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Jerez WorldSBK Superpole | Bautista pips Aegerter to pole as coronation awaits

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Alvaro Bautista gave himself the possible chance to wrap up the 2023 WorldSBK Championship title with two races in hand as he pipped Dominique Aegerter to pole position in Jerez.

Needing only two points from any one of the three races taking place in Spain this weekend, Bautista’s cause was aided further by Toprak Razgatlioglu only managing seventh best.

Indeed, the Spaniard was the familiar face at the front of an otherwise fairly unusual grid line-up with Aegerter carrying his strong form from free practice through to Superpole to qualify just a hundredth shy of pole position, the Swiss rider well placed to challenge for his first podium of the year.

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Having struggled for pace in free practice, the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea pulled it out of the bag when it mattered to secure third and fourth on the grid, while Remy Gardner consolidated GYTR GRT team-mate Aegerter’s strong result with his own fifth on the grid

Philipp Oettl - in his final appearance for Go Eleven Ducati - will start sixth, ahead of Razgatlioglu, who couldn’t join his Yamaha satellite stablemates in making an impression any higher than seventh. 

Scott Redding led the BMW challenge in eighth place, just ahead of fellow M 1000 RR rider Garrett Gerloff in ninth, while Andrea Locatelli rounded out the top ten.

2023 Spain WorldSBK | Jerez | Superpole Qualifying Results | Round 12 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.635
2Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 38.645
3Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.905
4Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.907
5Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 38.961
6Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.091
7Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 39.151
8Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.164
9Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.190
10Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 39.300
11Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.318
12Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.385
13Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.479
14Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.748
15Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.774
16Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.792
17Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.227
18Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.387
19Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 40.418
20Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.127
21Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.231
22Leandro Mercado🇦🇷Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.487
23Florian Alt🇩🇪Holzhauer RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.680
24Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.014

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