WorldSBK Jerez SP Qualifying Results | Razgatlioglu snatches first pole of 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu lands his first WorldSBK pole position of the season at Jerez, ahead of Kawasaki pair Alex Lowes and title rival Jonathan Rea

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha R1 WorldSBK 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu secured a timely first WorldSBK pole position of the season for Round 10 of the season in Jerez, ahead of what could prove a pivotal event in the fight for the 2021 WorldSBK title.

The Turk got the better of title rival Jonathan Rea in Superpole for the first time this season with a swift final effort in the closing stages of the session, spoiling what looked like ending with a Kawasaki 1-2.

Indeed, Alex Lowes appeared to be heading towards his first Superpole since 2018 - and first for ‘Team Green’ - with an impressive time that out-paced Jonathan Rea, despite riding with the injured wrist and hand he sustained in Barcelona last weekend.

However, he’d fall a mere 0.027s shy of the top spot as Razgatlioglu’s last gasp effort earned himself a small but welcome boost over Rea ahead of this afternoon’s opening race. 

Reflecting the small margins in the overall standings with just a single point splitting the pair in Razgatlioglu’s favour, third for Rea marks only the second time this season the Ulsterman has not started from pole position.

Outside title contender Scott Redding - who comes into the weekend facing down a 62 point deficit - gets underway from fourth position as the best of the Ducati riders, with team-mate Michael Ruben Rinaldi alongside him in fifth and Andrea Locatelli rounding out the second row.

Loris Baz did a fine job of reminding the paddock of his WorldSBK credentials by placing the Chaz Davies-vacated Go Eleven Ducati seventh on the grid for his first race back in the series after almost a year, followed by Honda pair Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista, while Garrett Gerloff rounded out the top ten.

Leandro Mercado was a standout of the session with his best qualifying result of the season in 11th on the satellite MIE Honda, but there was disappointment for BMW with Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty - deputising for the injured Tom Sykes this weekend - left with work to do from 13th and 15th on the grid.

2021 WorldSBK Jerez | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 10 / 13

2021 WorldSBK Jerez | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 10 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 38.512
2Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.539
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.614
4Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.661
5Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.860
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 39.056
7Loris BazFRATeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.322
8Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.423
9Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.609
10Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 39.747
11Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.023
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.061
13Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.092
14Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 40.121
15Eugene LavertyGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.206
16Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 40.273
17Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 40.367
18Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.433
19Marvin FritzGERiXS-YART YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 40.490
20Andrea MantovaniITAVince64 RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m, 40.795
21Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 41.030
22Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.255
23Lachlan EpisAUSTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.626