WorldSBK Barcelona Superpole Results | Sykes ends Rea’s WorldSBK pole streak

BMW rider Tom Sykes ends Jonathan Rea's run of eighth consecutive WorldSBK pole positions in Barcelona for his 51st career Superpole success

Tom Sykes - BMW Motorrad
Tom Sykes - BMW Motorrad

Tom Sykes has taken pole position for Round 9 of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, ending Jonathan Rea’s perfect record stretching back to the start of the season.

The factory BMW rider - currently out of a ride for the 2022 WorldSBK season following the signing of Scott Redding - was the man to beat during both qualifying runs as he repelled the threat from title rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea.

Indeed, though Razgatlioglu looked on course to be the one to get the better of Rea at the Kawasaki Racing Team’s de facto home venue, Sykes’ final effort would see him secure his 51st career WorldSBK pole position, but his first since Phillip Island in February 2020.

Razgatlioglu got the edge on Rea for second on the grid as the two title titans prepare for the first of nine races to take place over the next three weeks.

Outside shot Scott Redding gets underway from fourth on the Ducati, ahead of Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli on their respective factory Kawasaki and Yamaha bikes in fifth and sixth. 

Leon Haslam was a late improver to lift his Honda CBR1000RR-R up to seventh around Team HRC’s local venue, seeing off Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff, the latter American with work to do to repeat his maiden podium exploits of 12 months ago.

2021 WorldSBK Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 9 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.408
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 40.694
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 40.921
4Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.978
5Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.086
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 41.129
7Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.253
8Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.275
9Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 41.320
10Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 41.405
11Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.632
12Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 41.744
13Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.791
14Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.801
15Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti KawasakiKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.808
16Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.055
17Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.215
18Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 42.257
19Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.446
20Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 42.460
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 43.841
22Lachlan EpisAUSTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 45.732

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