WorldSBK Estoril Superpole Results | Rea pips Razgatlioglu as Redding impresses

Jonathan Rea lands his first WorldSBK pole position of the season at Estoril by less than a tenth from Toprak Razgatlioglu as Scott Redding makes stride

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team

Jonathan Rea will start Round 3 of the 2022 WorldSBK Championship from pole position after getting the better of pre-Superpole favourite Toprak Razgatlioglu in Estoril.

After topping FP2 and FP3, Razgatlioglu was expected to extend his run of WorldSBK Superpoles to four events in a row around a Portuguese venue that has suited his Yamaha package in the past.

Instead, Rea was on hand to cause a small upset in ideal but oppressive warm and muggy weather conditions, twice setting a benchmark Razgatlioglu was unable to quite reach as he settled for second on the grid.

Perhaps of more note was championship leader Bautista qualifying a distant third on the Ducati Panigale V4 R, the Spaniard some six tenths shy of his title rivals ahead of a first race in which he will be protecting an 18 point lead.

Heading up the second row, Scott Redding produced arguably the feel-good story of the session with a much improved result on the BMW in fourth, the Briton only 0.022secs shy of getting on the front row.

Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi join him on the second row, nudging out Honda Iker Lecuona, who nonetheless gave a good account of himself once more with a run to seventh on the grid.

Alex Lowes was eighth best, while Eugene Laverty consolidated Redding’s efforts on the Bonovo BMW with a solid run to ninth, while Lucas Mahias popped into the top ten for Puccetti Kawasaki in tenth.

2022 WorldSBK Championship | Estoril, Portugal | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS 

2022 WorldSBK Championship | Estoril, Portugal | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 3 / 12
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.346
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata YamahaYamaha R11m 35.437
3Alvaro BautistaESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.963
4Scott ReddingGBRBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.979
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata YamahaYamaha R11m 36.198
6Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.236
7Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.433
8Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.538
9Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.659
10Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.674
11Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.747
12Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.755
13Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11m 36.980
14Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.015
15Luca BernardiSMRBarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.105
16Marvin FritzGERMotoxracing TeamYamaha R11m 37.124
17Xavi ForesESPTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.521
18Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor SportYamaha R11m 37.775
19Leandro MercadoARGMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.867
20Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.065
21Isaac VinalesESPTPR Pedercini RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.436
22Oliver KonigCZEOrelac VerdNaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.709
DNSMichael van der MarkNEDBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR 
DNSGarrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R1