Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) stuck in a Superpole winning time of 1.49.543 to head up Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) by 0.031 seconds, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) third, 0.101 behind the lead.
This was only Melandri’s third career Superpole success, despite having scored 22 race wins across his long and varied WorldSBK career. He was also the third different rider to set pole in the first three rounds of 2018.
Three riders crashed at turn 2 in SP2, including Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) who finished up 11th on the grid as a result.
Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team Ducati) continued his strong form again in fourth place at his home round.
The official Yamaha pairing of Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK) were fifth and sixth respectively.
The variety at the top of the field was expanded by having Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) seventh fastest, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing Ducati Junior Team) eighth and Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) ninth.
Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) completed the top ten.
One-event riders Rinaldi and Vladimir Leonov (SPB Racing Kawasaki) left many of the championship regulars red faced and out of Superpole 2 after they proved to be the best two riders in Superpole 1. Leonov finished 12th in Superpole 2, out of the 21 riders in Spain.
Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was 13th today, PJ Jacobsen (TripleM Honda World Superbike Team) 17th.