Sensational Jonathan Rea on pole position for the seventh time in a row
For Toprak Razgatlioglu as a devout Muslim, it must feel strange to compete in the middle of one of the most famous wine regions in Europe, if not the whole world. At each award ceremony, the Turk immediately flees from the podium before his competitors start with the champagne shower. For the Italian sponsor Prosecco, this is anything but a pleasant sight. The other riders don’t have such problems on the Circuito de Navarra, but there were many critical voices about the condition of the track in the Rioja area. It is not known whether the countless potholes have also got worse from the truck races held here since the pilots carried out their tests on site in the spring. In any case, there were numerous criticisms that all rider requests were completely ignored, and no improvements were made. You could see again in FP3 how uneven and bumpy the track was in many places. Andrea Locatelli was the fastest on Saturday morning, ahead of Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea with a new best time of 1’37.060.
WorldSBK Superpole with a frustrated Toprak
There had been no falls at all in the third free practice session. In contrast to the WSSP, the Superpole was also spared from crashes. The first record was set by Jonathan Rea and then Tom Sykes only narrowly failed because of his time. Two minutes before the end, Chaz Davies set a surprising scent note with the provisional best time of 1: 36.693. One after the other, however, Locatelli, Sykes, Redding and finally Rea were faster again. After taking the seventh pole position in a row, the Northern Irishman seems to be on the way to another new record. Together with Redding and Sykes, he will be able to start the race from the front row, which is definitely an advantage on this track, especially over Razgatlioglu. The Turk stumbled unexpectedly heavily in qualifying after he said on Friday that he felt very good with the Yamaha on this new course. Together with Alex Lowes and Garret Gerloff, Toprak has to make do with row three this time, which is very frustrating for currently the toughest opponent of the World Championship leader.
Result of the Superpole and start-up
The first interviews after Superpole
The second set of tires was better than the first. But basically I feel very consistent and now let’s see how the first race will turn out. In any case, the feeling with the Kawasaki was very good. With the extra grip in the morning, Tom Sykes was not equipped with the right setup, as he stated. But with the qualifier it was a great fit for him, as so often, and now he first wants to see how it turns out in the race. Scott Redding looked very satisfied and emphasized that it was important for him to be in the front row. Qualifying with the Ducati is never easy, and he was relieved that it worked so well with the second set of tires. Now, of course, he hopes to fight for victory in the afternoon.
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