WSBK: Bautista on pole position for Race 1 in Assen

Alvaro Bautista takes third consecutive pole position as red flag end the qualifying early, leaving some of his opposition without a proper lap on qualifying tyre.

Championship leader Bautista set personal best lap time of 1:34.370 a minute before the end of qualifying session, sneaking ahead of home hero Michael Van der Mark, who led the majority of the session, but had to settle for second position in the end with the best lap time of 1:34.822. BMW rider Markus Reiterberger, who was well on the course to set the best lap time earlier in the session before making a mistake in the last chicane, had to settle for the last place on the front row with the best lap time of 1:34.828.

Behind top 3 it was Van der Mark’s Pata Yamaha team mate Alex Lowes who ended the qualifying in fourth position and will be joined on second row by KRT Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and second BMW of Tom Sykes.

On third row it will be Chaz Davies, who had to settle for seventh after being half a second slower than his Spanish team mate, with defending champion Jonathan Rea forced to settle for lowly eight position after being one of several rider being thwarted by red flag. Pedercini rider Jordi Torres was the last rider on the third row, finishing the qualifying in ninth position. Puccetti’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, who completed top 10, Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Leon Camier and GRT Yamaha’s Sandro Cortese will start from fourth row, with Cortese suffering heavy fall without any injuries during qualifying session.

GoEleven’s Eugene Laverty will start the race from P13 as he looks to build on Aragon positives and will be joined on fifth row by WorldSBK rookie Hector Barbera, who is standing in for injured Leandro Mercado at Orelac Kawasaki, and Althea MIE Honda rider Alessandro Delbianco. Sixth and last row of the grid will field second Moriwaki Althea rider Ryuichi Kiyonari, who was alongside Razgatlioglu responsible for early end of the session, Cortese’s team mate Marco Melandri and Barni Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who ended the qualifying in P18 and last.

Race 1 at Assen happens at 1pm uk time.

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