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Rea wins Tissot-Superpole at Imola

Tissot-Superpole Top 3

Imola (Italy), Saturday 10 May 2014 – Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) has taken Pole Position for tomorrow’s two 19 lap races after a thrilling Tissot-Superpole session kept the large crowd thoroughly entertained. This is the first Tissot-Superpole win for Rea this year, the third so far in his WSBK career and the 45th for Honda in the series.

In Superpole 1, Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) emerged as the fastest two riders and progressed into Superpole 2 with the ten riders that were automatically seeded after Free Practice.

The final 15 minute session, held in blisteringly hot conditions eventually saw Rea come out on top after several riders took their turn to head the standings. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) will line up alongside Rea with other factory Ducati rider Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and reigning Champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) completing the second row.

After progressing courtesy of being in the top two in Superpole 1, Canepa was the fastest EVO rider today, making it onto row 3 in 9th position after a solid performance this afternoon.

Times: 1. Rea (Honda) 1’46.289 average 167.182 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’46.554; 3. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’46.555; 4. Davies (Ducati) 1’46.678; 5. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’46.740; 6. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’46.767; 7. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’47.014; 8. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’47.715; 9. Canepa (Ducati) 1’48.240; 10. Haslam (Honda) 1’48.242; 11. Camier (BMW) 1’48.371; 12. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’48.196; 13. Goi (Ducati); 14. Salom (Kawasaki); 15. Elias(Aprilia); 16. Badovini (Bimota); 17. Scassa (Kawasaki); 18. Morais (Kawasaki); 19. Iddon (Bimota); 20. Fabrizio (Kawasaki).