Most offers controversy but in Superpole it gives a show: throughout the qualifying session, the fight for pole was intense and confirmed the forces on the field. Once again on the front row we find the three contending for the title, but Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu made the difference, with the Kawasaki rider conquering the sixth Superpole out of six disputed, beating another record: with this result, Rea becomes the first driver in history to sign six consecutive poles.
By now the first box seems to be the prerogative of the reigning champion, but Toprak Razgatlioglu makes his life difficult until the end, remaining only 67 thousandths from his direct rival in the championship. The Yamaha rider is confirmed to be very fast and undermines the first place up to the checkered flag, only to have to bend to Rea’s 1’31 ”684. To close the front row we find a frustrated Scott Redding, who during the session was fighting with the first two, but has to be satisfied with the third position.
The Ducati rider, author of a great lap, was slowed down in the final by a yellow flag exposed due to the fall of Karel Hanika and was forced to stop behind the first two, who gave him four tenths of a second. In any case, Redding is the first of the Ducati riders and to see the other official Panigale V4R you have to scroll down to the eighth box, where we find Michael Ruben Rinaldi, eight and a half tenths off the top. The other Red from Borgo Panigale that closes the top 10 is that of Axel Bassani, tenth and third of the Ducati riders.
On the other hand, Yamaha smiles, which continues to show itself in good shape, even if in qualifying it brings ‘only’ three bikes to the top ten. Garrett Gerloff returns in front of Andrea Locatelli and the two will start side by side in the second row, in fifth and sixth position respectively. Ahead of them will be Tom Sykes, fourth with the BMW to open the second row. On the other hand, the two bikes of the Yart team remain more late, more effective in free practice: Marvin Fritz is 12th and precedes his teammate Karel Hanika, 12th with a crash in the final.
If BMW has a double-sided qualification, with Sykes fourth and Michael van de Mark only 17th, Honda smiles. Despite the difficulties, Leon Haslam is fighting for the top positions in the first qualifying phase and closes with the seventh time. He will start from the third row, next to Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alex Lowes, ninth. Alvaro Bautista loses the top 10 by 17 thousandths to start from the 11th box. Alessandro Delbianco, 14th, and Chaz Davies, who did not go beyond the 16th time, lagged behind.