Jonathan Rea has taken a record-breaking eighth consecutive pole position at WorldSBK Magny-Cours. 

WorldSBK Magny-Cours, France - Superpole Qualifying Results
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team1:35.683s
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha+0.101s
3Tom SykesGBRMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.236s
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.342s
5Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha+0.518s
6Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC+0.575s
7Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Ducati+0.732s
8Scott ReddingGBRAruba.It Ducati+0.802s
9Michael Van Der MarkNEDMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+1.053s
10Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti+1.131s
11Chaz DaviesGBRGoEleven Ducati+1.188s
12Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha+1.243s
13Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.431s
14Alvaro BautistaSPATeam HRC+1.586s
15Tito RabatSPABarni Ducati+2.036s
16Christophe PonssonFRAGil Yamaha+2.177s
17Isaac VinalesSPAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+2.287s
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+2.314s
19Jonas FolgerGERBenovo BMW+2.501s
20Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+2.674s
21Loris CressonBELPedercini Kawasaki+3.179s

Rea initially went fastest and looked set to keep that position based on his impressive mid 1m 36s time, however, Toprak Razgatlioglu produced a stunning final sector to go top after trailing by three tenths earlier in the lap. 

The two championship leaders were then bettered by Superpole specialist Tom Sykes who went quicker by a tenth of a second.

Alex Lowes was first out of the pits for the second and final runs and went onto provisional pole with what was a new lap record at the time.

But, Razgatlioglu regained provisional pole on his penultimate lap. Sykes came close to matching the Turkish rider’s time, but was unable to do so in the final sector.

However, 2021 pole hound Jonathan Rea did have an answer for the Yamaha man on his final lap. 

Rea managed to not only keep the advantage he had through the first three sectors, but instead gain time on Razgatlioglu in the final sector - an area of the track where Razgatlioglu had consistently been quicker than the Kawasaki rider so far this weekend.

Home favourite Lucas Mahias suffered a fast crash at turn one during the closing stages, but managed to retain a top ten starting spot.