Rea pips Baz in Aragon FP3, Bautista and HRC strong again

Saturday, 29 August 2020 07:35 GMT

The World Superbike class was once again out on track, making for a tantalising Tissot Superpole ahead…

The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship hit the MotorLand Aragon layout on Saturday morning for a 20-minute FP3 session ahead of Tissot Superpole. Leading the way after the early morning session, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) set the fastest lap of the weekend so far and that puts him in good contention for a first pole position at MotorLand Aragon.

Rea was constantly at the sharp end and set the best lap time in the closing stages, pipping Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), who was once again top Yamaha. The Frenchman will be hoping to convert his pace into a first front row start after Superpole since Donington Park in 2018. Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) was third and looks strong ahead of racing, whilst Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) was once again in contention. Completing the top five was Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), with three manufacturers inside the top five.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) was the top Ducati and just ahead of Leon Haslam (Team HRC), with both Hondas showing good. Fastest after the first day, Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) was only eighth, with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) finishing ninth. Completing the top ten was Italian rookie Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team), showing strong after his best result last time out at Portimao. Big names outside the top ten include Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in 11th, one place higher than Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team).

The frantic action from FP3 is the perfect set-up for the 25 minutes of Tissot Superpole at MotorLand Aragon. There’s been five different pole-sitters in the last five years – none of which have been taken by Championship leader Jonathan Rea. Last year, it was Alvaro Bautista’s Ducati that took pole and he’s been quick for Honda this weekend too. It’s completely open, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Top six after FP3, full results here!

1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’50.287

2.) Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) +0.189s

3.) Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +0.252s

4.) Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) +0.318s

5.) Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.365s

6.) Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) +0.410

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