WSB: Rea takes wet pole despite crash

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Champion elect Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was just one of many riders to fall in the Superpole competition thanks to a slick wet track surface.

He got back on to score a superb Superpole win, his fifth of the year, with his injured but impressive Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) third quickest, despite his recently damaged left hand.

A late surprise saw Argentinean rider Leandro Mercado (IodaRacing Team Aprilia) jump up to second fastest.

The second row lines up for race one with Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) fourth, followed by Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and stand-in rider for this round, Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) sixth.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) was a faller but starts from seventh, with Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) eighth and double faller Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) ninth.


Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) finished tenth, Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) 11th and the last place in SP2 went to another crasher Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati).

Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was 18th after Superpole 1 and Anthony West (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) 14th, despite a fall in the tricky went conditions.

Race one is scheduled for 13.00 local time today, Saturday 30th September.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing