Misano WSBK: Rea dominates Superpole from Cortese

Jonathan Rea took a dominant World Superbike pole at Misano by 0.355 seconds from Sandro Cortese, with championship leader Alvaro Bautista off the front row in fifth.

Misano WSBK: Rea dominates Superpole from Cortese

A flurry of fast laps at the end of the 25-minute session on qualifying tyres led to the pole position swapping hands four times, with Rea emerging on top with a final effort of 1m34.596s on the factory Kawasaki.

It was the sister KRT ZX-10RR of Leon Haslam who led Superpole initially before Rea took over with a 1m35.658s on his first race tyre run, which he improved by two tenths a few minutes later.

Rea's lap stood as the benchmark as the field began its last run in the session on the qualifying tyre, with GRT Yamaha's Cortese – who was just 0.063s behind Rea after his second race tyre run – deposing him first with a 1m35.356s.

The German rider's stint at the top was brief, however, with Yamaha counterpart Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha moving to pole with a 1m35.084s.

Tom Sykes, who has scored pole at Misano at the last seven events, then put his updated BMW top of the pile with a 1m34.976s on his final effort.

But a first BMW pole in WSBK in nine years would be denied by Rea, who blitzed the field with his concluding lap of 1m34.596s.

Cortese moved to second with a 1m34.951s on his following tour, edging Sykes back to third to complete the front row for this afternoon's first feature race.

Lowes heads the second row from Ducati's Bautista, who misses the front row for the first time in his debut WSBK season. Haslam will start sixth, after his best lap was cancelled late on.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi was seventh, heading Barni teammate and wildcard Michele Pirro by a tenth and a half, with Chaz Davies (Ducati) and Puccetti's Toprak Razgatlioglu completing the top 10.

Loris Baz, who topped the damp FP3 session on Saturday morning, crashed the Ten Kate Yamaha late on in qualifying, and was left in 16th on the grid as a result ahead of Eugene Laverty's stand-in at Go Eleven, Lorenzo Zanetti.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 11 1'34.596
2 Germany Sandro Cortese
Yamaha 9 1'34.951 0.355
3 United Kingdom Tom Sykes
BMW 9 1'34.976 0.380
4 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Yamaha 11 1'35.026 0.430
5 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Ducati 12 1'35.144 0.548
6 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Kawasaki 10 1'35.215 0.619
7 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 11 1'35.226 0.630
8 Italy Michele Pirro
Ducati 10 1'35.451 0.855
9 United Kingdom Chaz Davies
Ducati 11 1'35.600 1.004
10 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Kawasaki 9 1'35.610 1.014
11 Spain Jordi Torres
Kawasaki 11 1'35.697 1.101
12 Germany Markus Reiterberger
BMW 10 1'35.971 1.375
13 Italy Marco Melandri
Yamaha 10 1'36.145 1.549
14 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Kawasaki 8 1'36.214 1.618
15 Samuele Cavalieri
Ducati 11 1'36.226 1.630
16 France Loris Baz
Yamaha 6 1'36.538 1.942
17 Italy Lorenzo Zanetti
Ducati 10 1'36.634 2.038
18 Italy Alessandro Del Bianco
Honda 10 1'37.171 2.575
19 Japan Yuki Takahashi
Honda 11 1'37.280 2.684
20 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari
Honda 11 1'38.571 3.975
21 Switzerland Dominic Schmitter
Yamaha 6 1'38.979 4.383
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Series World Superbike
Event Misano
Sub-event SBK SP
Author Lewis Duncan