2014 Supebike World Honda Pata Racing – Rea takes pole position


Rea takes pole position in Italy


Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two fourth-round World Superbike championship races from pole position after setting the fastest time in today’s Superpole sessions at Imola in Italy.

The British rider powered his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP around the 4.936km Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in a time of 1m46.289s, almost three tenths of a second ahead of Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli and Davide Giugliano of Italy, who completes the front row.

It is Rea’s fourth career pole position, the last occasion being at Portimao in Portugal in 2011. He received his trophy today from 15-time world champion Giacomo Agostini and the 27-year-old is also confident of his race for tomorrow’s two 19-lap outings at Imola.

His Pata Honda team-mate, Leon Haslam, will start the races from tenth place on the grid after some problems in today’s practice sessions. The 30-year-old crashed early in Free Practice 4 after being one of the front runners in the morning session.

Haslam was unable to maximise the additional grip from Pirelli’s qualifying tyre in Superpole, but he is determined to mount two strong challenges in tomorrow’s two races, the first of which goes at 10.30am local time.


Jonathan Rea P1

Honestly, I didn’t really expect that! I knew we had really good pace and we were working towards the race tomorrow. But this pole position lark doesn’t really have my name on it so I’m really happy. The lap was really good but I just want to thank all the guys in my box who’ve been working incredibly hard. They’re making the CBR better and better and to do it in Pata’s back yard here in Italy is just great. I’m looking forward to two strong races tomorrow and hopefully we can get some good results then.

Leon Haslam P10

Yeah, it was a pretty rubbish afternoon. I felt we were making some good progress up until the second session today when I had a problem with the shifter on the outlap which caused a bit of a highside. I couldn’t quite get the gear and it threw me off and we lost the whole session. I had a familiar problem in Superpole with the extra grip from the qualifer and ended up going slower than I did on the race tyre. We’d made some good progress this weekend, but had a bad afternoon.


Pieter Breddels co-ordinator

Pole position for Jonathan, and his last one was a very long time ago! Well done to him and his team. There are four or five riders who can be fast in the race and will be battling it out tomorrow, but no-one is outstandingly strong and I think he is one of the contenders. After a good morning session Leon unfortunately had a crash in FP4. Luckily he wasn’t hurt but it put his progress on hold a bit. He had some problems with the qualifier too so we’ll have to see how he can do tomorrow.
Qualifying Results

1   Jonathan Rea 1m46.289s GBR HONDA Pata Honda
2   Sylvain Guintoli 1m46.554s FRA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
3   Davide Guigliano 1m46.555s ITA DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
4   Chaz Davies 1m46.678s GBR DUCATI Ducati Superbike Team
5   Marco Melandri 1m46.740s ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
6   Tom Sykes 1m46.767s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
7   Loris Baz 1m47.014s FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
8   Eugene Laverty 1m47.715s IRL SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
9   Niccolo Canepa 1m48.240s ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
10   Leon Haslam 1m48.242s GBR HONDA Pata Honda