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WorldSBK Assen Qualifying Results | Rea on pole after Bautista penalty

Jonathan Rea will start round three of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship from pole position after benefiting from a grid penalty for series leader Alvaro Bautista at Assen.

The Spaniard - who holds a comfortable 37 point lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu in the overall standings after five wins from six races - looked to have secured only his third pole since the start of his dominant era in 2022 after stopping the clock at 1m 33.569secs.

However, stewards took a dim view of his slow wavering exit from the pit-lane, which forced Loris Baz to run out wide at Turn 1 just as he was starting his fast lap.


As a result, he was demoted three spots to fourth on the grid, promoting Rea onto his first pole position of the year.

After admitting to troubles on Friday, Toprak Razgatlioglu recovered from his lacklustre form to collect second on the grid as the best-placed Yamaha rider, heading off Alex Lowes, who moves up to the front row as a result of Bautista's penalty.Scott Redding pulled it out of the bag to secure fifth on the grid aboard the ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR as he makes the most of what appears to be a more competitive turn by the German manufacturer.

He gets away just ahead of Andrea Locatelli, who rounded out the second row in sixth place, while top independent rider was Dominique Aegerter, who shares a third row with fellow privateers Axel Bassani and Danilo Petrucci.

A podium winner in 2022, Iker Lecuona has it all do to repeat that from tenth as the highest-placed Honda rider, ahead of Remy Gardner and Xavi Vierge.

Elsewhere, displaced riders include home hope Michael van der Mark, who could only manage 15th, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi was a lowly 16th on the second of the factory Ducati bikes.

WorldSBK debutant Bradley Ray enjoyed a solid Superpole on the Motoxracing Yamaha, the reigning BSB Champion in 18th, ahead of Puccetti Kawasaki's Tom Sykes in 20th.

WorldSBK Qualifying Results - Assen

2023 WorldSBK | Assen, Netherlands | Race 1 Results | Rd. 3 of 12]
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 33.569
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 33.661
3Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 33.741
4Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 33.542 *
5Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 33.754
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 33.799
7Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 33.956
8Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 33.985
9Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.139
10Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.199
11Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 34.203
12Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.260
13Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.310
14Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.391
15Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.402
16Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.488
17Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.690
18Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 34.795
19Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 34.919
20Tom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.152
21Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.598
22Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.977
23Gabriele RuiuPORB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.043
24Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.078
25Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.480
* 3 place grid penalty for blocking Loris Baz

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