Jerez WSBK: Rea wins Superpole race from Redding

Lewis Duncan
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Kawasaki rider Rea was the long-time leader in Saturday’s first feature race, but was usurped late on by Redding and had to settle for second.

In a repeat of race one’s start, Rea got the jump on Redding into Turn 1, while Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu leaped from fifth to third on the inside of his teammate Michael van der Mark.

The Turkish rider’s assault continued into Turn 2, with Redding being demoted to third as Rea tried to immediately build up a gap in the 10-lap sprint race.

The Ulsterman did just that, his lead standing at just under nine tenths as he went onto his fifth tour, with Razgatlioglu 1.2s in arrears come the following tour.

Keeping it clean over the remaining laps, Rea eased across the line to claim his 90th win in WSBK and secure pole for this afternoon’s second feature race.

Razgatlioglu came under close attention from Redding in the latter stages, with the Ducati rider using the grunt of the V4 R to get the run on the Yamaha into the Turn 6 Pedrosa corner on lap seven.

As Redding pulled alongside Razgatlioglu, the Yamaha rider sat up as his R1 was struck by a technical issue.

The Turk was able to ride back to the pits, suggesting the problem wasn’t as serious as that which took teammate van der Mark out of Saturday’s race.

Redding took the chequered flag in second to eke out his points lead from six to nine points over Rea, while van der Mark made up for the disappointment of Saturday with third in the Superpole race – his first podium of the season.

Loris Baz didn’t factor in the podium battle on Sunday morning and was fourth on the Ten Kate Yamaha, with Ducati’s Chaz Davies completing the top five.

Tom Sykes got the BMW to the finish in sixth after Saturday’s mechanical woes, with Alex Lowes recovering from 14th on the grid to seventh ahead of rookie Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) and Honda’s Leon Haslam.

The top nine in the Superpole race will make up the top nine on the grid for this afternoon’s second feature race, with Razgatlioglu starting from 10th as the top qualifier from Saturday not to finish in the top nine. 

Jerez World Superbike, Superpole race results:

1

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki

10

2

45

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Scott Redding

Ducati

10

0.522

3

60

Netherlands
Netherlands

Michael van der Mark

Yamaha

10

2.701

4

76

France
France

Loris Baz

Yamaha

10

4.804

5

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Chaz Davies

Ducati

10

6.471

6

66

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Sykes

BMW

10

8.561

7

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lowes

Kawasaki

10

11.951

8

31

United States
United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha

10

14.122

9

91

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Leon Haslam

Honda

10

14.285

10

19

Spain
Spain

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

10

14.554

11

21

Italy
Italy

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

10

16.337

12

12

Spain
Spain

Xavi Fores

Kawasaki

10

17.268

13

50

Ireland
Ireland

Eugene Laverty

BMW

10

17.971

14

11

Germany
Germany

Sandro Cortese

Kawasaki

10

18.741

15

77

Chile
Chile

Maximilian Scheib

Kawasaki

10

18.786

16

64

Italy
Italy

Federico Caricasulo

Yamaha

10

19.902

17

36

Argentina
Argentina

Leandro Mercado

Ducati

10

20.031

18

33

Italy
Italy

Marco Melandri

Ducati

10

25.819

19

23

France
France

Christophe Ponsson

Aprilia

10

26.219

20

63

Italy
Italy

Lorenzo Gabellini

Honda

10

36.568

21

20

France
France

Sylvain Barrier

Ducati

10

36.574

22

13

Japan
Japan

Takumi Takahashi

Honda

10

36.892

54

Turkey
Turkey

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Yamaha

6

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