Gerloff claims maiden superpole at Magny-Cours

Gerloff claims maiden superpole at Magny-Cours

Garrett Gerloff held on his strong performance through the weekend’s three practice sessions into qualifying, where he claimed his maiden pole position at Magny-Cours.

BMW rider Garrett Gerloff appeared to be riding differently this weekend in France WorldSBK at Magny-Cours following the summer break. The Texan has had a solid weekend so far, placing his BMW at the very top of the field in qualifying.

Gerloff finally secured his first pole position in his fourth season of WorldSBK, but he will be joined on the front row by some formidable rivals as the 2022 WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista was only able to qualify in second place on the grid.

Gerloff and his hometown-hero teammate Loris Baz were the first riders out  as the track immediately exploded with action.

Despite the fact that Gerloff went faster than he had at any other point over the course of the weekend, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took first place with a time of 1’35.970 seconds, dispatching Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) and Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), both of whom made significant gains.

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) also surprisingly landed on the front row after the opening stint.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati), whose first lap was interrupted by yellow flags after Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) crashed, advanced to P4, while Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) placed only seventh.

With five minutes remaining, Garrett Gerloff was leading and was three tenths faster than Rea, who had just established a new lap record at Magny-Cours with a time of 1’35.453.

Rea was the only rider within half a second of him, but on one of his flying laps, his teammate and a large number of riders caused traffic dampening his chances of edging the benchmark time.

Gerloff took the pole position for the first time in his career, becoming the first American to do so in WorldSBK since John Hopkins on a Suzuki at Silverstone in 2011.

The Texan is firmly in the hunt for the podium with steady pace throughout the entire weekend. Alvaro Bautista was second as his teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi put another Ducati on the front row after finishing third.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea qualified in fourth and fifth place on the grid respectively, will start from the second row.

Loris Baz put his BMW in sixth place on the grid to cap off a strong qualifying run for the Bonovo BMW team. The entire set of factory ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK bikes were outqualified by both satellite BMW bikes.

Italian rider Andrea Locatelli qualified in seventh place and placed his Yamaha on the third row. Alex Lowes and Danilo Petrucci will be starting behind him in the third row.

Scott Redding, who crashed while racing behind Gerloff on the session, will start from tenth.

2023 French WorldSBK Magny-Cours Superpole Results

1Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.453
2Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.512
3Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.820
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 35.868
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.959
6Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.004
7Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 36.078
8Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.085
9Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.102
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.217
11Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.493
12Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 36.557
13Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.596
14Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.667
15Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 36.706
16Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.710
17Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 36.961
18Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.236
19Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.384
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 37.413
21Hannes SoomerESTMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.692
22Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.132
23Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 38.210
24Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.051

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