A smattering of clouds over a 32ºC track, with a 22ºC air temperature, a 21 lap race at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” took place on fresh tarmac and recambered turns. All but Jonathan Rea had softer A compound rear tyres with Rea taking a harder B tyre.
Tom Sykes took to the front from pole position with Davide Giugliano, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi behind him. The former world champion Max Biaggi was them forced wide by current World Champion Sylvain Guintoli, with Biaggi recovering ahead of Guintoli in seventh while Guintoli saved a low-side to return on track into eighth place.
On the second lap, Jordi Torres and Chaz Davies, having fought through from eleventh place, sparred over fourth place, swapping places throughout the lap, a battle that Davies won that was cemented when Torres slid off the track, crashing out at turn three of the third lap.
As Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano started to build a gap from Leon Haslam in third, Jonathan Rea in fourth found Haslam very difficult to pass and could only look on as the gap grew, Haslam able to thwart all Rea's passing attempts for several laps.
Seven laps in, over three seconds back from Tom Sykes and two from Davide Giugliano, Rea made a move on Haslam, bringing Chaz Davies with him a few corners later and the battle between Davies and Haslam gifted Rea a few clear tenths of a second to assess the gap to Giugliano in front of him. As Davies finally made the pass on Haslam stick, Max Biaggi in sixth place caught Haslam at the end of the battle. Davies was able to escape and return to his battle for third with Rea. Haslam now had an older man on a disposable hot-rodded Aprilia behind him, snapping at his rear tyre.
In spite of setting the fastest lap of the race, a 1'34.855, on lap three, Davide Giugliano was struggling to keep up with Tom Sykes who, having over a second gap, was setting about doing what Sykes does best; leading from the front, racing his own race, managing the laps and budgeting his resources to hotlap the race to the end.
Two thirds of the race in, on the fourteenth lap, Sykes had two and a half seconds over Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea was starting to close the gap with Chaz Davies bungeed to his rear wheel. Davies saw the pace increase and followed suit, building enough momentum to pass Rea, but Rea fought back and regained his third place, losing a few tenths to Giugliano in the process. A couple of laps later, Giugliano started to lose pace, dropping back from Sykes and into the clutches of Rea and Davies.
After nineteen laps in second place, the Rea and Davies battle fell upon Giugliano and Rea passed Giugliano into turn one and, while Giugliano tried to pass him back, he didn't have the pace to deal with Rea or Davies, and both riders passed him convincingly.
With Tom Sykes over four seconds ahead, Jonathan Rea rode a defensive last lap, keeping Chaz Davies behind him, forcing Davies to try a last corner pass that couldn't work and Kawasaki took the top two spots.
Tom Sykes sacrificed the chase for a fast lap in Free Practice 3 for race pace testing, pushing him into Superpole One for the first time in his career, but the gamble paid off. Jonathan Rea's tyre gamble didn't pay off, though and he will be turning to the same tyre as everyone else for race two.
Jonathan Rea still leads the championship and still hasn't finished lower than 2nd place all season, but Tom Sykes has cut that lead to 119 points. Chaz Davies closes to within ten points of third-placed Leon Haslam.
Max Biaggi finished the race within two tenths of a second of fifth placed Leon Haslam. His sixth place on a wildcard finish beats Troy Bayliss's best position this year, and he will be hoping for a better start to race two.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'34.862||266,7|
|2||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3.613||1'35.052||272,7|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||4.178||1'35.103||271,4|
|4||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||5.944||1'34.855||265,4|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||12.155||1'35.103||272,0|
|6||3||M. BIAGGI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||12.352||1'35.040||273,4|
|7||86||A. BADOVINI||BMW S1000 RR||18.145||1'35.626||268,7|
|8||55||M. PIRRO||Ducati Panigale R||18.328||1'35.678||271,4|
|9||1||S. GUINTOLI||Honda CBR1000RR SP||20.088||1'35.567||265,4|
|10||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||20.282||1'35.519||266,7|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale R||24.195||1'35.910||266,7|
|12||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||26.625||1'35.673||266,7|
|13||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta F4 RR||26.719||1'36.149||262,1|
|14||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||31.898||1'36.016||266,7|
|15||15||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati Panigale R||32.643||1'36.159||264,1|
|16||11||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||36.833||1'36.016||266,7|
|17||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||42.514||1'36.512||265,4|
|18||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'10.247||1'38.010||258,4|
|19||51||S. BARRAGÁN||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'10.536||1'37.973||256,5|
|20||45||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'28.191||1'38.659||257,1|
|21||75||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR||1'38.856||1'39.211||265,4|
|22||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap||1'42.003||259,0|