2021 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Tyre Choices, Please

After a damp warmup this morning, the race was declared a wet race. Ten laps of the longest circuit on the calendar would determine the grid positions for the full length race this afternoon. Tyre selection was being made on the grid between wet and intermediate tyres. 

Scott Redding took the hole shot but went wide, but he retook the lead out of turn two. After tentative shuffling, Rea and Redding swapped around enough to let Alex Lowes pass the pair. After a lap, Redding had the lead as the Kawasakis fought for second place, with Rea in front. 

Scott Redding overcooked turn two, letting Jonathan Rea close the gap. Redding on the wet tyre had different lines to the Kawasakis on intermediate tyres. Alex Lowes passed Redding as Rea set the fastest lap. 

In fourth place, Chaz Davies, also on intermediate tyres, broke free of the battle with Tom Sykes and Garrett Gerloff and closed up to Redding, passing him on lap three. Gerloff passed Redding and was the second-quickest rider on the track. 

A couple of seconds behind Scott Redding, Toprak Razgatlioglu held off Alvaro Bautista and Michael van der Mark, in a close fight. Nearer the front, Gerloff caught Davies and started making attempts to pass him, passing him into the last corners on a tighter line than looked possible under Davies. Lap four, Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap again, with the first 1'58 lap of the race.

Michael van der Mark, gambling on an SCX rear tyre, passed Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding to take fifth place nearly six seconds behind Chaz Davies. 

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea had a five second lead over his teammate Alex Lowes who was a second and a half ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Chaz Davies with Michael van der Mark five seconds further back. Van der Mark set the fastest lap as Scott Redding dropped back when Toprak Razgatlioglu pushed him wide and was followed by Alvaro Bautista. 

Lap seven and Garrett Gerloff set the fastest lap under a second behind Alex Lowes, but van der Mark then beat it a few seconds later, his tyre choice paying off albeit a little late late. Garrett Gerloff took the fastest lap back with two laps left.

At the start of the last lap, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes set fastest laps only for Michael van der Mark to beat the pair of them, over a second faster than fourth-placed Chaz Davies ahead of him, but nearly three seconds behind him.

Jonathan Rea took the win and pole position for the last race of the weekend, with his teammate Alex Lowes second again, ahead of a delighted Garrett Gerloff whose last-minute change to intermediate tyres after the sighting lap paid off. Chaz Davies headed the second row alongside Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Alvaro Bautista captained the third row with a visibly frustrated Scott Redding regretting his tyre choice in eighth-place. Yamaha's Kohta Nozane rounded out the top nine.

Jonathan Rea holds an eight point lead in the championship over Alex Lowes and seventeen points more than Toprak Razgatlioglu. Chaz Davies is the top independent rider and top Ducati, two points ahead of fifth-placed Scott Redding.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.506
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 5.051
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.908
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 10.175
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 19.167
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 29.565
8 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 33.361
9 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 33.675
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 34.771
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 36.451
12 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 38.709
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 41.188
14 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 51.975
15 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 52.644
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 52.912
17 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'07.329
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'15.604
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'16.459
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'17.105
RET 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 3 Laps
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 7 Laps
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8 Laps
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2021
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