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In form Rea takes Magny-Cours pole

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Jonathan Rea celebrates pole position at Magny-Cours
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow's 12th round World Superbike championship race at Magny-Cours in France from pole position after setting the fastest time in this afternoon's Superpole sessions.

Indeed, the Castrol Honda rider also beat the best Superbike lap at the 4.411km circuit, knocking more than two tenths of a second off Cal Crutchlow's previous best, which was set in 2010.

It is Rea's second World Superbike pole position, his first being set at Assen in Holland last season, and his time of 1m37.490s came in the final Superpole session after his Castrol Honda crew found an improved balance for his Honda CBR1000RR in the earlier free practice session.

Second overall after the three part contest, which determines the top 16 starting positions, was Yamaha World Superbike's Eugene Lavertyrom championship leader Carlos Checa and Aprilia Alitalia rider Leon Camier.

Sylvain Guintoli was the top French competitor in fifth, one place up on Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike). The top two rows were completed by BMW Motorrad Motorsport's Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike).

"It was a strong lap but we've had a good base for most of the weekend and we knew we had to make an extra step to make Sunday more comfortable," Rae said.

"The guys gave me a great bike in free practice this afternoon and transformed some things with the balance of the bike, which gave me more confidence to push. So I kind of expected to be somewhere near the front but I didn't expect the lap time to be that fast. We had a good Superpole 1 and that freed us up with the qualifiers for Superpole 2 and 3, so everything worked out perfectly. The big step we made in free practice means I can be quite consistent on my preferred race tyre, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow now. The team did a great job today, so I'd like to thank everyone."

Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Superpole 3
1. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.490
2. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.600
3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.932
4. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.006
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.094
6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.094
7. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.382
8. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.562
9. Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.137
10. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.204
11. Maxime Berger (Supersonic Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'38.347
12. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.516
13. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.524
14. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.565
15. Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.623
16. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.687
17. Javier Fores (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.230
18. Roberto Rolfo (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.982

Magny-Cours - SUPERSPORT - Qualifying
1. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.395
2. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.397
3. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.490
4. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.586
5. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.588
6. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.614
7. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'41.916
8. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.952
9. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.310
10. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'42.419
11. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'42.644
12. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'42.724
13. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'42.896
14. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.949
15. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'42.991
16. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'43.067
17. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'43.114
18. Louis Bulle (Dark Dog Academy) Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.240
19. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'43.354
20. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'43.696
21. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'43.756
22. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'43.767
23. Danilo Marrancone (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.158
24. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'44.568
25. Pauli Pekkanen (777 RR Motorsport) Triumph Daytona 675 1'44.686
26. Patrik VostÌÊrek (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 1'44.704
27. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 1'45.119
28. Martin Jessopp (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'46.654
29. Catalin Cazacu (PTR Romania Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'47.040
30. Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'48.322
31. Eduard Blokhin (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.629
32. Oleg Pozdneev (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.550
33. Mitchell Pirotta (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'49.716

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