2019 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Result: A Cold Wind And A Wasted Tyre

The conditions for World Superbike Superpole carried on from the morning's free practice, with a temperature of 14ºC carried by a harsh wind.

After one lap, Alvaro Bautista was ahead of Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty, still carrying a two tenths advantage in the last sector. After Bautista set the first 1'49 of the session, Laverty and Tom Sykes joined him first. Sykes, the arch-qualifier, has a 15kmh deficit down the back straight and is the quickest rider on the track until he hits the long back straight. 

With fourteen minutes remaining, riders started to pit in and fit the qualifying tyre. Jonathan Rea headed out with just over ten minutes left having not fitted his allocated qualifying tyre. With an empty track, he was quickest at the third split, and dropped back into the pits.

Eugene Laverty was the first out on a qualifying tyre, and he propelled himself to second place. His second lap on the qualifying tyre was quickest in the first three sectors, but he lost out down the straight, 8kmh slower on the GoEleven Ducati than Bautista on the factory Panigale. Marco Melandri crashed out before he was able to set a lap time, crashing out on a cold tyre at turn two.

Alvaro Bautista slapped down a 1'49.049, using the qualifying tyre to slice two thirds of a second off his time. Sandro Cortese and Tom Sykes, in spite of missing the apex on the last turn, rounded out the front row as the top nine riders all set 1'49 laps. Jonathan Rea was tenth quickest.

Alex Lowes headed the Ducatis of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Eugene Laverty ahead of Markus Reiterberger, Chaz Davies and the quickest Kawasaki, Jordi Torres.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.049   319,5
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.414 0.365 308,6
3 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'49.557 0.508 305,9
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.563 0.514 314,0
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.689 0.640 315,8
6 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.722 0.673 312,1
7 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'49.779 0.730 307,7
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.970 0.921 318,6
9 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.984 0.935 307,7
10 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.013 0.964 310,3
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.264 1.215 314,9
12 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.383 1.334 314,9
13 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.560 1.511 309,5
14 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.812 1.763 307,7
15 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.822 1.773 305,9
16 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.985 1.936 312,1
17 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.716 3.667 309,5
18 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.769 3.720 295,9
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