2019 Jerez World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Back Of The Grid

The ten lap Tissot Superpole race determines starting places for race two. Loris Baz would start at the back of the grid, in the twentieth spot, as he couldn't get his bike on the grid for the sighting lap. 

Jonathan Rea started in nineteenth place after his penalty from yesterday's on-track altercation, gifting pole position to Alvaro Bautista. 

Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri both got good starts, ahead of Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes. Jonathan Rea started a slow climb through the grid, with his pace being slowed by the lack of easy passing opportunities at Jerez.

On the second lap, Bautista and Melandri both started escaping at the front as Michael van der Mark took fifth place from his teammate Alex Lowes. Bautista set the fastest lap and a lap later, Rea was in seventh place after passing both Jordi Torres and Toprak Razgatlioglu in turn thirteen. 

Bautista had over a second over Marco Melandri. Leon Haslam in third place, almost a second behind Melandri, didn't have it as easy as he was being hounded by Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes, all in the hunt for third place, until turn seven when Alex Lowes lost the front and crashed out. Van der Mark closed the gap quickly to keep the pressure on and on lap five, van der Mark passed Haslam for third place, building a gap from Haslam in fourth very quickly and charging down Melandri. 

On lap six, Jonathan Rea, having got past Tom Sykes into turn one, caught his teammate Leon Haslam by turn five and clawed past him into turn six at the end of the short back straight. Michael van der Mark caught Marco Melandri. 

On lap eight, van der Mark, visibly quicker than Melandri in front of him, used the back straight to get past into turn six. Tom Sykes worked his way up to fifth place, passing Leon Haslam to put himself a couple of seconds behind Jonathan Rea.

The last couple of laps were uneventful, with Bautista three seconds clear of van der Mark and Melandri and Rea over a second further back. The top three finishers race finished every flying lap of the race in the 1'39s.

Alvaro Bautista won his thirteenth race of the year, immediately putting an Angel Nieto "12 + 1" sticker on his bike for a quick photo op, with Michael van der Mark taking second place and Marco Melandri filling the last spot on the front row. Jonathan Rea heads the second row, ahead of his ex-teammate Tom Sykes and current teammate Leon Haslam. Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jordi Torres and Sandro Cortese make up the third row.

Bautista extends his lead in the championship by six points over Rea and van der Mark increases his lead over Alex Lowes, courtesy of Lowes's second DNF of the weekend. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 2.743
3 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 2.954
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.749
5 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 7.443
6 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7.710
7 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.565
8 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.937
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 12.243
10 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.958
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 15.062
12 46 T. BRIDEWELL Ducati Panigale V4 R 16.760
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.067
14 72 Y. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 19.496
15 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 19.791
16 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 27.469
17 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 27.770
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1  
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Jonathan got lots of practice passing people & every pass looked clean and decisive from where I was sitting.

The Yamahas are going well this weekend, a little down on top speed, 273km/h or so to compared to 280ish but maximum speed doesn't matter much here at Jerez.