Rea wins nail-biting Tissot Superpole race

2020 WorldSBK
Round One – Phillip Island
Tissot Superpole Race


Jonathan Rea scored the holeshot as the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at midday on Sunday but the KRT man was being chased hard by Toprak Razgatlioglu, Tom Sykes, Michael van der Mark and Loris Baz.

A disastrous start for Leon Haslam with the Honda man running on to the grass early on lap one after being punted by Chaz Davies, Haslam rejoined at the back of the field.  Caricasulo then went down at turn ten. A lap later Bautista went down at Siberia.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

It was on like Donkey Kong throughout lap two with Baz, van der Mark and Lowes clashing fairings and Scott Redding took advantage of their tussle to move up to fourth place and then slipped past Sykes down the chute next time around to move up to third place.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday vdMarkGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday vdMarkGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

Jonathan Rea ran very wide at turn four, Razgatlioglu was untidy on entry also which allowed Redding to slip through and as Rea recovered back on to the racing line he found Redding in the way and the two clashed quite heavily but both remained upright.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

Alex Lowes then moved past Loris Baz to move up to fourth place. Van der Mark and Tom Sykes continually clashed into each other as they tussled for position.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday RazgatliogluGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday RazgatliogluGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

Razgatlioglu got the better of Redding into turn one as they started lap six, the Ducati man back through before turn four as they chased race leader Jonathan Rea.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday RazgatliogluGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday RazgatliogluGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

Razgatlioglu took the race lead at turn four on the penultimate lap but Rea got him with a brave move at Hayshed. Redding thought about going around the outside of Razgatlioglu at Lukey Heights but thought better of it.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

Rea smoking Pirelli through turn three on the final lap, he touches again with the Turk at turn four and it was the Pata Yamaha man that emerged with the lead. Redding was close by in third, Lowes there in fourth.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Tissot Superpole race

The Turk leads through turn 10 but gets a little loose through 11 which opened the door for Rea to dive up the inside as they tipped into turn 12… The drag to the line….  Rea gets it by a gnat’s whisker over Razgatlioglu and Redding to close out what was a thrilling battle.

It was somewhat of an emotional victory for Jonathan Rea. The Northern Irishman sadly lost his much loved and very supportive grandmother overnight. Condolences to the Rea family for their loss.

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

WorldSBK Rnd R R Phillip Island WorldSBK Sunday ReaGB

Jonathan Rea


2020 WorldSBK
Round One – Phillip Island
Tissot Superpole Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap Speed
1 J.   Rea ZX-10RR / 318,6
2 T.   Razgatlioglu YZF R1 +0.067 325,3
3 S.  Redding V4 R +0.072 326,3
4 A.  Lowes ZX-10RR +0.205 329,3
5 M. Van Der Mark YZF R1 +1.088 324,3
6 T.   Sykes S1000 RR +1.631 324,3
7 L.   Baz YZF R1 +1.849 320,5
8 L.   Haslam CBR1000RR-R +7.145 327,3
9 M. Rinaldi V4 R +7.219 324,3
10 M. Scheib ZX-10RR +7.433 322,4
11 S.  Cortese ZX-10RR +9.678 314,0
12 X.  Fores ZX-10RR +10.744 317,6
13 C.  Davies V4 R +11.124 330,3
14 F.   Caricasulo YZF R1 +31.961 315,8
15 T.   Takahashi CBR1000RR-R +36.341 314,0
16 A.  Bautista CBR1000RR-R 3 Laps 329,3

Source: MCNews.com.au

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