WorldSBK Qatar Superpole Race Results: Rea sprints clear for 16th win

WorldSBK Qatar Superpole Race Results and Report - Jonathan Rea secures his 16th win of the 2019 season to draw level with Alvaro Bautista on victories

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Jonathan Rea will go head-to-head with Alvaro Bautista for the title of ‘winningest’ rider of the 2019 WorldSBK season after securing his 16th win of the year in the WorldSBK Qatar race.

The Kawasaki Racing rider continued his dominance of the season’s latter half with another exemplary lights-to-flag success in the shorter Superpole Race, unusually held in dusky conditions at Losail.

The victory draws him level with Bautista in terms of victories this season and with Bautista working his way up to second position, the pair are well placed to dice it out in the final race of the 2019 WorldSBK season.

A better performance from Bautista, whose strong start from seventh allowed him to utilise his Ducati’s top speed advantage during the crucial early stages, he picked his way up to second place but finished two seconds down on Rea.

Alex Lowes held off a feisty Leon Haslam – the rider he replaces at Kawasaki next season – to go a long way to assuring himself third in the standings. The Briton holds a ten-point advantage over Michael van der Mark with a maximum of 25 available from race two.

After his charging ride in race one, Chaz Davies could only climb from 12th to fifth this time but is smartly placed for race two now, while van der Mark got the better of Yamaha counterpart Loris Baz in their fight for sixth, the pair followed by another R1 rider in Sandro Cortese.

Eugene Laverty secured ninth and therefore a spot on the front three rows for race two, holding off Marco Melandri, Leandro Mercado and Tom Sykes, the BMW rider plummeting from a starting position of fourth.

Elsewhere, Toprak Razgatlioglu’s hopes of finishing third overall were all but ruined by a technical issue before the start, the Turk now 24 points behind Lowes and starting last in race two.

WorldSBK Qatar Superpole Race Results

Qatar WorldSBK, Losail - Superpole Race Results
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR10 Laps
2Alvaro Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+2.027
3Alex LowesGBRPata YamahaYamaha YZF R1+5.143
4Leon HaslamGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR+5.303
5Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+6.615
6Michael van der MarkNEDPata YamahaYamaha YZF R1+9,744
7Loris BazFRATen Kate SBK YamahaYamaha YZF R1+9.804
8Sandro CorteseGERGRT YamahaYamaha YZF R1+10.223
9Eugene LavertyIRLTeam Goeleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+15.236
10Marco MelandriITAGRT YamahaYamaha YZF R1+15.770
11Leandro MercadoARGOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+17.557
12Tom SykesGBRBMW WorldSBK TeamBMW S1000RR+18.981
13Leon CamierGBRMoriwaki Althea HondaHonda CBR1000RR+19.933
14Jordi TorresESPTeam Pedercini Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+20.060
15Markus ReiterbergerGERBMW WorldSBK TeamBMW S1000RR+21.805
16Ryuichi KiyonariJPNMoriwaki Althea HondaHonda CBR1000RR+29.456
17Dominic SchmitterAUTiXS Racing powered by YARTYamaha YZF R1+40.175
18Alessandro DelbiancoITAAlthea Mie Racing Team HondaHonda CBR1000RR+40.203
DNFMichael Ruben RinaldiITABarni Racing Team DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R7 Laps
DNFToprak RazgatliogluTURKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR0 Laps

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