Stefan Bradl would not take part in the 21-lap race as his elbow injury from Friday finally ruled him out.
Tom Sykes converted his pole position to a lead into turn one, with Chaz Davies charging to second from sixth place on the grid. Jonathan Rea was wide into the first turn, but he recovered in third place ahead of Marco Melandri, Alex Lowes and Lorenzo Savadori. Eugene Laverty turned a good start into a bad start, going very wide in the first turn and dropping back a handful of places.
A lap later, Chaz Davies pushed past Tom Sykes at turn ten, getting drive out of turn nine and just beating the Kawasaki to the next turn cleanly.The front three, both Ducati’s and both Kawasakis, started to break away at the front, leaving Alex Lowes in fifth place ahead of the battle between Lorenzo Savadori and Leon Camier.
At the start of the third lap, Jonathan Rea took second place from his Kawasaki teammate and the front four extended their lead. Much further back, Eugene Laverty recovered a few places from his first turn mistake, but had put himself out of a chance to get close to the front.
Leon Camier passed Alex Lowes and Lorenzo Savadori and settled into what would be a convincing fifth place, with only Alex Lowes able to keep him honest as the pair broke free from Savadori’s Aprilia.
Six laps in, Tom Sykes set the fastest lap, to close on Jonathan Rea, but that woul.d be the last time he was close enough to mount a challenge as Davies and Rea just kept churning out low 1’37 laps while Marco Melandri started dropping off the front three.
At half race distance, as Raffaele De Rosa and Xavi Fores bashed fairings contesting tenth place, Ondrej Jezek and Davide Giugliano both pulled in for unrelated technical issues, but the race at the front looked like it would come down to Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea. Tom Sykes looked settled in third place, with Marco Melandri losing fists full of tenths of a second each lap, unable to keep up with the inevitable podium men.
When there were six laps left to go, Chaz Davies started spending what was left of his harder tyre, Rea and Sykes both having opted for a softer option than the rest of the field, and started wedging in tenths of a second into the small gap between himself and Jonathan Rea.
With a sense of inevitability, Davies, Rea and Sykes settled into their respective podium places and finished in that order. Marco Melandri in fourth started dropping off the pace but managed to hold off the charging pair of Leon Camier and Alex Lowes who closed a few seconds of gap on the last lap.
Chaz Davies won convincingly ahead of Jonathan Rea who still managed to increase his championship lead over third-placed Tom Sykes. Marco Melandri will start Sunday’s race in pole position alongside Leon Camier and Alex Lowes.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1.834|
|3||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3.250|
|4||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale R||16.005|
|5||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||16.597|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||16.783|
|7||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||24.898|
|8||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||31.137|
|9||81||J. TORRES||BMW S 1000 RR||31.373|
|10||50||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 RF||40.593|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Aprilia RSV4 RF||47.796|
|12||88||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||48.509|
|13||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S 1000 RR||50.795|
|14||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'00.282|
|15||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||1'04.118|
|16||86||A. BADOVINI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'35.425|
|RET||35||R. DE ROSA||BMW S 1000 RR||5 Laps|
|RET||19||P. SZKOPEK||Yamaha YZF R1||6 Laps|
|RET||84||R. RUSSO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||7 Laps|
|RET||37||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||11 Laps|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Honda CBR1000RR||11 Laps|
|RET||55||M. ROCCOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||15 Laps|