2018 Motorland Aragon World Superbike Superpole Results: Dry Weather Abounds

Superpole one was on a dry track with Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Eugene Laverty's replacement Davide Giugliano the quickest of the slower men going into the session.

After one lap, Toprak Razgatlioglu was the quickest with a 1'51.883, a time that wouldn't have been enough to qualify for superpole two, but was over a second quicker than his best time yesterday.

Loris Baz and Vladimir Leonov pushed him down to third after another lap was banked, with everyone apart from Rinaldi pitting in, putting himself in fourth place before joining everyone else for the tea break. 

As everyone rolled out, with just over four minutes remaining, everyone should get two fast timed laps before the session ends.

Loris Baz defended his top spot in the word possible way, walking away from a crash on his out lap and ending his qualifying. Vladimir Leonov recorded a 1'51.294 with a well-timed slipstream down the back straight to take the top spot, with Jake Gagne sneaking into second place.

As the flag came out, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was first to cross the line with a 1'50.568, but nobody on track was on a pace to challenge the Ducati man. Rinaldi would be joined by Leonov in Superpole two while Baz's unfortunate crash would put him in nineteenth place on the grid for race one.

Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty are usually the first riders out for Superpole, but with Laverty recuperating until Donington, Rea set out alone. Rea set a 1'50.075, hitting 307kmh through the speed trap, over six tenths of a second quicker than second-quickest Michael van der Mark, before pitting in for an early cuppa and a qualifying tyre. Chaz Davies and Vladimir Leonov were the only other riders to put in after just one lap, both sitting at the bottom of the timing screens.

Chaz Davies, on his first fast lap with the qualifying tyre on, carried too much speed through turn two, sliding the front and crashing. He was sat in eleventh place ahead of only Leonov when he crashed. He was joined later by Lorenzo Savadori.

Jordi Torres briefly held the top spot until Rea recorded his first lap on the faster rubber, dragging Xavi Fores to second place behind him. Marco Melandri put in a faster lap, with only Tom Sykes in a position to unseat him, but in spite of being quickest in the first three sectors, the last sector is Ducati territory and Melandri held on to pole position.

The front row for race one will be Marco Melandri, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in front of Xavi Fores holding off the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark on the second row.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'49.543   309,5
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.574 0.031 306,8
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.644 0.101 301,7
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'49.667 0.124 308,6
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.853 0.310 306,8
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.863 0.320 309,5
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'50.055 0.512 303,4
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'50.197 0.654 305,9
9 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.607 1.064 305,9
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'50.809 1.266 305,9
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'51.065 1.522 306,8
12 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'53.033 3.490 293,5
13 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.609 1.041 306,8
14 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.632 1.064 305,9
15 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.718 1.150 301,7
16 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.777 1.209 304,2
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.832 1.264 307,7
18 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.845 1.277 300,8
19 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'51.867 1.299 295,9
20 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.961 1.393 304,2
21 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'53.349 2.781 295,9

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R IND   1'50.568
2 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.294 0.726 297,5
3 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.609 1.041 306,8
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.632 1.064 305,9
5 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.718 1.150 301,7
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.777 1.209 304,2
7 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.832 1.264 307,7
8 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.845 1.277 300,8
9 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'51.867 1.299 295,9
10 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.961 1.393 304,2
11 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'53.349 2.781 295,9

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'49.543   309,5
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.574 0.031 306,8
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.644 0.101 301,7
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'49.667 0.124 308,6
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.853 0.310 306,8
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.863 0.320 309,5
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'50.055 0.512 303,4
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'50.197 0.654 305,9
9 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.607 1.064 305,9
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'50.809 1.266 305,9
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'51.065 1.522 306,8
12 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'53.033 3.490 293,5
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