The second World Superbike race at Imola was 21 uninterrupted laps in hot weather.
Tom Sykes made a good start from pole position, followed by Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea. Sykes took Giugliano with him as he made a dash to gap the pack. Giugliano pushed hard, setting the fastest lap just before he lost the front, ditching his bike into the litter painlessly with a clean low side. Rea, promoted to 2nd place, set about putting as much distance between himself and the Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and championship leader Sylvain Guintoli, just as Laverty crashed out on the fifth lap where Rea lost control the race before.
The front three set themselves in their positions and raced what was a processional race, unhindered by anyone else. As Guintoli cleared off from Marco Melandri, Chas Davies caught his BMW teammate and set about what would be a duel to the flag.
The race took a predictable turn with Tom Sykes winning the race comfortably ahead of Jonathan Rea and Sylvain Guintoli. Sykes finally took the championship lead off Guintoli by six points, while Rea rewarded his team for their hard work with a second place.
Marco Melandri conduced fourth place on the track to Chaz Davies but took it back on the last lap, holding his position to the flag, as Davies nearly crashed out trying to pass him at the last possible place.
This was definitely a race that only a fan could love, with few overtakes and action, but the implications for the championship are where the interesting overtaking happened. Tom Sykes took the double win and the championship lead, finally forgiving himself for his Portimão mistake, while Jonathan Rea showed that the book on the Honda Fireblade hasn’t closed just yet. Noriyuki Haga's return ended with his getting a point, even though he was in last place.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'47.507||285,3|
|2||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||5.032||1'47.843||282,2|
|3||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||10.201||1'48.141||284,5|
|4||33||M. MELANDRI||BMW S1000 RR||13.120||1'48.327||288,4|
|5||19||C. DAVIES||BMW S1000 RR||13.630||1'48.359||285,3|
|6||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||23.949||1'48.534||283,7|
|7||2||L. CAMIER||Suzuki GSX-R1000||25.420||1'48.598||278,5|
|8||84||M. FABRIZIO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||36.511||1'48.733||282,2|
|9||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||40.184||1'49.214||283,7|
|10||86||A. BADOVINI||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||41.100||1'49.305||272,0|
|12||7||C. CHECA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||52.182||1'49.781||272,0|
|13||27||M. NEUKIRCHNER||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||56.352||1'49.867||274,2|
|14||23||F. SANDI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'15.992||1'50.300||273,5|
|15||41||N. HAGA||BMW S1000 RR||1'25.210||1'50.959||280,0|
|RET||58||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||17 Laps||1'48.259||283,7|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||19 Laps||1'47.576||279,2|
|RET||31||V. IANNUZZO||BMW S1000 RR||19 Laps||1'51.741||269,3|