The ever-reducing grid was dealt another blow for race two as Carlos Checa decided, after his poor performance this morning, to sit the second race out, joining Leon Haslam on the scratch bench.
Tom Sykes dragged Jonathan Rea to the first corner again, but the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty once again prised the Honda off second place, dumping him back to 4th. As Laverty took second place from Guintoli, the third Aprilia of Davide Giugliano slipped past Rea and Sykes set the lap record.
Sykes once again was given a clear track upon which to ply his trade, and two laps later, he again set the lap record. That would be the last anyone saw of him as he ticked off the laps, one after the other, without making a mistake. The days of the Kawasaki using too much tyre towards the end of the race look well and truly behind the boys in green.
Sylvain Guintoli got into his rhythm a few seconds behind Sykes, able to build a small gap behind him that was enough for him to not need to ride defensively, but he didn't have enough pace to close the distance to the hot-lapping Sykes. Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano were joined by Marco Melandri who, like in the first race, made a late charge for the fighting pack. Melandri's first target was Giugliano, who became a victim of a typical late lunge from the BMW rider. Luckily, Melandri didn't cause a crash and he was able to sneak up on Laverty and plan the same sort of hard pass. it took a few laps for Melandri to be able to pass Laverty, with a lunge into the Melbourne Loop, but Laverty must have expected it as it didn't change his pace and he was able to stick with Melandri and pass him back four laps later.
While Tom Sykes read "+7 Guintoli" on his pit board, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty swapped places back and forth, with Melandri on the last lap making an ill-advised passing attempt at the Esses, that forced him to take to the run-off and fall back in behind a surprised Davide Giugliano.
Tom Sykes won his second race of the day, adding the double victory to his lap record and pole position on his weekend's list of achievements. Sylvain Guintoli retained his championship lead with his second place, and Eugene Laverty rounded out Aprilia's points haul, keeping himself in contention.
While the races were dominated by one rider, the action behind the leader kept the crowd interested. Tom Sykes leaves his home round looking every bit the championship contender, even as Sylvain Guintoli refuses to relinquish the title lead.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'28.074||268,2|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.035||1'28.589||268,2|
|3||58||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||10.738||1'28.550||270,2|
|4||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||12.257||1'28.607||265,6|
|5||33||M. MELANDRI||BMW S1000 RR||15.976||1'28.493||272,3|
|6||19||C. DAVIES||BMW S1000 RR||16.475||1'28.843||266,9|
|7||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||27.524||1'29.109||270,9|
|8||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||30.186||1'29.505||264,3|
|9||16||J. CLUZEL||Suzuki GSX-R1000||30.501||1'29.547||266,2|
|10||84||M. FABRIZIO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||30.885||1'29.686||262,3|
|11||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||31.529||1'29.310||267,5|
|12||27||M. NEUKIRCHNER||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||46.782||1'30.096||260,4|
|13||2||L. CAMIER||Suzuki GSX-R1000||54.509||1'29.316||264,9|
|14||23||F. SANDI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'05.789||1'30.317||261,7|
|15||5||A. LUNDH||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'20.431||1'31.658||256,7|
|16||31||V. IANNUZZO||BMW S1000 RR||1'20.719||1'31.243||257,3|