WorldSBK Magny-Cours Superpole | Relentless Rea extends Superpole streak

Jonathan Rea maintains his perfect Superpole record this season with an eighth pole position from eight rounds at Magny-Cours, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team, WorldSBK, 2021, Assen

Jonathan Rea’s remarkable run of qualifying form during the 2021 WorldSBK Championship showed no signs of abating as he rattled off an eighth pole position from eight attempts at Magny-Cours.

Coming into the French weekend level on points with Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, Rea gave himself the best possible chance to put some distance between himself and his rival by maintaining his spectacular single lap record.

Popping to the top of the timesheets towards the end of the session, Rea was a tenth quicker than Razgatlioglu to ensure he remains the only rider to start from the top spot this season.

Still, he faces close competition from close championship rival Razgatlioglu, who returns to the scene of his maiden WorldSBK wins two years ago looking to have an easier time of it having achieved those successes from 14th on the grid.

Tom Sykes completes the front row, the BMW rider making a strong account of himself as he looks for a new ride next season, while Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli replicated the order of their Kawasaki and Yamaha counterparts in fourth and fifth.

Leon Haslam scored his best starting position of the season in sixth aboard the Honda, ahead of Ducati factory pair Michael Ruben RInaldi and Scott Redding, the third of the title contenders giving himself work to do in Race 1 and the Superpole Race.

Michael van der Mark completes row three, ahead of Lucas Mahias - who crashed late on - Chaz Davies and Garrett Gerloff on the privateer Go Eleven Ducati and GRT Yamaha.

2021 WorldSBK Magny-Cours, France | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 8 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 35.683
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 35.784
3Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 35.919
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 36.025
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 36.201
6Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.258
7Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.415
8Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.485
9Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 36.736
10Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti KawasakiKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 36.814
11Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.871
12Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 36.926
13Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.114
14Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.269
15Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.719
16Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 37.860
17Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.970
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 37.997
19Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 38.184
20Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.357
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.862