As the weather didn't get any better, the second World Superbike race was also reduced to nineteen laps.
Jonathan Rea once again got the better start and led Davide Giugliano but Giugliano shortly took the lead as both Aprilias pushed past Tom Sykes on the first lap. On the third lap, Giugliano overcooked it and crashed at turn seven, low-siding his Ducati.
Sylvain Guintoli passed Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea kept the gap to the Aprilias to around a second until lap eleven, when he too crashed, one of thirteen non-finishers this race. Guintoli kept the lead for a couple of laps until he went wide on a corner, an opportunity that Melandri exploited to pass his teammate safely.
Tom Sykes in third place was having to deal with a faster rider catching him as Leon Haslam had a much better pace in the wet. As Haslam slotted in behind Sykes, looking for a way past, Melandri got a pit board, four laps from the end, with a red down arrow and the number one, asking him to drop one place to let Guintoli, a second and a half behind him, past.
Three laps from the end, the down arrow was once again joined by the yellow smiley angry face. Melandri showed no signs yet of letting his teammate catch up, but Guintoli was benefitting hi his championship challenge by Haslam who looked determined to pass Sykes.
On the penultimate lap, Melandri still showed no signs of slowing down while Haslam finally got past Sykes on an overtake that stuck, going round the outside of Sykes on the long left-handed 180 turn.
On the last lap, Marco Melandri still showed no sign of letting Guintoli catch him, in spite of pit boards telling him to. He kept the lead and took the victory ahead of Guintoli with Haslam sixteen seconds back beating Sykes. Lorenzo Lanzi took fifth place ahead of teammate and fellow wild card Max Neukirchner.
Marco Melandri took the win so as to not annoy his sponsors, and in doing so made it clear he was not interested in the Aprilia MotoGP job offer. Upon returning to Parc Fermé, he was hit on the helmet by an Aprilia manager wielding a Pirelli cap in a joking-but-not-joking gesture of annoyance.
Leon Haslam's podium was his first for Pata Honda and his first since 2012. His third place took three points off Tom Sykes, leaving Guintoli to close the championship chase to twelve points. The next race will be at Doha, a track that Aprilia have tested at and that Guintoli likes. Kawasaki will be at a disadvantage there, but, even though it's at night, it's unlikely that it will rain.
Team orders were given and refused. Melandri put himself third in the championship but the title is now mathematically down to only two men, Sykes and Guintoli.
|1||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'54.000||257,8|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2.669||1'53.660||257,1|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||16.450||1'54.535||267,3|
|4||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||20.759||1'54.414||253,5|
|5||57||L. LANZI||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||46.689||1'55.380||250,0|
|6||27||M. NEUKIRCHNER||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||58.490||1'56.176||244,3|
|7||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'03.100||1'56.981||265,4|
|8||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||1'24.699||1'57.320||250,0|
|9||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'27.899||1'58.706||244,3|
|10||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||1'51.706||1'59.148||240,5|
|11||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1 Lap||2'02.273||230,8|
|12||16||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||2 Laps||2'08.489||225,9|
|13||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||2 Laps||2'10.289||201,1|
|RET||67||B. STARING||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||3 Laps||1'57.972||249,4|
|RET||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||5 Laps||1'55.966||256,5|
|RET||212||X. FORES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||7 Laps||1'55.929||246,6|
|RET||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||7 Laps||1'57.790||244,9|
|RET||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||8 Laps||1'53.926||266,7|
|RET||52||S. BARRIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||13 Laps||1'59.231||254,1|
|RET||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||15 Laps||2'07.658||222,2|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||16 Laps||1'55.437||254,1|
|RET||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||17 Laps|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||18 Laps|
|RET||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||18 Laps|
|RET||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||19 Laps|
|RET||24||N. SALCHAUD||MV Agusta F4 RR||19 Laps|
|NS||24||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO|