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Chaz Davies claimed his first pole position of the 2017 WSBK season at Aragon on Saturday, thereby ending Jonathan Rea's perfect record.
Rea, who has enjoyed a 100 percent pole record for 2017, set the early running on a chilly morning in Spain.
The Kawasaki rider posted a 1:50.191 to hold down P1 by 0.353s ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies on board the Ducati was third, the final position on the provisional front row.
Heading out for a second run with Pirelli's new-for-Aragon qualifying tyre, Xavi Fores made the first attack on the front but could not hold off the charging Kawasakis.
Rea went top with Sykes right behind him. The teammates, though, both lost out to Davies, who clocked a 1:49.319 to claim his first pole position of this season.
Rea will line up second ahead of his teammate with Marco Melandri fourth on the grid.
Fores dropped to fifth ahead of Jordi Torres and Michael van der Mark.
Alex Lowes was unable to set a time as smoke began to pour out of the back of his Yamaha on his first flying lap. As a result he qualified P12.
Earlier Red Bull Honda teammates Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl grabbed the two transfer spots into SP2. Hayden qualified P10 overall with Bradl places back in 11th after his Honda came to a smoky stop.
Markus Reiterberg, who was vying for one of the transfer slots, crashed in SP1, leaving him down in 13th place.
Moments later Randy Krummenacher also went down Turn 3. He finished PX
1 C. DAVIES Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'49.319
2 J. REA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.350
3 T. SYKES Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.492
4 M. MELANDRI Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'49.973
5 X. FORÉS BARNI Racing Team Ducati Panigale R 1'50.347
6 J. TORRES Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'50.397
7 M. VAN DER MARK Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.422
8 L. MERCADO IODARacing Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'50.514
9 E. LAVERTY Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'50.647
10 N. HAYDEN Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.761
11 S. BRADL Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.257
12 A. LOWES Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 no time
13 M. REITERBERGER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'51.506
14 R. RAMOS Team Kawasaki Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.557
15 L. CAMIER MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'51.569
16 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.328
17 J. SIMON ESP Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'52.334
18 A. DE ANGELIS RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.590
19 R. RUSSO ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.829
20 O. JEZEK CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.211
21 A. BADOVINI ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.375