The Ulsterman was back on top, with less than a second covering the top ten!

An entertaining 25-minute Tissot Superpole session for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) take a second pole of the season with a blistering lap, which became an all-time WorldSBK lap record at Jerez. The reigning quadruple WorldSBK Champion took his first pole at the Jerez circuit to take the fight to Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) who finished second and GRT Yamaha WorldSBK rider Marco Melandri.

Having achieved two wins at Imola, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was the first rider to dip under Marco Melandri’s lap record. The reigning four-time WorldSBK Champion set a 1’38.743 on race tyres before dropping his time to a 1’38.247, finishing on top, making for an intriguing Race 1. Alvaro Bautista was quick but consistently losing time in the final sector meant that he could only take second, 0.036s off. Marco Melandri was back to his best, as the Italian, who was on pole position at Jerez in 2017, took third place and top Yamaha honours. Could he be a threat for a win in Race 1?

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