Race Report follows.
As the lights went out, Sykes got the jump on the field, but by the first corner, he was back in sixth place after nearly clipping his teammate Loris Baz and Davide Giugliano. Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz were joined by a hard-charging Alex Lowes at the front and by the end of the first lap, Lowes pushed past Baz to second place, but Baz got back past Lowes on the next lap.
On the fourth lap, Loris Baz took the lead from Sylvain Guintoli, ahead of furious fighting behind him. Alex Lowes kept in front of the Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, while the world champion Tom Sykes floundered in seventh place, behind Marco Melandri.
The Ducatis settled into a pace and a ragged Davide Giugliano pushed past Alex Lowes and was shortly followed by a smooth Chaz Davies and an aggressive Marco Melandri, and Lowes's troubles were added to when Jonathan Rea caught and passed him on the seventh lap, pushing him wide and effectively ending his run at the front.
On the eighth lap, Sylvain Guintoli took the lead from Loris Baz as the front group of six riders were still within a couple of seconds of the lead and Marco Melandri started his charge. Tom Sykes nearly ran into the back of Jonathan Rea but avoided the gravel and returned to a fight with Leon Haslam in eight.
As Marco Melandri caught Loris Baz, having scythed his way through to third place, Davide Giugliano predictably crashed out, making the gap between the front three and Chaz Davies one and a half seconds. with eight laps to go. On lap fourteen, Melandri made his move on Baz, with a typical stabbing lunge using his ability to hold a tighter line on the front tyre. Baz was committed to his own line and as Melandri went wide at the apex, Baz caught his front brake on Melandri's rear tyre and slid his Kawasaki into the gravel trap and had to abandon it as it caught on fire.
Aprilias at the front, it was only a matter of time until Melandri passed Guintoli, ending the discussion on whether or not there are team orders, for the lead and promptly gained a 1.6 second lead with two laps to go, but Melandri miscalculated the number of laps and nearly gave up his lead as he thought he was on his last lap, but he had enough of a lead not for his mistake to cost him the win.
Marco Melandri won the race ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies, with Tom Sykes recovered from a terrible race to fifth behind Jonathan Rea, but he conceded nine points in the title chase to Guintoli.
|1||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'42.222||281,9|
|2||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1.397||1'42.198||279,7|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||4.283||1'41.994||276,2|
|4||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||5.705||1'41.976||280,4|
|5||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||6.979||1'42.394||280,4|
|6||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||7.342||1'42.499||277,6|
|7||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||14.868||1'42.190||276,9|
|8||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||23.853||1'42.854||279,0|
|9||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||25.886||1'43.385||270,0|
|10||52||S. BARRIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||26.536||1'43.051||268,0|
|11||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||41.308||1'43.874||266,0|
|12||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||46.672||1'43.941||268,7|
|13||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||48.742||1'43.731||264,1|
|14||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||50.131||1'43.788||268,0|
|15||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||1'03.677||1'44.226||268,7|
|16||16||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'14.881||1'45.662||261,6|
|17||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||1'22.832||1'45.627||261,6|
|18||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'35.170||1'46.222||268,7|
|RET||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||4 Laps||1'45.723||254,3|
|RET||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||7 Laps||1'42.046||276,2|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||7 Laps||1'42.151||276,9|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||9 Laps||1'41.939||276,9|
|RET||67||B. STARING||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||13 Laps||1'43.779||268,0|