WSBK: Jonathan Rea fourth fastest at Misano

Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea at Misano
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea at Misano

Jonathan Rea will start Sunday’s World Superbike races at Misano in Italy from row two after qualifying eighth fastest.

Rea, who leads the championship by 124 points from his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes, has won an incredible 10 of the 14 races held so far and has never finished lower than second place.

Sykes clinched pole ahead of Aprilia’s Leon Haslam with Davide Giugliano on the Aruba.it Ducati completing the front row.

Rea is joined on the second row by wildcard and Aprilia test rider Max Biaggi and series rookie Jordi Torres (Aprilia).

“In the first lap of Superpole using my qualifying tyre I pushed a little but hard and messed up the first sector,” Rea said.

“After that on the second lap I did a much better job in the first two sectors but by then the qualifying tyre had gone off a little. I am happy enough because P4 is not the worst-case scenario and I think we have a bike we can race with in good condition.

“I do not know what we will get for weather but we are set-up for both conditions, cooler or hotter,” he added.

“We have been fast with the soft tyre and the hard tyre, and when the lights go out we will see what happens.”