2019 Assen World Superbike Superpole Result: Red Flag Creates Surprises

World Superbike's single Superpole session took place on a cold Saturday with rain gently threatening, but not turning up.

After the first lap, local rider Michael van Der Mark set the target of 1'35.301, quicker than he'd been throughout free practice. A lap later, his teammate Alex Lowes set a 1'34.935, the first 1'34 of the weekend. In championship-defining results, Alvaro Bautista was second quickest while Jonathan Rea remained to set a lime, having nipped out and back in before completing a whole timed lap. Sandro Cortese crashed out while sitting in ninth place, ending his session and leaving him at the mercy of the qualifying tyre. 

After an early visit to the pits, riders headed back out and Michael van Der Mark put a 1'34.822 down on a regular tyre and headed back to the pits for the fast tyre. Jonathan Rea climbed up to sixth quickest, behind Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger. 

Leon Haslam was out on his own and set a fourth-placed 1'35.086 before heading back to the pits again. Just over five minutes left and everyone else was in the pits fitting the stickier rubber for a last chance dash. Four minutes left, riders started crawling out of their warm garages to see what they could do with their new tyres. 

Markus Reiterberger put himself in second place with a 1'34.828 but Alvaro Bautista pushed him down to third, taking the top spot with a 1'34.740 and … red flags came out.

Toprak Razgatlioglu destroyed his bike at turn fifteen, near Ryuichi Kiyonari's crash and brought the red flags out, ending the session before anyone could activate any special strategies. Alvaro Bautista led the first row ahead of Michael van Der Mark and Markus Reiterberger, with a second row of Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea shared the second row with Jordi Torres. Bautista acknowledged that he was lucky, with quicker riders not getting to spend their qualifying rubber, but fortune favours the bold.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'34.740   300,8
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.822 0.082 295,1
3 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'34.828 0.088 292,7
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.935 0.195 296,7
5 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.086 0.346 296,7
6 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'35.155 0.415 287,2
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'35.288 0.548 300,0
8 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.530 0.790 295,1
9 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.695 0.955 288,0
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.844 1.104 290,3
11 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.920 1.180 292,7
12 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.175 1.435 293,5
13 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'36.222 1.482 292,7
14 80 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.306 1.566 291,1
15 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.828 2.088 282,7
16 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.879 2.139 291,1
17 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.042 2.302 291,1
18 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'37.221 2.481 295,9
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If we ignore señor Alvaro Bautista the results are unusual. Jonathan Rea on the third row. Leon Haslam fastest Kawasaki. Markus R a third of a second faster than Tom Sykes. Marco Melandri slower than all the Hondas. Like the 500 revs made a difference.

Bring on the racing.