2020 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Result: Crashtastic

With the championship able to be decided today, World Superbike qualifying at Estoril, the shortest track of the year, also has lap records up for grabs after a 27-year absence. There would be five unrelated crashes in the first half of the session.

Scott Redding crashed out on the first lap of qualifying, dejectedly limping from the gravel, with a highside at turn six as Jonathan Rea set a 1'38.192 before also crashing out with a front end crash at turn four, nicking a green scooter from Florian Marino, Marino working as a spotter for Alex Lowes, to get back to the pits. Sylvain Barrier also crashed out, his bike spitting him off at the exit of the last turn, and he was taken to the medical centre.

A red flag came out and a restart was ordered.

Alex Lowes held the fastest time, a 1'37.417, before the red flags, but Jonas Folger took it from him immediately with a 1'37.175. Garrett Gerloff posted a 1'37.065 as Loris Baz crashed into turn nine and picked up his bike. Chaz Davies took the top spot from him with a 1'37.040 as Matteo Ferrari crashed at turn three. 

At the halfway mark, Scott Redding's bike was still being fixed up as Jonathan Rea's bike was chucked in the bin and replaced by the spare parts second bike. Everyone still with a bike pitted in for the mid-session tea break and the wrappers were taken off the yellow-labelled qualifying tyres.

Chaz Davies held the top spot briefly until Leon Haslam stole it with a 1'36.856, but it was Toprak Razgatlioglu who moved the benchmark seven tenths quicker with an astounding 1'36.154 with just under two minutes left.

Jonathan Rea did not get back out, with his early time putting him in fifteenth place. Redding got his rebuilt bike out for a test in the last minute, but he didn't record a complete lap time.

Toprak Razgatlioglu got his first World Superbike pole position, ahead of Leon Haslam and a late-charging Garrett Gerloff picking up his first front row. Chaz Davies led his 2021 replacement Michael Ruben Rinaldi on the second row with Michael van der Mark filling the last spot. Scott Redding, needing three victories this weekend to keep his mathematical chances of a title alive, will start race one from twenty third place at the back of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.154   286,1
2 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'36.856 0.702 270,0
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.865 0.711 270,7
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'36.891 0.737 277,5
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'36.911 0.757 264,2
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.947 0.793 271,3
7 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.028 0.874 274,0
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'37.042 0.888 270,7
9 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.129 0.975 267,4
10 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'37.159 1.005 270,7
11 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.175 1.021 271,3
12 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.307 1.153 276,1
13 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.481 1.327 265,4
14 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'37.984 1.830 271,3
15 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.192 2.038 262,9
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.367 2.213 270,7
17 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.375 2.221 258,0
18 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.379 2.225 255,6
19 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'38.581 2.427 276,8
21 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'39.346 3.192 251,5
22 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.967 4.813 271,3
Round Number: 
8
2020
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