2021 Catalunya World Superbike Superpole Result: Long Straight, One Lap On A Q

World Superbike qualifying was fifteen minutes of cool weather, and some riders tried the two-stop strategy to use both their qualifying tyres. The Barcelona track is a one lap track on the qualifying tyres, with the long straight eating rubber.

Jonathan Rea headed out on a race tyre and didn't complete his first flying lap, returning to the pits instead of banking a lap time. Alex Lowes and Alvaro Bautista joined him on a two stop strategy, using the first lap as a settings check before fitting the fast tyres. Scott Redding held the top spot with a 1'41.404 until Toprak Razgatlioglu put their fast laps in, with Sykes setting a 1'40.963, reminding everyone how good he is on Saturdays. 

Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Alvaro Bautista headed out to an empty track and Rea put himself under two tenths off Sykes's fastest time for second place, beating the clock throughout most of the lap but dropping two tenths in the last sector. 

As the riders headed out for their last lap, Sykes led Rea, Razgatlioglu, Redding, Gerloff and Lowes. Three riders were on laps to beat Sykes, with Jonathan Rea then Toprak Razgatlioglu stealing the top spot as Sykes circulated on his own. 

Tom Sykes crossed the line to take pole position with a 1'40.408, knocking Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea to second and third place. Sykes broke Rea's run of consecutive pole positions with his fifty first pole position.

The second row was headed by Scott Redding, Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli, with Leon Haslam, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Michael van der Mark making up the third row. Garrett Gerloff missed out on the front three rows in tenth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'40.408   316,7
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.694 0.286 318,6
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.921 0.513 314,9
4 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'40.978 0.570 316,7
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.086 0.678 317,6
6 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.129 0.721 314,9
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'41.253 0.845 319,5
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'41.275 0.867 318,6
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'41.320 0.912 321,4
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.405 0.997 310,3
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'41.632 1.224 314,9
12 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.744 1.336 311,2
13 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'41.791 1.383 316,7
14 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'41.801 1.393 319,5
15 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.808 1.400 314,9
16 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.055 1.647 324,3
17 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.215 1.807 318,6
18 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'42.257 1.849 318,6
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.446 2.038 313,0
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.460 2.052 313,0
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.841 3.433 308,6
22 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.732 5.324 301,7
Round Number: 
9
2021
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