The United Kingdom is heading into an unprecedented heatwave next week, pushing this weekend's racing at Donington into unknown territory, with teams not having historical data of this track at the temperatures predicted today and tomorrow. This morning's Superpole opened with an air temperature of 19ºC and a track temperature of 34ºC, similar to yesterday's Free Practice 2, where Jonathan Rea was half a second quicker than the rest of the grid on this fast-flowing but occasionally bumpy track.
Jonathan Rea started his first flying lap with Scott Redding in tow as Loris Baz crashed into turn one behind him. Rea towed Redding over the line, with Rea setting a 1'26.687, just a twentieth of a second off Tom Sykes's outright lap record. A lap later, Rea improved his time to a 1'26.657, with Redding on his tail again, before heading into the pits for a tyre change. Alvaro Bautista was three tenths off Rea's lap with Toprak Razgatlioglu a further tenth behind.
After the break, Rea headed out early to avoid traffic, and Redding's garage being closer to the pit exit allowed the BMW rider to react to Rea's exit and latch onto the rear of Rea's Kawasaki again. Rea and Redding then proceeded to both smash past Sykes's record, with Redding using the new Kalex swingarm to confidently slide his BMW out of the Fogarty Esses, through the Melbourne Loop and around Goddards. Jonathan Rea posted a 1'26.230 but kept his speed up for another lap. Toprak Razgatlioglu slipped into second place briefly until Alex Lowes knocked him down a place, the pair pushing Redding to fourth place.
Jonathan Rea set a 1'26.080 on what was left of his qualifying tyre, securing another pole position ahead of Alex Lowes and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding headed the second row, alongside the Ducatis of Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Iker Lecuona, Garrett Gerloff and Andrea Locatelli made up the third row.
Kawasaki, Yamaha and BMW all had laps underneath the previous lap record whereas Ducati didn't, putting Rea in a very good position for this afternoon's race to claw back some points from Alvaro Bautista, especially with his teammate alongside him on the front row.
|1||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'26.080||270,5|
|2||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'26.353||0.273||271,1|
|3||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||1'26.506||0.426||272,5|
|4||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||1'26.514||0.434||271,8|
|5||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'26.736||0.656||277,4|
|6||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'27.011||0.931||274,6|
|7||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'27.038||0.958||271,1|
|8||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||1'27.100||1.020||267,8|
|9||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1'27.191||1.111||270,5|
|10||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'27.206||1.126||275,3|
|11||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'27.336||1.256||274,6|
|12||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'27.390||1.310||265,1|
|13||95||T. MACKENZIE||Yamaha YZF R1||1'27.670||1.590||265,1|
|14||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||1'27.711||1.631||270,5|
|15||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'27.806||1.726||265,1|
|16||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'27.861||1.781||275,3|
|17||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'27.929||1.849||266,4|
|18||37||I. MYKHALCHYK||BMW M1000RR||1'27.957||1.877||269,8|
|19||2||R. TAMBURINI||Yamaha YZF R1||1'28.025||1.945||267,8|
|20||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||1'28.048||1.968||266,4|
|21||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'28.141||2.061||266,4|
|22||10||P. HICKMAN||BMW M1000RR||1'28.378||2.298||266,4|
|23||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||1'28.617||2.537||264,5|
|24||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'28.935||2.855||265,1|
|25||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'29.011||2.931||267,8|
|26||29||L. BERNARDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'29.032||2.952||275,3|