Assen WSBK: Rea on pole, Razgatlioglu second after crash

Jonathan Rea continued his unbeaten run of 2021 World Superbike pole positions by topping his fifth Superpole session at Assen, as points leader Toprak Razgatlioglu recovered to second after crashing.

Assen WSBK: Rea on pole, Razgatlioglu second after crash
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Kawasaki rider Rea was fastest during Friday practice and from the outset was the rider to beat in the 15-minute Superpole session, as he laid down an early benchmark of 1m34.286s.

The six-time world champion's position appeared even more secure as Yamaha pair Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff both crashed early in the session, while BMW man Tom Sykes suffered a technical issue.

As the session progressed Rea improved to a 1m33.842s to temporarily put himself almost eight tenths clear of the field.

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But having been able to recover to the pits after his crash at Turn 16, Razgatlioglu left the pitlane with just over two minutes remaining and had time for a single flying lap, which was good enough to put him second.

The Turkish rider was only 0.186s shy of Rea's pole time, pushing down FP3 pacesetter Scott Redding on the Ducati to third.

Behind Redding, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was fourth on the second of the works Ducatis, ahead of Alex Lowes' Kawasaki and Jonas Folger, who was surprisingly the best of the BMW riders in sixth, his best grid slot to date in WSBK.

Andrea Locatelli was second-best of the Yamaha contingent in seventh ahead of lead Honda man Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark's BMW and Alvaro Bautista's Honda.

Chaz Davies was a disappointing 13th on the GoEleven Ducati, qualifying behind fellow satellite V4 R users Tito Rabat (Barni) and Axel Bassani (Motocorsa).

Sykes made it out of the pits before the end of the session but ran out of time to start a flying lap, leaving him 20th on the grid ahead of the GRT Yamaha of Gerloff.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1'33.842  
2 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1'34.028 0.186
3 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'34.053 0.211
4 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1'34.067 0.225
5 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1'34.252 0.410
6 94 Germany Jonas Folger BMW 1'34.336 0.494
7 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1'34.375 0.533
8 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 1'34.467 0.625
9 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark BMW 1'34.786 0.944
10 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'34.791 0.949
11 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'34.944 1.102
12 47 Italy Axel Bassani Ducati 1'34.944 1.102
13 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 1'35.002 1.160
14 32 Spain Isaac Viñales Kawasaki 1'35.251 1.409
15 44 France Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 1'35.335 1.493
16 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Honda 1'35.558 1.716
17 9 Italy Andrea Mantovani Kawasaki 1'36.059 2.217
18 3 Japan Kohta Nozane Yamaha 1'36.076 2.234
19 84 Belgium Loris Cresson Kawasaki 1'37.156 3.314
  66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 11'54.377 10'20.535
  31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha    

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