2019 Jerez World Superbike Superpole Result: New Surface Makes For Quicker Laps

World Superbike Superpole qualifying was twenty five minutes of everyone out at once to get the best time they can. The new surface, coupled with a lack of overnight rain, ensured that Marco Melandri's qualifying record from 2017 was up for grabs.

After one lap, Alex Lowes knocked Sandro Cortese off the top spot with a 1'38.972 on normal race tyres, ahead of Jonathan Rea and the third Yamaha of Michael van der Mark fourth quickest. A lap later, Alvaro Bautista took second place as riders started to pit in for a tea break. 

Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea didn't pit in and instead improved their places with van der Mark improving to fourth quickest and Rea taking the top spot with a 1'38.743 on race rubber, the new surface allowing the qualifying lap record to be broken on normal tyres. 

Alex Lowes was the first out on the qualifying tyre and he set a target of 1'38.734 on an empty track, only nine thousandths quicker than Rea's best time on race rubber. After he crossed the line, everyone else pouted out of the pits and aimed at his time.

Jonathan Rea was a quarter of a second up on the first sector and maintained that advantage around the rest of the track and ended the lap quickest, half a second up, only to be joined by Alvaro Bautista and a surprising Marco Melandri on the front row. 

As the clock ran out, nobody was able to catch the top guys and the front row was decided. Jonathan Rea took pole position with a new record of 1'38.247, fending off Alvaro Bautista and the previous record holder Marco Melandri on the front row. Alex Lowes headed the second row ahead of Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes. 

As the fight between Rea and Bautista continues, the Yamahas are a real threat at Jerez.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.247   274,5
2 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.283 0.036 286,5
3 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.498 0.251 278,6
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.734 0.487 275,1
5 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.762 0.515 280,0
6 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'38.846 0.599 273,1
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.849 0.602 275,8
8 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.899 0.652 271,1
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.077 0.830 275,1
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'39.090 0.843 282,9
11 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.330 1.083 273,8
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'39.649 1.402 278,6
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.712 1.465 274,5
14 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'39.890 1.643 275,8
15 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.999 1.752 268,5
16 46 T. BRIDEWELL Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'40.376 2.129 275,8
17 72 Y. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.738 2.491 275,8
18 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.747 2.500 275,1
19 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.846 2.599 273,8
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