Magny-Cours WSBK: Rea breaks records on the way to pole

Rea was on fire and uncatchable in Superpole
Rea was on fire and uncatchable in Superpole Picture: Paul Sturman

Superpole three

Jonathan Rea 1’37.460

Eugene Laverty 1’37.600

Carlos Checa 1’37.932

Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea has broken the Magny-Cours Superbike circuit record on his way to the World Superbike pole position at the French track this afternoon but had to fend off a charge by Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty who was also under Cal Crutchlow’s 2010 time.

Laverty was first to set a fast time with his 1’37.600 but Rea bettered it by 0.110 while Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier pulled a Superpole performance out of nowhere to take third, only to be deposed by world champion-elect Carlos Checa right at the end of the session.

Liberty Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli is at the head of row two at his home race while Tom Sykes’ PBM Kawasaki is right next to him. Leon Haslam put his works BMW in seventh and is one place ahead of Marco Melandri on the second factory YZF-R1.

Superpole two

Tom Sykes 1’37.650

Sylvain Guintoli 1’37.708

Leon Haslam 1’37.769

Sykes’ sole flying lap was fast enough to break Crutchlow’s circuit lap record and he was sitting at the head of a British top five until Frenchman Guintoli saw fit to go second fastest with his final circulation, punting Haslam down to third.

Checa was the man in trouble, sitting in eighth place as he crossed the line for his last lap but his luck ran with him as the four riders who were able to push him into the relegation zone were all in the pits at the time, so had no bearing on the Spaniard’s progress.


Noriyuki Haga

Joan Lascorz

Maxine Berger

Troy Corser

Superpole one

Carlos Checa 1’37.780

Sylvain Guintoli 1’37.818

Tom Sykes 1’38.020

Checa rescued himself from 13th place with the fastest lap of the weekend so far to park himself at the top of the timesheet with seconds to spare, knocking a resurgent Camier into fourth place but the former BSB man set a 1’38.075 on a race tyre, saving stickies for the remaining sessions.

Guintoli was another man in trouble with only a few minutes left but did the same as fellow Ducati man Checa. Current series runner-up Melandri looked certain to be eliminated until he pulled a last sector out of the bag to go 11th fastest. Haga found some pace after his spill in the final free practice session to finish sixth while Corser was also a late qualifier.


Jakub Smrz

Michel Fabrizio

Mark Aitchison

Ayrton Badovini

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