With as many thrills and spills as race one, the second race brought an unexpected finish and championship consequences.
A rookie on a satellite bike won his first race in World Superbikes. Eugene Laverty got the hole shot, but Tom Sykes squeezed past at turn one to lead the race for six laps until a charging Marco Melandri stole the lead. On the first lap, however, Eugene Laverty went wide, leaning on Sykes, and took Max Biaggi's eye line. Biaggi went over a bumpy part of the track distracted and lost the front, crashing out and destroying the carbon fibre on the left side. He remounted and dragged the mess past handfuls of riders to finish in 13th behind John Hopkins.
At the beginning of lap eight, Marco Melandri passed Tom Sykes for the lead and pushed to try to make a break, but lost the front crashing out for his second DNF of the day. Chaz Davies then led the race.
While Tom Sykes fell back, with a similar issue to race one, in spite of different tyres, Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea charged to try and catch Davies. Leon Camier put on a similar challenge as in race one, scalping riders one by one until he finally passed both Rea and Laverty, but Laverty was able to grab second back.
By the end of the race, Chaz Davies had put in such a lead that there was no doubt who would win and the Welshman joins the ranks of World Superbike winners, while Laverty and Camier fill the rest of the podium. Rea took a comfortable fourth while Sykes held off Carlos Checa for fifth place.
Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri have conspired to keep the championship battle wide open, while Tom Sykes was unable to fully capitalise on their failings. Sykes is 26.5 points behind Biaggi and only 17 behind Melandri.
|1||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'56.252|
|2||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'56.319||3.022|
|3||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'56.556||3.222|
|4||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'56.498||5.705|
|5||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'56.363||7.304|
|6||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'56.148||7.541|
|7||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'56.318||14.709|
|8||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'57.028||19.782|
|9||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'56.509||19.925|
|10||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||1'56.845||20.028|
|11||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'56.803||25.653|
|12||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'57.160||29.142|
|13||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'56.411||29.579|
|14||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'57.608||36.090|
|15||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'58.103||40.912|
|16||57||LANZI L||Ducati 1098R||1'58.682||50.401|
|17||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.489||3 Laps|
|RET||68||MCCORMICK B||Ducati 1098R||1'58.671||5 Laps|
|RET||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'56.402||11 Laps|
|RET||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'56.281||12 Laps|
|RET||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'57.739||12 Laps|
|RET||5||LUNDH A||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'59.477||14 Laps|