The track temperature climbed to 42ºC, something the Aprilias were looking forward to, but Jonathan Rea changed to the same tyre as everyone else and for some reason, Misano seems to produce double winners.
Tom Sykes led into the first turn from pole position, followed by Davide Giugliano, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi and Jordi Torres. Biaggi made a play on Rea, Rea passed him back, Davies also took Biaggi, Rea overtook Haslam and Davies followed him through in a very hard to track first lap.
The fighting gave Sykes and Giugliano a nine-tenths gap at the end of the first lap, but Jonathan Rea set a new lap record of 1'34.720 closing that and putting a second of clear air behind him. He has a ringside seat to the battle in front of him as Giugliano constantly hounded Sykes, not giving him the chance to break away and set his own dangerous rhythm. The front three were locked together, with Giugliano occasionally showing Sykes a wheel to Sykes's non-plussed, unflustered lack of reaction, while Rea looked on, giving the front two a few metres with which to hang themselves, occasionally slingshotting out of a corner, using the resurfaced and recontoured track as a berm where possible, but nothing would give until lap seven.
Approaching, one third race distance, Davide Giugliano cleanly squeezed through the inside of turn three, pulsing power from the new Ducati exhausts to give him the drive to close the gap and stop even the king of late braking Tom Sykes from retaining his lead, and four corners later, Jonathan Rea would also pass, before Sykes had a chance to adjust his lines back to less passable ones.
Over a second clear of Chaz Davies in fourth, the front three weren't done yet. On lap eight, Jonathan Rea tried to pass Davide Giugliano, only to overheat the exit, letting Tom Sykes push past and dropping Rea into the grip of Davies who brought Leon Haslam to the fight. Second place was now a four-way standoff.
Giugliano had over a second of lead over Sykes, Rea, Davies and Haslam with Jordi Torres and Max Biaggi swapping places only a second and a half further back. Ten Laps in, Rea scythed past Sykes for second and made progress to Giugliano, towing the three bikes behind him to the leader. A couple of laps later, Rea was escaping from the second pack to set upon Giugliano while Haslam makes it clear he wanted to pass Davies and Sykes. Davies had a go at Sykes and, in passing him, slowed the pair down, letting Haslam rocket through to third place. Sykes went from a podium to fifth place in a matter of a few corners and had to start worrying about a charging Torres/Biaggi pairing behind him, at one point having a mere seven tenths of a second from the bustling Aprilias.
Lap sixteen brought a change of lead. After nine laps in the lead, Davide Giugliano suddenly had Jonathan Rea trying everything in the book, short of actual violence, to pass him and, just as Rea's tyres were coming to him while Giugliano's were on their way out, the pair swapped positions and their safe two and a half second gap started falling to Leon Haslam's bike enjoying the warmer weather.
The top six riders, on the last two laps, started to string out, having no one to pass or worry about, with only Torres having company in the form of Biaggi, and the positions didn't change as everyone had to maintain a fast pace to hold their positions. Max Biaggi saw his opportunity and put paid to whispers that he didn't dare pass the Red Devils Aprilias out of courtesy. With one lap left, the Dick Dastardly of motorcycle racing pressed the afterburner on the old Double-Zero and stole sixth place from Jordi Torres.
Jonathan Rea won his eleventh race of the year and leaves the weekend with a larger gap over Tom Sykes than he arrived with. Davide Giugliano in second place clawed his way to seventh place in the championship and Leon Haslam took back some of the points lost to Chaz Davies in the first race.
|1||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'34.720||273,4|
|2||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||1.290||1'35.015||266,0|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||2.436||1'35.312||270,7|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||2.514||1'35.289||268,7|
|5||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.694||1'35.195||269,3|
|6||3||M. BIAGGI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||5.911||1'35.346||273,4|
|7||81||J. TORRES||Aprilia RSV4 RF||7.075||1'35.303||272,7|
|8||55||M. PIRRO||Ducati Panigale R||10.159||1'35.490||270,0|
|9||1||S. GUINTOLI||Honda CBR1000RR SP||17.476||1'35.868||267,3|
|10||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||17.589||1'35.891||267,3|
|11||86||A. BADOVINI||BMW S1000 RR||21.744||1'35.845||270,0|
|12||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati Panigale R||26.599||1'36.352||264,1|
|13||11||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||30.402||1'36.432||266,0|
|14||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||36.000||1'36.373||262,8|
|15||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||36.186||1'36.493||267,3|
|16||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta F4 RR||37.572||1'36.534||259,0|
|17||14||R. DE PUNIET||Suzuki GSX-R1000||55.983||1'36.806||266,0|
|18||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'10.593||1'37.600||259,0|
|19||45||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'16.119||1'38.057||254,1|
|20||51||S. BARRAGÁN||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'16.177||1'38.659||255,9|
|21||75||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR||1'31.041||1'38.990||264,1|
|22||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||2 Laps||1'42.401||259,0|