WorldSBK Aragon SP Race Results: Rea back on top in Spain

Jonathan Rea regains some initiative with a fourth WorldSBK Superpole Race win from four in Aragon but Scott Redding retains series lead by two points

Start of the WorldSBK race at Aragon - Field, Group

Jonathan Rea has closed the gap back up to Scott Redding in the 2020 WorldSBK Championship standings with a convincing sixth victory of the season in the Superpole Race at Motorland Aragon.

The Kawasaki rider was beaten to victory by his title rival Redding in the full length Race 1, in so doing ceding his championship lead, but a fourth success of the year in the 10-lap sprint has shaved it back down to two points.

With Rea grabbing the lead through the first turns from a fast-starting Loris Baz, Redding’s failure to clear the Frenchman until lap five gave him no opportunity to get on terms with his rival.

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With the conclusion of this weekend’s event set to mark the half-way point in the season, the pair head into a crunch final race of the weekend barely separated and starting alongside one another on the grid.

Michael van der Mark gave Yamaha a welcome podium finish on what is a tough circuit for the Japanese manufacturer, while Alvaro Bautista landed Honda’s best WorldSBK result since Thailand 2018 with a confident ride up the order to fourth on the new CBR1000RR-R.

Race 1 podium winner Chaz Davies left it late to make his presence felt but took fifth at the line from Alex Lowes, with Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Loris Baz completing the points and the revised front three rows for Race 2.

Elsewhere, BMW’s thus far pointless weekend continued with some controversy after Tom Sykes’ wide moment on lap one saw him bounce back across the inside of the next turn into the path of the chasing pack. 

Collected by the unfortunate Leandro Mercado, Sykes stayed up but the Argentinian rider went down and has already been ruled out of Race 2 with a sprained ankle.

WorldSBK Aragon - Superpole Race Results

2020 Aragon WorldSBK, Motorland Aragon - Superpole Race Results
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR10 Laps
2Scott Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+2.635
3Michael van der MarkNEDPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+4.041
4Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+5.560
5Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+5.976
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+6.232
7Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+7.094
8Michael Ruben RinaldiITATeam GOELEVENDucati Panigale V4 R+7.589
9Loris BazFRATen Kate RacingYamaha YZF-R1+7.909
10Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+11.399
11Federico CaricasuloITAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+13.204
12Xavi ForesESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+14.430
13Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+16.096
14Maximilian ScheibCHIOrelac Racing VerdnaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR+16.266
15Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR+17.958
16Eugene LavertyIRLBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR+23.574
17Marco MelandriITABarni RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+24.169
18Sylvain BarrierFRABrixx PerformanceDucati Panigale V4 R+26.146
19Roman RamosESPOutdo Kawasaki TPRKawasaki ZX-10RR+26.790
20Takumi TakahashiJPNMIE Racing AltheaHonda CBR1000RR-R+39.799
21Lorenzo GabelliniITAMIE Racing AltheaHonda CBR1000RR-R+1m >
DNFChristophe PonssonFRANuova M2 RacingAprilia RSV4 1000 
DNFLeandro MercadoARGMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R