Updated: See below
The track was colder for the World Superbike Superpole race, the track only 31ºC, as riders lined up to determine the grid positions for race two.
Jonathan Rea got the hole shot from pole position and led the Yamahas of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli with Alex Lowes slotting into fourth. Alex Lowes passed Andrea Locatelli into turn thirteen with a forceful push.
On lap two, Razgatlioglu passed Rea into turn five and set the fastest lap, a new lap record of 1'36.637, as the leading pair left Lowes and Locatelli behind. Leon Haslam, a further second behind, was leading Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding. Lap three, and Alex Lowes took the lap record off Razgatlioglu with a 1'36.488. Van der Mark and Redding passed Rinaldi as Jonathan Rea takes the lap record with a 1'36.474 on lap four of ten as he kept up with Razgatlioglu.
At half race distance, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea with Alex Lowes two seconds behind. Andrea Locatelli was in fourth place over a second off Lowes with Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding almost three seconds behind.
Lap six and both Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea lapped at record-setting pace as Scott Redding took fifth place from Michael van der Mark. Redding missed the apex into turn five as he braked after van der Mark, but he held his position. Rea nearly clipped razgatlioglu into turn five and lost almost half a second as he had to sit up to avoid taking the pair out.
After a few laps, Rea closed up with two laps to go and the leading pair were pushing hard, and they started the last lap with less than half a second between them. Rea was unable to pass at turn five but barged past into the Adelaide chicane, holding the lead until the Lycée complex when Razgatlioglu fought back and made a hard clean pass before the final chicane. Rea looked for a pathway back, but couldn't pass without using green paint.
Toprak Razgatlioglu won the Superpole race in a very close battle with Jonathan Rea, adding three points to his championship lead. Alex Lowes was in a convincing third place with Andrea Locatelli over a second off the podium. Scott Redding recovered from a poor grid position to finish in fifth place, a second-row start for race two between Locatelli and Michael van der Mark.
Update: After a complaint, Toprak Razgatlioglu was penalised one place for exceeding track limits on the last lap. Jonathan Rea is now classified as the race winner.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||0.352|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5.634|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1.361|
|5||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.741|
|6||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||8.471|
|7||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||9.867|
|8||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||10.240|
|9||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||11.677|
|10||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.358|
|11||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||12.331|
|12||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||12.583|
|13||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||12.854|
|14||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||21.949|
|15||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||22.670|
|16||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||25.982|
|17||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||26.442|
|18||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||27.556|
|19||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||30.374|
|20||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||33.876|
|RET||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1|