The race started with a charge from Alex Lowes to the rear wheel of Jonathan Rea, but Tom Sykes swooped round the outside of turn one and two to pass both of them for the lead. Xavi Fores and Davide Giugliano took fourth and fifth. A few places behind them, Markus Reiterberger clipped Chaz Davies's rear and flipped his BMW over, throwing the German over his bike and off the track. Reiterberger was able to limp off in spite of landing heavily on his back and the marshals dragged his bike to safety, avoiding the need for a red flag.
On the second lap, Davide Giugliano snuck in behind Lowes, passing the customer Ducati of Xavi Fores on his factory Panigale and his teammate Chaz Davies took sixth place from Michael van der Mark, both having dispatched Lorenzo Savadori. Davies lost grip round a corner, much like Giugliano yesterday, and van der Mark had nowhere to go but into the stricken red bike. Both riders crossed paths as they ran to their respective bikes but only van der Mark was able to rejoin the race, albeit in dead last.
Sykes and Rea, meanwhile, were repeating yesterday only in reverse order and with a smaller gap, Rea sitting within two or three tenths of Sykes lap after lap as they broke free of Lowes in third place. Lowes then dropped back to fifth place behind Giugliano and Fores as the Kawasakis at the front built a safe gap.
Sykes and Rea had over a second of a gap to Giugliano, but the Italian matched their 1'35 lap pace and kept the distance constant, even bringing it down to a second and a half for a long stretch of laps.
The race continued like this at the front until six laps from the end. Further back, though, the four way battle for fifth place between Lorenzo Savadori, Alex Lowes, Jordi Torres and Nicky Hayden was heating up, with Lowes getting a break when Savadori had a rear tyre try to throw him off with a tank slapper.
Six laps from the end, Jonathan Rea started looking for a way past, showing Sykes a wheel on the left and the right, hounding him until lap seventeen of twenty one where he copied Sykes's move from lap one round the outside in the first two turns for the lead.
Rea started building a gap on lap eighteen and gouged out over a second on lap nineteen, as Sykes recorded his slowest flying lap of the race to that point.
Rea charged away and won the race by over three seconds from Tom Sykes, securing his tenth double victory of his career and increasing his championship lead to sixty six points over Tom Sykes and ninety nine over Chaz Davies in third.
Alex Lowes was overtaken by Lorenzo Savadori which set of a series of events that led to his being overtaken by Jordi Torres and Nicky Hayden and it was up to Hayden to challenge Savadori for fifth place, but Savadori kept his position and finished fifth, under four seconds behind Xavi Fores.
Niccolo Canepa, standing in for Sylvain Guintoli at Pata Yamaha, ended the weekend with respectable seventh and ninth places.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'35.321 270,7||1'34.257 264,7|
|2||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.963||1'35.495 268,7||1'34.037 266,0|
|3||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||6.356||1'35.389 270,0||1'34.826 263,4|
|4||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||11.691||1'35.807 266,7||1'34.623 264,7|
|5||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||15.164||1'36.226 269,3||1'34.694 268,0|
|6||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||15.248||1'35.982 271,4||1'34.707 263,4|
|7||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||15.587||1'35.913 272,0||1'36.014 259,6|
|8||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||17.276||1'35.165 266,7||1'34.641 265,4|
|9||59||N. CANEPA||Yamaha YZF R1||20.082||1'36.084 269,3||1'36.335 260,9|
|10||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||23.832||1'35.934 270,0||1'35.108 265,4|
|11||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10R||25.004||1'36.405 268,7||1'35.765 266,7|
|12||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||28.020||1'36.383 266,0||1'36.328 265,4|
|13||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||29.703||1'36.352 272,0||1'42.023 268,0|
|14||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||40.695||1'36.792 268,0||1'37.314 266,0|
|15||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||56.679||1'37.494 268,7||1'38.380 266,7|
|16||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'03.741||1'38.070 262,8||1'38.238 264,7|
|17||61||F. MENGHI||Ducati Panigale R||1'10.624||1'38.606 262,1||1'38.143 260,2|
|18||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'13.063||1'38.580 262,1||1'38.446 257,1|
|19||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'22.765||1'38.611 262,1||1'38.813 259,6|
|RET||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||7 Laps|
|RET||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||10 Laps|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||19 Laps|
|RET||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR|