WSBK: Jonathan Rea qualifies fourth fastest at Aragon

Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea in Thailand.
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea in Thailand.

World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea will start Sunday’s third round of the series on the second row after qualifying fourth fastest on the Kawasaki ZX-10R at Aragon in Spain.

Rea, who leads the title charge by 10 points from Red Devils Aprilia’s Leon Haslam, has won three of the four races so far, taking a win and a runner-up finish at Phillip Island in Australia and bagging a brace last time out at the inaugural round of the championship held in Thailand.

Haslam clinched pole on the RSV4 with a blistering lap in 1m 49.664, setting a new record for Superbike machines at the Motorland Aragon circuit. It was his first pole result since Phillip Island in 2010 and only the second of his career.

The English rider edged out Welshman Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Ducati) by 0.033s with 2013 champion Tom Sykes completing the front row on the second of the factory Kawasaki machines, 0.199s down on Haslam.

Ulsterman Rea is only 0.389s off the quickest time as he heads up row two for Sunday’s two races with Xavi Fores (Aruba.it Ducati) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) completing the top six.

Row three includes series rookie Jorid Torres (Red Devils Aprilia), Alex Lowes on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki and Althea Ducati’s Nicol Terol.