2022 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Result: Depleted Grid And A New Lap Record

Fifteen minutes for World Superbike to determine the grid for this afternoon's race opened under a cloudy sky but rain had still not made an appearance. Garrett Gerloff joined Michael van der Mark in being ruled unfit for the remainder of the round after a crash in this morning's free practice session, suffering an injury to his left knee. Xavi Fires was pulled off Eurosport commentary duties and plonked on a Ducati to replace an injured Philipp Oettl.

Jonathan Rea opened the session with a 1'36.030 ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu before pitting in. Iker Lecuona and Andrea Locatelli were third and fourth quickest before the customary mid-session tea break. At the halfway mark, the track was empty as everyone had new tyres fitted. 

Axel Bassani was the first rider out on a second tyre, followed by Jonathan Rea who was immediately on pace to improve his lap time. Rea set a new lap record of 1'35.346 as Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding took second and third places with two and a half minutes left. 

Jonathan Rea pitted in and watched the clock tick down as he sat on a six tenths of a second lead over his title rivals. Toprak Razgatlioglu Joined the front row less than a tenth of a second off Rea's pole position lap, pushing Alvaro Bautista dow to third place on the grid.

With the championship leading trio on the front row, Scott Redding headed the second row with his best qualifying position on the BMW. Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi rounded out the second row ahead of Iker Lecuona, Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.346   314,0
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.437 0.091 314,0
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 1'35.963 0.617 321,4
4 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 1'35.979 0.633 317,6
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.198 0.852 314,0
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'36.236 0.890 318,6
7 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'36.433 1.087 316,7
8 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.538 1.192 318,6
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M1000RR 1'36.659 1.313 315,8
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.674 1.328 304,2
11 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'36.747 1.401 323,4
12 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1'36.755 1.409 310,3
13 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.980 1.634 308,6
14 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.015 1.669 310,3
15 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.105 1.759 315,8
16 17 M. FRITZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.124 1.778 307,7
17 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale V4R 1'37.521 2.175 307,7
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.775 2.429 305,9
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'37.867 2.521 310,3
20 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'38.065 2.719 309,5
21 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.436 3.090 305,9
22 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.709 3.363 305,1
Round Number: 
3
2022
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