The second race at Phillip Island was the grid determined by this morning's Superpole race and it took place under a sunny Australian sky.
In a foreboding move, Alvaro Bautista charged to the apex from pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Marco Melandri. Leon Haslam took second position from Jonathan Rea, exhibiting the outrageous leg dangle that he used in British Superbikes while Melandri took fifth from Rinaldi.
Lap two, Alvaro Bautista started it nearly a second clear of Leon Haslam and ended it over a second clear after breaking the lap record. Leon Haslam broke away from Jonathan Rea as the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Marco Melandri closed in, but as Melandro passed van der Mark, Rea was able to close back up to Haslam.
As Bautista ran away at the front, Rea caught Haslam back up and escaped the influence of the warring Yamahas behind him until Melandri closed up on lap seven.
As the race progressed, Bautista increased his lead over Haslam, Rea and Melandri as they built a gap from van der Mark. Behind the lone Yamaha, Alex Lowes had a lonely race in sixth place over three seconds clear of Chaz Davies, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Sandro Cortese.
Mid-race, all that happened was that gaps were stretched, fuel was burnt and tyres spent some rubber until lap fifteen. Alvaro Bautista was over eleven seconds clear of Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea made a move on his teammate into turn one. Rea held his position until turn four where Haslam has struck so many times. Haslam took second place back and Rea looked over his shoulder to see Melandri closing up.
Lap sixteen, over thirteen seconds behind Bautista, Rea beat Haslam at turn one again, holding turn four this time as Melandri harassed Haslam. The in-fighting was just what Michael van der Mark needed and the fight for second became a four bike affair.
Lap eighteen, fifteen seconds behind Bautista, Haslam powered down the straight in Rea's clean air to take second place in to turn one as van der Mark tried to pass Melandri. A lap later, sixteen seconds behind Bautista, Rea took second place at turn one and van der Mark took fourth place at turn four. A lap later, seventeen seconds behind Bautista, Melandri took fourth place back at turn four, slowing both Yamahas a little and letting the Kawasakis of Rea and Haslam get on with their own fight without fear of losing third place.
Seventeen seconds behind Bautista, Haslam took the lead into turn one of the penultimate lap and eighteen seconds behind Bautista, on the last lap, Rea took it back. Haslam took second place between turns two and four, only to carry too much speed until turn four to let Rea take a tight line back underneath. Van der Mark won the Yamaha battle to sit in fourth place behind the Kawasakis.
Alvaro Bautista won his third race of the weekend, becoming the first man to win all three races in the new format. Jonathan Rea recovered from the resounding defeat by taking second in every race while Leon Haslam took sixteen points to make up for his crash in race one.
Bautista leads the title chase by thirteen points from Jonathan Rea with Marco Melandri in third place a further nineteen points behind. Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark take fourth and fifth place ahead of Leon Haslam whose solitary point from Saturday put him on his back foot, regardless of how good his Sunday results were.
As the circus moves to Thailand in a few weeks, much will be made of the Ducati's dominance in the hands of Alvaro Bautista, as it was when Marco Melandri won both races last year, but winning both races by almost twenty seconds isn't normal.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||12.195|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||12.454|
|4||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||16.574|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||16.859|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||17.329|
|7||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||26.823|
|8||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||27.580|
|9||50||E. LAVERTY||Ducati Panigale V4 R||29.116|
|10||2||L. CAMIER||Honda CBR1000RR||29.178|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||29.460|
|12||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||29.896|
|13||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||31.231|
|14||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||40.926|
|15||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||41.616|
|16||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1 Lap|
|RET||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17|
|RET||17||T. HERFOSS||Honda CBR1000RR||5|
|RET||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR|