Scott Redding doubled up on victories with a stunning win at the Circuito de Navarra with thrilling battles throughout the Superpole Race
Elbows were well and truly out in the Tissot Superpole Race at the Pirelli Navarra Round as the lead MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship trio were engaged in battle throughout the 10-lap encounter that was won by Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) as he made it back-to-back victories at the Circuito de Navarra and his tenth WorldSBK career; and also the first time he has claimed three victories on the bounce in his career following on from his Race 2 victory at Most.
THE TOP THREE
Once again, it was Redding who got the jump on Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) as the lights went out while Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) made up ground from eighth on the grid to run in second on the opening lap. The Championship leading trio battled it out through the opening laps of the ten-lap battle with all three taking turns to lead the race; Razgatlioglu able to take advantage of Redding and Rea battling to move back into second before making a move on Rea at Turn 1 to take the lead. The trio continued to battle it out before Redding was able to pull away from Rea, who re-passed Razgatlioglu, and the Turkish star as they shared the podium for the seventh time this season. Redding will therefore lead the field away for Sunday afternoon’s Race 2, ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu on the front row.
STARTING RACE 2 FROM THE SECOND ROW
Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) claimed fourth place for the fourth consecutive race and will lead the second row away from the lights in Race 2, with Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in fifth. Lowes was able to pass Locatelli throughout the 10-lap encounter, but Locatelli responded to claim fourth. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) will complete the second row after sixth place in the Superpole Race.
COMPLETING THE TOP NINE
British rider Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) will head the third row from seventh place as his strong weekend at Navarra continues, with Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) completing the third row. Dutchman van der Mark and American Gerloff were also battling it out for eighth place with the BMW rider able to hold on for eighth.
The top nine following the Tissot Superpole Race, full results here:
1 Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
2. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.631s
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +3.040s
4. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +3.845s
5. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +4.501s
6. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +6.302s
7. Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) +7.203s
8. Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +10.054s
9. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +10.620s
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