WorldSBK Portimao | Razgatlioglu edges Rea as Honda, BMW step up challenge

Toprak Razgatlioglu gets one over on Jonathan Rea with a dominant pole position at WorldSBK Portimao, ahead of surprise package Leon Haslam on Honda

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha WorldSBK

Toprak Razgatlioglu has scored pole position for the second consecutive WorldSBK round in Portimao as he maintained his edge over title rival Jonathan Rea ahead of a pivotal three races.

A week after landing a timely first Superpole of the year in Jerez, Razgatlioglu was again in fine form as he waited until the final seconds of the session to leapfrog Rea by a comfortable three tenths of a second.

The Turk heads into the first of this weekend’s trio of races now with a good opportunity to extend his 20 point advantage over the six-time World Championship winning Kawasaki rider.

Leon Haslam maintained his fine form from free practice to land his and Honda’s first front row start of the season in third place, with the Briton headlining a strong session all round for the HRC squad as Alvaro Bautista also scored his best of the year in sixth.

Between them will be the Ducati of Scott Redding in fourth place and Michael van der Mark, who gave BMW a boost with strong run to the second row in fifth.

Andrea Locatelli heads up row three in seventh, fending off Garrett Gerloff in eighth and Loris Baz in ninth, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi rounded out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Eugene Laverty was a faller en route to 13th, while Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes - who was second fastest in Friday free practice - has opted to sit out this weekend’s three races to focus on recovery from his hand injury.

2021 WorldSBK Portimao | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Portimao | Superpole Qualifying RESULTS | Round 11 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 40.219
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 40.524
3Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.780
4Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.874
5Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 40.973
6Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.012
7Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 41.146
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 41.288
9Loris BazFRATeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.384
10Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.405
11Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.593
12Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.599
13Eugene LavertyGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 41.871
14Isaac VinalesESPOrelac VerdNatura RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.909
15Samuele CavalieriESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.167
16Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 42.208
17Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.931
18Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 42.938
19Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 43.264
20Tito RabatESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 44.000
21Lachlan EpisAUSTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 44.755
22Gabriele RuiuITAB-Max Racing TeamBMW M1000RR1m 44.755
DNSAlex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR