Misano's leather-clad soprano, Paola Tiraferri, bashed out the Italian anthem again, under a 30ºC sun in preparation for a twenty one lap race.
As the lights went out, Michael Ruben Rinaldi hit turn one first, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea, but a couple of turns in, Razgatlioglu made a play for the lead, pushing Rinaldi off his line, the pair going wide enough to let Rea sneak through. Rinaldi took second back on the exit and Razgatlioglu fell back to third place, ahead of Scott Redding, Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes.
On lap two, Rinaldi powered past Rea into turn eight, his Ducati's favourite sprint, but Rea kept on him and passed back when Rinaldi went wide at turn eleven and Rea capitalised at turn twelve. Behind them Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap. A lap later, Rinaldi tried to make his turn eight pass, in spite of Rea trying to block him out of the exit of turn seven with his Kawasaki, and took the lead. Rinaldi set the fastest lap in front.
On lap four, as Leon Haslam crashed at turn two behind the action, Toprak Razgatlioglu copied Rinaldi's play and passed Rea into turn eight, holding Rea off over the following corners as Rea tried to immediately strike back. Scott Redding And Alex Lowes were still in tough with the leaders as Tom Sykes dropped back from the leading five riders. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on lap five and Michael Ruben Rinaldi took it back a lap later.
On lap six, Alex Lowes dropped off the leading pack as Chaz Davies pitted in with a technical issue. Over the next few laps, with Razgatlioglu setting the fastest lap on lap seven, Razgatlioglu looked like Rinaldi was holding him up in a few places and he looked for a way past, eventually making a hard pass at turn fourteen, the slowest corner of the track, to put his Yamaha into the top spot. Two laps later had enough of a gap to ride his own race. Scott Redding could no longer keep up with the leaders and had to settle for fourth place. Alex Lowes was a few seconds behind, with a gap to a resurgent Garrett Gerloff who fought his way past several riders to get to sixth place, four seconds behind Lowes, but like Razgatlioglu in the lead, his Yamaha was settling into a good pace, a few tenths faster than Lowes ahead of him.
At half race distance, it looked like Rea still had tyre left as Rinaldi's started to wane, but he couldn't pass him. When his tyre finally caught up to Rinaldi's, he lots touch.
There was a brief moment on lap sixteen when the leading trio were all within grabbing distance of each other, but then it passed.
Toprak Razgatlioglu strung out a small lead, a tenth a lap quicker than the riders behind, with Rinaldi doing the same to Rea. Scott Redding ticked off the last few laps between four and five seconds adrift, but comfortably ahead of Alex Lowes behind him. Lowes, however, was eventually caught by Garrett Gerloff whose pace was significantly better, and Gerloff wasted no time passing Lowes two laps from the end, around the same time, Razgatlioglu got a warning for exceeding the track limits, but he had enough of a lead to take enough care to avoid a penalty. He waved to his team, acknowledging he'd seen the warning and it didn't become an issue as the race ran out of laps.
Toprak Razgatlioglu won his first race of the year ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Jonathan Rea. Scott Redding took his third fourth place ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Alex Lowes.
Razgatlioglu's win closed the gap to Rea at the top of the championship to just twenty points, and increased his lead over third placed Redding to twenty five points. Alex Lowes held on to fourth place but is now only six points ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi whose two wins and second place this weekend strengthened his campaign. Garrett Gerloff, fifth place today, holds sixth place of the championship.
|1||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1.286|
|3||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2.987|
|4||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||6.115|
|5||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||10.695|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||13.117|
|7||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17.621|
|8||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||17.893|
|9||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||22.458|
|10||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||25.118|
|11||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||27.107|
|12||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||28.353|
|13||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||33.391|
|14||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||38.817|
|15||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M 1000 RR||41.262|
|16||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||43.046|
|17||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||53.844|
|18||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'00.109|
|19||76||S. CAVALIERI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'11.934|
|20||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'23.648|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17 Laps|
|RET||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||18 Laps|