2019 Qatar World Superbike Superpole Result: Under A Floodlit Sky

World Superbike's floodlit Superpole started as the sun had set over Qatar and the temperature was less punishing. Chaz Davies was quickest in the free practice sessions. 

Jonathan Rea set the first quick lap, a 1'57.586, but Alex Lowes set a 1'57.285, the quickest lap after everyone completed their opening lap. A lap later, Lowes set a 1'57.217, over a quarter of a second quicker than second-quickest Jonathan Rea.

After two or three timed laps, the majority of the grid pitted in, Sandro Cortese sneaking in to second place before the tyre changes.

After the break, Jonathan Rea slapped down a 1'56.246 on the fancy rubber, almost a second clear of Alex Lowes's time on the normal rear tyre. With about four minutes left, everyone else started on timed laps as Rea pitted back in. 

Sandro Cortese got within three tenths of Rea, with Tom Sykes a few tenths behind him. Alex Lowes then knocked them down as he went second quickest. 

As the flag came out, everyone had spent their qualifying tyres and the session ended with Jonathan Rea ahead of Alex Lowes and Sandro Cortese with Tom Sykes heading the second row ahead of Loris Baz and Leon Haslam. Alvaro Bautista joined Marcus Reiterberger and Toprak Razgatlioglu on the third row.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.246   311,2
2 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.431 0.185 314,0
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'56.529 0.283 312,1
4 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'56.714 0.468 312,1
5 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.008 0.762 305,9
6 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.096 0.850 313,0
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'57.250 1.004 323,4
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'57.354 1.108 319,5
9 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'57.469 1.223 311,2
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.577 1.331 309,5
11 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.597 1.351 312,1
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'57.710 1.464 320,5
13 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.752 1.506 315,8
14 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.802 1.556 309,5
15 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'57.827 1.581 317,6
16 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'58.504 2.258 315,8
17 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.565 2.319 314,9
18 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.485 3.239 311,2
19 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.210 3.964 306,8
20 9 D. SCHMITTER Yamaha YZF R1 2'00.246 4.000 300,8
Round Number: 
13
2019
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