Twenty seven thousand fans at Jerez watched the last World Superbike race of the weekend.
Marco Melandri got the best start and led Alvaro Bautista, Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea into turn one but lost out first to Bautista, then to Rea, a familiar turn six pass, then finally to van der Mark. Alex Lowes unfortunately lost grip at the front in turn two, ending in the gravel trap. Lowes rejoined but was a lap down in last place.
More drama landed on lap two when Alvaro Bautista arrived at turn one only to inexplicably lose adhesion at the entry to the corner, chucking his fancy new V4 Panigale into the kitty litter. The first unforced error by Bautista handed the lead to Jonathan Rea ahead of Michael van der Mark, Marco Melandri and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on lap two.
Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark swapped places at turn six then swapped back at turn nine as Melandri and Razgatlioglu swapped back and forth behind them. On lap four, Chaz Davies started to make his presence felt, noising up Melandri taking fourth place from his former teammate into turn six. Chaz Davies then set the fastest lap but on turn six, he was punted off the track by Marco Melandri.
Marco Melandri looked to line up a pass on Chaz Davies at turn six, but at turn five, after getting a really good exit from turn four, he saw a gap that wasn't there into turn five and put himself on the inside of Davies as the Ducati was committed to the apex. Melandri leant too far and dropped his bike on its side, sliding underneath Davies's Ducati to put them both in the gravel and out of the race. An investigation was immediately started, and the leading trio now had a two second of clear track behind them to continue their escape.
On lap seven, the lead was changed when van der Mark executed a clean turn six pass and a lap later both van der Mark and Rea set fastest laps as the leading Yamaha turned up the pace a notch. Alessandro Delbianco retired, handing fifteenth place and one point to Alex Lowes.
Two laps later, van der Mark and Rea recorded 1'39 laps, the first of the race, with Rea setting the faster lap. The leading pair were two seconds clear of a comfortable Toprak Razgatlioglu, three seconds clear of the fight for fourth between Leon Haslam, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Tom Sykes, Sandro Cortese and Jordi Torres. The five riders fighting for fourth place were consistently close throughout, swapping places occasionally, but remaining a group.
On lap fifteen, Michael van der Mark started breaking away from Jonathan Rea who was at no risk of losing second place to Toprak Razgatlioglu, himself safe in third place.
Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed at turn eleven on lap nineteen, spreading gravel over the corner and dumping his Honda in an inconvenient spot. The red flags were brought out and the race was called.
Michael van der Mark took his first victory of the year ahead of Jonathan Rea, ending the weekend with the most points scored. Jonathan Rea, scoring twenty points, closed the gap to Alvaro Bautista at the top of the championship to forty one points. Alvaro Bautista headed out to try to get a point but didn't complete enough laps to be classified while Alex Lowes was awarded with a brace of points for his efforts, his only points of the weekend. Toprak Razgatioglu's third place, his second podium of the year, launched him past Chaz Davies in the title race and to within seven points of his independent rival Marco Melandri.
|1||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14:31'51.353|
|3||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14:31'37.274|
|4||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14:31'42.453|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14:31'42.609|
|6||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||14:31'43.484|
|7||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||14:31'44.134|
|8||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14:31'45.535|
|9||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||14:31'49.862|
|10||46||T. BRIDEWELL||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14:31'41.392|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14:31'43.156|
|12||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||14:31'47.512|
|13||72||Y. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR||14:31'48.156|
|14||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||14:31'45.916|
|NC||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||14:30'37.235|
|NC||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14:31'44.319|
|RET||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||7|
|RET||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||5|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14:09'18.963|