World Superbike race two would be like every other race so far, a close-fought battle with thrills and spills.
Tom Sykes hit the apex at turn one first, with his teammate Jonathan Rea right behind him. Davide Giugliano, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes followed. Rea and Sykes swapped back and forth on the first lap and Lowes pushed to fourth place, before drifting off line at Lukey Heights and dropping back to fifteenth place.
Van der Mark took third place off Giugliano as the front seven, Chaz Davies, Sylvain Guintoli and Nicky Hayden on the tail of the four riders in front, made a break for it. On the fourth lap, Chaz Davies set the fastest lap of the race with a 1'31.321 and he passed his teammate Giugliano for fourth place.
Very little changed for seven laps apart from Hayden and Giugliano disputing fifth place a couple of times, but on the eleventh lap, Tom Sykes took the corner that has been bothering him all weekend, turn four, wide. With the group being so close, Jonathan Rea, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies all passed him in a flash, forcing him back to fourth and into sniffing distance of Davide Giugliano.
A lap later, van der Mark lunged under Rea unto the first corner and snatched first place and held it for some time. Davide Giugliano tried to pass Tom Sykes and gently clipped his rear tyre, forcing both riders wide and letting Nicky Hayden and Sylvain Guintoli past.
Van der Mark, Davies and Rea were at the front, Hayden looking at a podium spot from the outside. Four laps from the end, van der Mark made a mistake, going wide, and lost two places as Rea and Davies wasted no time in passing him.
Meanwhile, Davide Giugliano was working his way forward from seventh place while his Ducati stablemate Chaz Davies made the decision to not leave it to the last lap, a plan that was fruitless yesterday.
Davies took the lead convincingly and headed Rea and van der Mark. Davies pushed to make a break to avoid being passed by Rea's fast Kawasaki, but overcooked it and slid the bike off the track, holding the clutch in. Jonathan Rea was looking at a double win if he could fend off Michael van der Mark.
Nicky Hayden was suddenly in with a very real chance at a podium, but the man behind him, Davide Giugliano, also had eyes for third, and the pair buckled swashes, trading places and paint a few times on their way to the last corner. As Rea comfortably fended off van der Mark, Giugliano was making swift work of the former MotoGP champion and drag raced to the line to pass him by four hundredths of a second.
On his cool-down lap, Rea went to the fences and borrowed phones off fans to take selfies, starting the defence of his title with fifty points.
Chaz Davies recovered his bike to finish in tenth place.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'31.386||313,0|
|2||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||0.831||1'31.532||314,9|
|3||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1.472||1'31.579||312,1|
|4||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||1.511||1'31.448||314,9|
|5||50||S. GUINTOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||2.439||1'31.519||314,9|
|6||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3.320||1'31.446||314,0|
|7||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||13.744||1'31.927||319,5|
|8||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||15.084||1'31.850||315,8|
|9||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||15.106||1'31.993||309,5|
|10||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||16.276||1'31.321||312,1|
|11||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||30.147||1'32.562||315,8|
|12||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||30.251||1'32.392||305,9|
|13||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||30.437||1'32.285||314,9|
|14||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||39.946||1'32.727||303,4|
|15||20||S. BARRIER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||53.515||1'33.929||301,7|
|16||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||58.450||1'33.934||301,7|
|17||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'01.836||1'33.796||296,7|
|18||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'30.672||1'34.266||299,2|
|19||10||I. TÓTH||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap||1'36.842||294,3|