WorldSBK Argentina SPole Results | Redding pole from Razgatlioglu, Rea 5th

Scott Redding gets among the title contenders with WorldSBK pole position in Argentina; Toprak Razgatlioglu starts alongside, Jonathan Rea only fifth

Scott Redding - Ducati WorldSBK

Scott Redding collected his first pole position of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship season after getting the better of Toprak Razgatlioglu in  Superpole for the penultimate round of the season in Argentina.

The Briton trailed championship leader Razgatlioglu in all three practice sessions around the San Juan Villicum circuit but got the better of the Turk when it mattered in Superpole to land his and Ducati’s first pole position of the season, plus his second in WorldSBK outright.

It puts him in the heart of the simmering WorldSBK title fight, a tussle that leaned further into Razgatlioglu’s favour with a front row starting slot on the Pata Yamaha, while Jonathan Rea - who has been on the back foot this weekend following a crash in FP2 - could only manage a third row spot in fifth place.

Scoring the best qualifying result of his rookie season, Axel Bassani was an impressive third quickest on the privateer Motocorsa Ducati, the Italian sharing the second row with top Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes.

Rea has Andrea Locatelli for company on row three, the Italian landing sixth fastest on the second of the factory Yamahas, ahead of Michael van der Mark on the best of the BMWs, Garrett Gerloff on the GRT Yamaha. Michael Ruben Rinaldi and top Honda rider Leon Haslam round out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Chaz Davies starts the Race 1 for what will be the penultimate event of his racing career from 13th place, ahead of local favourite Leandro Mercado in 14th, the home hero doing out-qualifying Alvaro Bautista on the factory Honda despite a crash at Turn 2 late on.

WorldSBK Argentina | San Juan Villicum | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Argentina | San Juan Villicum | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 12 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.617
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 37.800
3Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.836
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.034
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.092
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 38.221
7Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.298
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 38.337
9Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.342
10Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.456
11Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.506
12Eugene LavertyGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.517
13Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.592
14Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.669
15Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.860
16Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.902
17Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 39.328
18Tito RabatESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 39.516
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 40.972
20Marco SolorzaARGTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.915
21Luciano RibodinoARGTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.494