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Davies steals pole in qualifying thriller

Aruba Ducati’s Chaz Davies has taken pole position under the clear skies of the Motorland Aragon Race Circuit. The Brit put in a stunning 1:49.319 on his final lap which puts him in prime position for victory in this afternoon’s race. It was also a new lap record for the Ducati rider. Jonathan Rea was set to take pole until being displaced by Davies in the final seconds which now leaves the Kawasaki rider starting from second on the grid. Tom Sykes completed the front row, finishing only 0.173s behind the front two.

Davies, who suffered a torrid start to the weekend, losing an engine in FP1 and only managing to do a limited number of laps in FP2, started Saturday with a bang as he topped FP3 and showed he has the pace to take pole.

However it was Rea who took the early advantage in the session, setting a modest 1:50.191s to lead his teammate Tom Sykes and Davies.  The Kawasaki rider was not finished there and towards the end of the session he put in a blistering 1:49.350s which broke the previous lap record set by his teammate Sykes in 2016.

Davies, motivated by his struggles yesterday, powered his way to the top of the timesheets with a 1:49.319s, which broke the newly set lap record by Rea and gave the Brit his first pole of 2017. Rea meanwhile will have to settle for second place on the grid but with the pace he has shown through free practice it would not be a surprise if he shot to victory this afternoon. Tom Sykes completed the front row in third, setting an impressive 1:49.492s in the process.

Marco Melandri heads up row two in fourth, but the Italian sits a long way off the pace as he is 0.6s behind his teammate Davies. Xavi Fores won the battle for top Spaniard as he pipped Jordi Torres for fifth by just 0.050s.

Michael van der Mark finished top Yamaha in seventh with Leandro Mercado putting in an impressive ride to finish eighth. Eugene Laverty will start race one from a disappointing ninth just ahead of Honda’s Nicky Hayden who rounded out the top ten.

Stefan Bradl starts 11th despite his Honda nearly going up in flames towards the end of the session. Yamaha’s Alex Lowes was unable to put in a flying lap due to a technical issue which forced him to push the bike back to the pits. He will start 12th.

Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden qualified from superpole one.

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