Qatar WSBK: Rea denies Hayden pole

Title favourite Jonathan Rea topped the final Superpole session of the World Superbike season in Qatar, beating Nicky Hayden at the very end of the session.

Rea led the first half of the session but he was quickly demoted by Jordi Torres during the final flyers.

Honda duo Michael van der Mark and Hayden both lowered the benchmark, the latter staying ahead until Rea set his best time of 1m56.356s.

Hayden and Chaz Davies will start from the front row, the duo separated by four hundredths.

Sylvain Guintoli took fourth as Tom Sykes, Rea's only remaining title rival, was fifth.

Guintoli's Yamaha teammate Alex Lowes was more than half a second adrift in sixth, followed by Xavi Fores and Lorenzo Savadori.

Van der Mark, who had dominated Superpole 1, ended up ninth, with Torres eventually settling for 10th.

Superpole 2 results

ClaDriverBikeTimeGap
1  Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 1'56.356  
2  Nicky Hayden  Honda 1'56.561 0.205
3  Chaz Davies  Ducati 1'56.602 0.246
4  Sylvain Guintoli  Yamaha 1'56.866 0.510
5  Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 1'56.935 0.579
6  Alex Lowes  Yamaha 1'57.014 0.658
7  Xavi Forés  Ducati 1'57.018 0.662
8  Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 1'57.094 0.738
9  Michael van der Mark  Honda 1'57.126 0.770
10  Jordi Torres  BMW 1'57.485 1.129
11  Davide Giugliano  Ducati 1'57.956 1.600
12  Leon Camier  MV Agusta 1'58.480 2.124

 

Superpole 1 results

ClaDriverBikeTimeGap
1  Michael van der Mark  Honda 1'57.550  
2  Davide Giugliano  Ducati 1'58.231 0.681
3  Raffaele De Rosa  BMW 1'58.289 0.739
4  Josh Brookes  BMW 1'58.437 0.887
5  Alex de Angelis  Aprilia 1'58.518 0.968
6  Leon Haslam  Kawasaki 1'58.622 1.072
7  Markus Reiterberger  BMW 1'58.633 1.083
8  Karel Abraham  BMW 1'58.934 1.384
9  Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 1'58.958 1.408
10  Saeed Al Sulaiti  Kawasaki 1'59.734 2.184
11  Luca Scassa  Ducati 1'59.792 2.242
12  Gianluca Vizziello  Kawasaki 1'59.968 2.418
13  Pawel Szkopek  Yamaha 2'00.876 3.326
14  Dominic Schmitter  Kawasaki 2'01.624 4.074
15  Peter Sebestyen  Yamaha 2'01.667 4.117

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Series World Superbike
Event Losail
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Article type Qualifying report