Rea Ends Superpole Drought At Imola


Jonathan Rea claimed his first pole position since October 2011 and just the fourth of his World Superbike career after topping the times in Superpole at Imola. The Briton followed up his strong practice form with a blistering lap in SP2, giving him the perfect opportunity to pick up where he left off at Assen.

Rea’s 1:46.289 saw him beat Sylvain Guintoli and Davide Giugliano by a quarter of a second and the PATA Honda rider expects to be similarly competitive tomorrow.

“Honestly, I didn’t really expect that! I knew we had really good pace and we were working towards the race tomorrow. But this pole position lark doesn’t really have my name on it so I’m really happy. The lap was really good but I just want to thank all the guys in my box who’ve been working incredibly hard. They’re making the CBR better and better and to do it in Pata’s back yard here in Italy is just great. I’m looking forward to two strong races tomorrow and hopefully we can get some good results then.”

Guintoli and Giugliano will complete the front row with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri just behind their teammates in fourth and fifth respectively. Tom Sykes had a poor afternoon by his high standards in sixth with Loris Baz seventh on the second factory Kawasaki. Eugene Laverty starts ninth ahead of EVO class leader Niccolo Canepa with Leon Haslam tenth after failing to hit the same heights as his teammate.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 4 – IMOLA
TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:46.289
2  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:46.554
3  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:46.555
4  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:46.678
5  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:46.740
6  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:46.767
7  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:47.014
8  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:47.715
9  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:48.240
10  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:48.242
11  LEON CAMIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:48.371
12  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI NO TIME
ELIMINATED IN SUPERPOLE 1
13  IVAN GOI DUCATI BARNI RACING TEAM 1:48.632
14  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:48.743
15  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:48.882
16  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:48.909
17  LUCA SCASSA KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:49.732
18  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:49.781
19  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:49.997
20  MICHEL FABRIZIO KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:50.936
FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR SUPERPOLE 1
21  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA RC-YAKHNICH MOTORSPORT 1:50.741
22  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 1:50.781
23  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:50.959
24  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:51.048
25  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:52.325
26  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:52.763
27  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:52.831
28  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:53.555