WorldSBK Donington Park Qualifying | Rea splashes to pole, Razgatlioglu 13th

Jonathan Rea dominates for pole position on home soil at a wet Donington Park ahead of BMW duo Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team

Jonathan Rea has given himself a strong chance to extend his advantage in the 2021 WorldSBK Championship standings after splashing to a dominant pole position at a sodden Donington Park, while Toprak Razgatlioglu could only manage 13th on the grid.

With leaden skies and persistent rain replacing the sunshine of Friday’s action, Rea had already set his stall out in the torrential conditions of FP3, form he’d continue into Superpole as he led from almost start to finish.

Getting his best time down to a 1m 40.101secs - around 13secs slower than in the dry - Rea was a clear half second up on the opposition, led by BMW pairing Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes.

A similar result to that of the last qualifying session held in wet conditions at Magny-Cours last year when Eugene Laverty and Sykes ended up 1-2 on the grid, second on the grid is van der Mark’s best Superpole result since joining the German manufacturer at the start of the year.

Third on the grid gives Sykes a great chance to continue his fine form at Donington Park - where he is the lap record holder - after scoring his first BMW podium at the circuit in 2019.

Alex Lowes made it three British riders inside the top four with his run to fourth, ahead of practice pace setter Garrett Gerloff, the American nonetheless impressing in his first wet weather laps at Donington Park.

By contrast, it was a dismal start to the day for his Yamaha team-mate Razgatlioglu, who came into the weekend 20 points shy of leader Rea.  The Turk - who has struggled in wet conditions in the past - was again all at sea, leaving him a lowly 13th on the grid for the first two races of the weekend.

Scott Redding also faces some work to do from sixth on the grid, the Briton paying for his slip off in free practice, while Honda’s Leon Haslam might have qualified better than seventh but for a crash while he was trading fastest time with Rea midway through the session.

Ducati duo Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Chaz Davies get underway from eighth and ninth respectively, with Lucas Mahias again qualifying well to secure tenth on the grid.

Elsewhere, Luke Mossey put in a fine performance on his wildcard outing with Pedercini Kawasaki, placing the ZX-10RR 14th on the grid.

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Superpole Qualifying Results

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Superpole Qualifying Results | Round 4 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 40.101
2Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.626
3Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.763
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.351
5Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 41.393
6Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.067
7Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.206
8Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.587
9Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.630
10Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.658
11Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 42.683
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.801
13Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 42.840
14Luke MosseyGBRTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 43.212
15Eugene LavertyIRLRC Squadra CorseBMW M1000RR1m 43.345
16Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.625
17Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 44.630
18Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 44.703
19Christophe PonssonFRAAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 46.568
20Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 46.660
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 46.775
 Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1Withdrawn