2021 Donington World Superbike Superpole Result: Could Be Worse, Could Be Raining

World Superbike Superpole was wet and cold, but the rain held off.

Leon Haslam opened the session with a 1'42.206 on his first flying lap, slower than Jonathan Rea's fastest time this morning. Rea replied on his second lap with a 1'41.550, with Alex Lowes half a second behind him as Haslam pitted in. 

Rea then set a 1'41.252, approaching his morning's time as Lowes and Tom Sykes swapped second and third places, again half a second off Rea's time. Rea then set a 1'40.451, quickest by over a second, and then a 1'40.101 as fourth-quickest Leon Haslam crashed out and lost fourth place to Garrett Gerloff. 

Jonathan Rea pitted in with three minutes left as other riders pitted out with fresh tyres. Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding languished in damp fifteenth and sixteenth places as the clock counted down. Michael van der Mark joined Gerloff and the five British riders in the top seven and the flag came out. 

Scott Redding pulled a fast lap out of the bag and slipped into sixth place, two places ahead of his teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

Jonathan Rea held on to pole position by over half a second from Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes. Alex Lowes, over a second off pole headed the second row, ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Scott Redding. In spite of a crash, and ending over two seconds off pole position, Leon Haslam took seventh place ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Chaz Davies. Two BMWs ended the session on the front row, with Garrett Gerloff's Yamaha eight places ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu's. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.101   256,7
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'40.626 0.525 254,9
3 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'40.763 0.662 257,3
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.351 1.250 259,2
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.393 1.292 256,1
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.067 1.966 251,9
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.206 2.105 253,7
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.587 2.486 258,6
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.630 2.529 259,8
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.658 2.557 247,9
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.683 2.582 255,5
12 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.801 2.700 253,1
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.840 2.739 254,3
14 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.212 3.111 249,0
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'43.345 3.244 253,7
16 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'43.625 3.524 244,5
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.630 4.529 249,0
18 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'44.703 4.602 256,7
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.568 6.467 250,7
20 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'46.660 6.559 245,0
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.775 6.674 247,3
Round Number: 
4
2021
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