WorldSBK San Juan Villicum SPole Results | Razgatlioglu pole, rivals alongside

Toprak Razgatlioglu carries free practice form at San Juan Villicum through to Superpole by dominating qualifying; Rea, Bautista join him on front row

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Pata Yamaha

Toprak Razgatlioglu has taken pole position for Round 10 of the 2022 WorldSBK Championship at San Juan Villicum, with title rivals Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista joining him on the front row of the grid.

The defending champion comes into the first of three flyaways to conclude the 2022 WorldSBK season needing a strong weekend after only being able to reduce Alvaro Bautista’s sizeable 56 point advantage last time out at Portimao.

Indeed, with only three rounds and nine races remaining this year, Ducati rider Bautista is in the driving seat to win his maiden WorldSBK title though the Spaniard has been on the back foot relative to Razgatlioglu in Argentina so far this weekend.

Quickest in all three free practice sessions leading up to Superpole, though Razgatlioglu left it late to set his fastest time - and was fortunate to be ahead of a crash for Loris Baz just behind him that brought out the yellow flags late on - his effort of 1m 36.216secs was a comfortable two tenths up on the opposition.

Leading the chase was Kawasaki’s Rea, the Ulsterman still in with a shout of the title but needing a minor miracle this weekend having slipped 82 points adrift of Bautista up top.

Bautista, meanwhile, gets underway from the front row, where he will likely remain a threat given his strength in race conditions despite being almost half a second slower over a quick lap.

Heading up the second row will be Iker Lecuona, the Honda rider powering up the leaderboard to nip ahead of top BMW rider Scott Redding, the Briton ensuring all five manufacturers are represented in the leading five positions.

Despite his fall, a strong early effort from Baz allowed him to complete the second row in sixth place, ahead of Axel Bassani and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, while Xavi Vierge completed the third row from Andrea Locatelli, the Pata Yamaha rider rounding out the top ten.

The first WorldSBK race from San Juan Villicum kicks off at 19:00GMT

2022 WorldSBK Championship | San Juan Villicum, Argentina | Superpole Qualifying Results

2022 WorldSBK Championship | San Juan Villicum, Argentina | Superpole Qualifying Results | Round 10 / 12
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata YamahaYamaha R11m 36.216
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.449
3Alvaro BautistaESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.671
4Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.953
5Scott ReddingGBRBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.974
6Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.027
7Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.031
8Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.066
9Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.122
10Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.159
11Andrea LocatelliITAPata YamahaYamaha R11m 37.347
12Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11m 37.399
13Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.634
14Michael van der MarkNEDBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.770
15Xavi ForesESPBarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.908
16Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11m 38.108
17Philipp OettlESPTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.149
18Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 38.153
19Leandro MercadoARGMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.184
20Oliver KonigCZEOrelac VerdNaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.683
21Max ScheibCHIMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.225
22Marco SolorzaARGTPR Pedercini RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.750