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Donington Park WorldSBK Superpole | Rea breaks lap record for pole, Bautista crash

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

Jonathan Rea has clinched his first pole position since Portimao in 2022 ahead of Round 6 for the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at Donington Park.

In a session hampered by various yellow flags as the riders chased their fastest laps, Rea found a gap between the issues around him to pump in a 1m 26.041secs effort.

Signalling a lap record effort for the Kawasaki Racing Team rider, the home favourite was just under a tenth faster than runaway championship leader Álvaro Bautista, who managed to haul his factory Aruba.it Ducati into second place before taking a tumble at Coppice moments later.


He wasn't the only Ducati rider to fall foul in the dry, but overcast conditions with both Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani falling at Goddards, which in turn spoiled several fast laps

This included one for Tom Sykes, who had to roll off and lose the four tenths in the final sector as he came up on Rinaldi, the ROKiT BMW rider - standing in for Michael van der Mark - denied the chance of potentially claiming a shock pole position.

Instead, the Danilo Petrucci completes the front row in his first Donington Park outing since 2009, while Toprak Razgatlioglu was another to be caught up in yellow flags - for him Bautista's crash - as he had to settle for fourth.

He will be joined on the second row by Alex Lowes in fifth and Dominique Aegerter in sixth, the Swiss rider popping up onto the second row late on.

That demoted Andrea Locatelli to seventh, while a frustrated Sykes had to make do with eighth having ceded a lap that would have likely placed him on the front row. Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff complete the top ten.

Elsewhere, Scott Redding will get underway from 12th on the grid, while Bradley Ray was another unfortunate victim of the yellow flags as he saw a top ten lap taken away, leaving him 16th.

2023 British WorldSBK | Donington Park | Superpole Results | Round 6 of 12
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 26.041
2Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 26.109
3Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 26.205
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 26.410
5Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 26.422
6Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 26.502
7Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 26.510
8Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 26.524
9Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 26.564
10Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 26.648
11Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 26.729
12Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 26.742
13Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 27.190
14Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 27.258
15Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 27.305
16Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 27.500
17Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 27.579
18Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 27.608
19Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.096
20Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.444
21Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.763
22Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 28.791
23Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.859
24Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RRNo Time

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