Aragon WSBK: Rea dominates Superpole race

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Aragon WSBK: Rea dominates Superpole race
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Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea closed in on Scott Redding’s championship lead with an easy win over the Ducati rider in the Aragon World Superbike Superpole race.

Rea was jumped off the line by Ten Kate Yamaha man Loris Baz, though a mistake for the Frenchman at the first corner allowed the reigning world champion to come through.

Immediately, Rea began to build up an advantage over Baz, whose pace quickly started to fade, with the Kawasaki close to a second clear by lap four.

Rea’s lead continued to climb over the next few laps, with it standing at over two seconds at half distance.

Baz came under attack from Redding on the Ducati on the fifth tour, with the reigning British Superbike champion using the power of the V4 R Panigale to blast past the Yamaha rider into Turn 1 at the start of lap six. 

But it was too late to do anything about Rea, who cruised to an unbeaten streak of Superpole race wins in 2020 by 2.6s. 

After Redding’s victory in Race 1 on Saturday put him back into the championship lead, Rea has cut the gap down to just one point ahead of this afternoon’s second feature contest.

Michael van der Mark scythed up the inside of Yamaha stablemate Baz into Turn 7 on lap seven, and though he was snapping at Redding’s heels in the early stages, the Dutchman was unable to close the gap.

Securing third, van der Mark completes the front row for Race 2, with Rea and Redding set to launch alongside him.

Alvaro Bautista carved through from seventh on the grid on the Honda to take his best result of the season in fourth, putting him a good position for a podium challenge this afternoon.

Bautista came through on Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes at the start of lap nine, with Race 1 podium finisher Chaz Davies getting by late on to complete the top five.

Lowes ended up sixth ahead of an under-the-weather Toprak Razgatlioglu on the works Yamaha, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi on the Go Eleven Ducati and Baz rounding out the top nine spots on the grid for Race 2. 

Tom Sykes recovered to 15th on the BMW after running off at Turn 8 on the opening lap.

The Briton bounced over the gravel trap and re-joined in the middle of Turn 9, with Leandro Mercado powerless to avoid him on the Motocorsa Ducati.

Mercado had to be taken to the medical centre for checks having been stretchered off track, while the incident has been placed under investigation. 

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 18'22.815  
2 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 18'25.450 2.635
3 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 18'26.856 4.041
4 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 18'28.375 5.560
5 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 18'28.791 5.976
6 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 18'29.047 6.232
7 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 18'29.909 7.094
8 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 18'30.404 7.589
9 76 France Loris Baz Yamaha 18'30.724 7.909
10 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 18'34.214 11.399
11 64 Italy Federico Caricasulo Yamaha 18'36.019 13.204
12 12 Spain Xavi Fores Kawasaki 18'37.245 14.430
13 31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 18'38.911 16.096
14 77 Chile Maximilian Scheib Kawasaki 18'39.081 16.266
15 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 18'40.773 17.958
16 50 Ireland Eugene Laverty BMW 18'46.389 23.574
17 33 Italy Marco Melandri Ducati 18'46.984 24.169
18 20 France Sylvain Barrier Ducati 18'48.961 26.146
19 40 Spain Roman Ramos Kawasaki 18'49.605 26.790
20 13 Japan Takumi Takahashi Honda 19'02.614 39.799
21 63 Italy Lorenzo Gabellini Honda 19'31.773 1'08.958
  23 France Christophe Ponsson Aprilia 19'21.967 59.152
  36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Ducati    
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Series World Superbike
Event Aragon
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Author Lewis Duncan