Rea beats Haslam to pole in Thailand

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 21 Mar 2015

Rea took his second pole of the season

Jonathan Rea has taken his second pole position of the season at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand ahead of joint-championship leader Leon Haslam and Suzuki’s Alex Lowes.

Leandro Mercado and Michael van der Mark topped Superpole 1 to move through to the 12-minute shoot-out for pole position. Sylvain Barrier had looked set to nudge reigning Supersport champion van der Mark out but a huge moment in the last sector saw him lose significant time. 

Jonathan Rea took an early lead on the Kawasaki ZX10-R ahead of Phillip Island rivals Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies.

Comeback King Troy Bayliss impressed with four minutes to go as he set the third fastest time, but moments later his teammate, Chaz Davies jumped to second place to knock the Aussie off the front row.

Lowes was fastest ahead of superpole

Sykes topped the table momentarily with three minutes to go before Aprilia’s Leon Haslam went just a tenth quicker. Fast laps for Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes shoved Sykes from the front row with the shoot out for pole looking to be between Haslam, Rea and Lowes.

Haslam looked to have taken it with a 1’33.393 until Rea crossed the line with 15 seconds of the session remaining to set a 1’33.382, clinching his second consecutive pole position. Lowes retained third with Tom Sykes leading the second row in fourth.

Jordi Torres took sixth on the second Aprilia RSV4 ahead of Ducati duo Chaz Davies and Troy Bayliss. Having only managed to sneak into the final superpole session, Michael van der Mark squeezed out World Champion Sylvain Guintoli with Leandro Mercado rounding out the top ten.

World Superbikes Thailand – Superpole

  1. J. REA – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’33.382
  2. L. HASLAM – Aprilia Racing Team – 1’33.393
  3. A. LOWES – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki – 1’33.738
  4. T. SYKES – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’33.841
  5. J. TORRES – Aprilia Racing Team – 1’34.080
  6. C. DAVIES – Ducati Racing – 1’34.084
  7. T. BAYLISS – Ducati Racing – 1’34.334
  8. M. VD MARK – PATA Honda – 1’34.514
  9. S. GUINTOLI – PATA Honda  - 1’34.562
  10. L. MERCADO – Barni Racing Ducati - 1’34.674 
  11. D. SALOM - Pedercini Kawasaki - 1'31.961
  12. M. BIAOCCO - Althea Ducati - 1'35.032
  13. S. BARRIER - BMW Motorrad Italia - SP1
  14. N. TEROL - Althea Ducati - SP1
  15. L. CAMIER - MV Agusta Reparto Corse - SP1
  16. R. RAMOS - Go Eleven Kawasaki - SP1
  17. N. CANEPA - Hero EBR - SP1 
  18. C. PONSSON - Grillini Kawasaki - SP1
  19. S. BARRAGAN - Grillini Kawasaki SP1