WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu Takes Maiden Pole Position in Estoril

Published on October 17, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

Toprak has struggled in the past few rounds but has returned to his early-season form to take his first pole position of his World Superbike career.

Toprak has been inside the top two all weekend and with Scott Redding starting at the back of the grid, can he take his first victory since Phillip Island?

It had been a perfect weekend for Scott Redding, topping all three Free Practice sessions, but a highside coming out of turn six means that championship challenger, who needs to win all three races this weekend to have a chance of gaining the World Superbike crown will have to come through from the back of the grid as he was unable to set a lap time due to the crash.

Likewise for Jonathan Rea, who also suffered a crash in qualifying at turn four, however unlike Scott, Rea was able to put a lap time in to put him 15th on the grid for race one and the Superpole race tomorrow. However, Rea’s Saturday afternoon is slightly easier as the Kawasaki man will just need to gain two positions to claim his sixth consecutive World Superbike title.

Honda’s Leon Haslam who has re-signed for HRC for next season has managed to get his best qualifying of the season, qualifying in second place and looks to try and get his first podium of the season. His team-mate Alvaro Bautista has been able to get a podium on the CBR 1000RR-R Honda, can Leon achieve the same feat in race one?

Chaz Davies who has struggled this year with qualifying has managed to get himself onto the front of the second row in fourth. Chaz has shown numerous times this season that he has race-winning pace but he’s struggled because of his qualifying position. Chaz has only won one race so far this season, can he get his second race victory in race one?

Garrett Gerloff who’s been on fire since Catalunya has continued his impressive run of form by getting his first front-row start of his World Superbike career. The American has had a single podium-finish so far this season. Can he make it a second and could he be the first American race winner since Nicky Hayden in Sepang race two in 2016?

Race One takes place at 14:00 (GMT+1), will Jonathan Rea take his sixth consecutive World Superbike Title? Or will Scott Redding be able to perform a masterclass to stop the Northern Irishman in his track?

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