World Superbike's second race at Imola made use of the reverse grid set in yesterday's race but would be missing Jason O'Halloran as he has been declared unfit after his crash yesterday. His leg was broken by a foot peg during his crash in yesterday's race.
After yesterday's race, the reverse grid put Chaz Davies, Xavi Fores and Michael van der Mark on the front row, but it was Michael Ruben Rinaldi that led a four Ducati pack into the first turn, with Michael van der Mark splitting the red bikes by taking fourth place from Marco Melandri, behind Rinaldi, Chaz Davies and Xavi Fores. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made up the remainder of the top seven.
On lap two, Jonathan Rea started making a mockery of the reverse grid, passing Marco Melandri while setting the fastest lap and passing van der Mark at his favourite passing place, Tosa, and passed Xavi Fores at the end of lap three. Chaz Davies, the other pace man on Friday, took the lead from Michael Ruben Rinaldi in the Variante Bassa chicane, but had to fight to retain the lead out of the chicane, only cementing the lead into turn one. Jonathan Rea caught and passed Rinaldi at Tosa and set the fastest lap in the process.
Rea was all over the back of Davies by the chicane at the end of the lap and Davies had toast the fastest lap on lap five to maintain his lead. The leading two kept up their fraught pace ahead of Xavi Fores who had passed Rinaldi for third, and by lap six, the gap from Rea and Davies to third-placed Fores was nearly two seconds. A lap later, it was almost two and a half seconds. Fores kept third place, but Rinaldi lost fourth to the fight between Marco Melandri and Michael van der Mark and a lap later, he lost sixth to Tom Sykes who had finally figured out how to get his Kawasaki to turn properly at pace.
On lap nine, as Rinaldi dropped off the second pack, with the leading duo over three seconds clear of Fores in third, Michael van der Mark charged under Marco Melandri at Rivazza but misjudged it and took the pair of them out. Van der Mark was seen checking that Melandri was ok in the gravel, and the incident was put under investigation.
Tom Sykes inherited fourth place and closed the gap on Fores as the leading two kept increasing the gap to third. On lap eleven, the gap stopped growing as Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea started fighting. Rea took the lead into Variante Tamburello but his entry was too hot and Davies was able to snatch the lead back on the exit. Another lap of swapping cut the gap to third from four point eight seconds to four point seven, the fight demonstrating just how much quicker than the rest of the field the leading pair were.
On lap thirteen, Jonathan Rea got excellent drive out of Acqua Minerali and was able to charge past Davies into Variante Alta and a lap later Jonathan Rea increased the pace, setting the fastest laps on lap fourteen and fifteen, leading Davies by two seconds with four laps remaining as the gap between second and third returned to getting larger.
With just over two laps remaining, Tom Sykes made his move on Xavi Fores and took third place and the last podium spot.
After the furious scrapping earlier, the last two laps were sedate in comparison even though both Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies were the two fastest men on track, maintaining their advantage over Tom Sykes and Xavi Fores.
Jonathan Rea won decisively, equalled Carl Fogarty's 1999 record achievement of fifty nine career wins and increased his lead over second-placed Chaz Davies in the championship fight. Tom Sykes third place and Marco Melandri's DNF meant Sykes took third place off the Italian and van der Mark's DNF meant he lost fifth place to leading independent rider Xavi Fores.
Jonathan Rea's probability of beating Fogarty's win count is very high, and all that remains for him to do is to get a title on two different marques to cement his stature as the greatest ever Superbike rider.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||4.019|
|3||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||9.530|
|4||12||X. FORES||Ducati Panigale R||14.159|
|5||81||J. TORRES||MV Agusta 1000 F4||15.479|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||16.162|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale R||17.197|
|8||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.554|
|9||50||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 RF||22.331|
|10||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||30.176|
|11||76||L. BAZ||BMW S 1000 RR||30.267|
|12||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||40.061|
|13||68||Y. HERNANDEZ||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||51.973|
|14||99||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR1000RR||55.268|
|15||37||O. JEZEK||Yamaha YZF R1||1'09.455|
|16||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'43.833|
|RET||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale R||11 Laps|
|RET||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||11 Laps|
|RET||5||V. LEONOV||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6|
|RET||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||15 Laps|
|RET||45||J. GAGNE||Honda CBR1000RR||15 Laps|