2020 Catalunya World Superbike Superpole Result: Dry Track Prevails

World Superbike qualifying was twenty five minutes to set a fast lap on a track the series has never raced at and has had only one dry session this weekend. As this morning's weather dried up, slick tyres were fitted in anticipation of dry qualifying.

After one fast lap, Loris Baz set a 1'43.450 only to have Michael Ruben Rinaldi to steal the top spot with a 1'43.288. A lap later, Rinaldi knocked half a second off with a 1'42.744, joined by Toprak Razgatlioglu and Loris Baz continuing the Yamaha's form from Friday.

With fifteen minutes left, riders started to make their way back to their garages for a tea break and a new tyre, some abandoning quick laps. Jonas Folger, Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes had not set a lap time at the halfway mark while Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista had still not headed back for their fancy rubber. 

Garrett Gerloff and Jonathan Rea snuck out for a pre-qualifying tyre lap and Gerloff moved the goalposts with a 1'42.663, holding provisional pole position for over a minute until Michael Ruben Rinaldi posted a 1'42.525 as the garages filled with activity. With seven minutes remaining, only Jonas Folger had yet to set a lap time.

Leon Haslam was the first rider with the stickier rubber and he set a 1'42.421 as the target time for anyone wanting to within a chance of pole position. Scott Redding matched Haslam in the first half of the lap, but made up pace in the second half to set a 1'42.421 only to be beaten seconds later by a much quicker Alvaro Bautista's 1'41.757. 

After a disappointing couple of weekends at Aragon, Toprak Razgatlioglu regained his crown with a 1'41.713, but Jonathan Rea spent his qualifying grip to buy a 1'41.619 as the flag came out. 

Jonathan Rea headed the front row, alongside Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista. Tom Sykes was fourth quickest, with Michael van der Mark and Michael Ruben Rinaldi joining him on the second row, ahead of Scott Redding Alex Lowes and Loris Baz. Leon Haslam's opening SC0 lap was good enough for tenth pace while Jonas Folger's lack of qualifying lap left him adrift in twenty first place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.619   319,5
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.713 0.094 309,5
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'41.757 0.138 321,4
4 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'41.823 0.204 314,0
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.973 0.354 313,0
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.216 0.597 317,6
7 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.222 0.603 317,6
8 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.259 0.640 312,1
9 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.320 0.701 314,0
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'42.421 0.802 319,5
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.422 0.803 318,6
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'42.555 0.936 316,7
13 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.586 0.967 315,8
14 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.615 0.996 309,5
15 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.663 1.044 313,0
16 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'43.243 1.624 314,0
17 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'43.493 1.874 314,9
18 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'44.086 2.467 309,5
19 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'44.288 2.669 306,8
20 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.035 3.416 309,5
Round Number: 
6
2020
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