ahead of Florian Marino, the Kawasaki test rider - deputising for the injured Alex Lowes this weekend - qualifying 18th for what will be his first WorldSBK start in five years.

2023 Aragon WorldSBK | Motorland Aragon | Superpole Qualifying Results| Round 10 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 47.973
2Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 48.324
3Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 48.523
4Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 48.710
5Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 48.804
6Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 48.876
7Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 48.909
8Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.000
9Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 49.031
10Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.083
11Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.256
12Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.418
13Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.556
14Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.738
15Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 49.917
16Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 50.005
17Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 50.052
18Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 50.509
19Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.040
20Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.135
21Isaac Vinales🇪🇸TPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.184
22Eric Granado🇧🇷MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.249
23Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.691
24Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.863
-Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 RNo Time

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