Scott Redding has claimed his first WorldSBK pole of 2021 after yellow flags cost pre-session favourite Toprak Razgatlioglu the chance to challenge the Ducati rider’s time. 

Title rivals Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea battled it out for provisional pole early on with Razgatlioglu able to better the Kawasaki rider by just over a tenth. 

A mistake from Rea on his second flying lap saw him run wide in sector two, while Razgatlioglu extended his advantage to three tenths. 

Andrea Locatelli, who positioned himself behind team-mate Razgatlioglu, managed to go third. However, Scott Redding went quicker than all three men with a mid 1m 37s time. 

Rea made another mistake at the start of his second run which allowed Axel Bassani and Alex Lowes to get ahead of him, while a late crash for Leandro Mercado meant Razgatlioglu and Redding were unable to improve due to yellow flags being waved.  

World Superbike San Juan, Argentina - Superpole Qualifying Results
1Scott ReddingGBRAruba.It Ducati1:37.617s
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha+0.186s
3Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+0.221s
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.417s
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.475s
6Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha+0.604s
7Michael Van Der MarkNEDMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.681s
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha+0.720s
9Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Ducati+0.725s
10Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC+0.839s
11Isaac VinalesSPAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+0.889s
12Eugene LavertyIRLMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.900s
13Chaz DaviesGBRGoEleven Ducati+0.975s
14Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+1.052s
15Alvaro BautistaSPATeam HRC+1.243s
16Samuele CavalieriSPABarni Ducati+1.285s
17Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+1.711s
18Tito RabatITAKawasaki Puccetti+1.899s
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil Yamaha+3.355s
20Luciano RibodinoARGPedercini Kawasaki+4.298s
21Marco SolorzaARGPedercini Kawasaki+4.877s

Free Practice Three

Toprak Razgatlioglu’s impressive showing at WorldSBK San Juan continued in FP3 as he finished four tenths clear of Scott Redding. 

There was a slight delay to FP3 for Razgatlioglu’s team-mate Andrea Locatelli as intense work was being done to the front end of his Pata Yamaha machine. 

While Razgatlioglu immediately set the pace, Scott Redding became the lone rider to crash during FP3 - lost the front at turn 13. 

Redding’s team-mate Michael Rinaldi then went fastest by just - 0.018s, while Chaz Davies had his FP3 cut short after encountering a mechanical issue. 

Rinaldi nearly followed Redding in crashing due to a huge moment on the entry of turn 17, however, the Italian was able to remain upright and instead run off into the gravel before returning to pit lane. 

Rinaldi was then replaced at the top by Razgatlioglu who set back-to-back sub 1m 38s laps. 

Rea, who was one of the first riders to begin the qualifying runs, momentarily went top before Garrett Gerloff matched his time. 

However, Razgatlioglu then set a new all-time lap record to go nearly four tenths quicker, while Redding split the two ‘main’ title contenders with P2. On his very next effort, Razgatlioglu set yet another new lap record by going a further tenth better.