One disadvantage of racing three times in a single weekend is the attrition that this can bring, and race two at the Chang circuit would start short of three riders, with Eugene Laverty not starting due to a crash on Saturday and both of this morning's crashers, Leon Camier and Thitipong Warokorn, not being able to join in. The twenty lap race would have sixteen starters in the Thai heat.
Alvaro Bautista got a decent start ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, the podium order of the previous two races maintained. Michael van der Mark held third place until turn four when Leon Haslam took it from him.
Lap two, Bautista ominously led Rea and Lowes again as the three broke away from everyone else. Rea made a slight mistake, going wide at one corner, but Lowes was unable to capitalise on it. Ahead of them, Alvaro Bautista set the fastest lap and pulled away by almost a second. Another lap and the fight for fourth place between Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark and Marco Melandri had caught Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea while Bautista set the fastest lap at the front again, now over a second clear of Rea. Chaz Davies joined the fray, taking fifth place from both Marco Melandri and Michael van der Mark, swooping past their fight into turn four only for Melandri to pass Davies a lap later, lifting him out of the way and letting van der Mark follow Melandri past Davies. Tom Sykes abandoned his lacklustre BMW on lap four, most likely dreaming of the new engine awaiting him in Europe.
Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes broke away from the fight for fourth on lap five and had a three second gap a lap later, but they were almost two seconds behind Alvaro Bautista. Michael van der Mark made up a couple of places, passing both Macro Melandri and Leon Haslam over just two turns to start lap seven in fourth place, almost five seconds behind Alex Lowes.
Chaz Davies was dealing with Sandro Cortese in a fight for seventh place, but smoke was visible from Davies's Ducati as he came out of turn three to overtake Cortese's Yamaha into turn four. As he passed the starting grid, he was flagged off and he parked up and walked away.
Over the next six laps, Bautista eked out four or five tenths of a second a lap at the front, Rea and Lowes stayed glued together half a second apart and Haslam and Melandri swapped fifth place a few times behind van der Mark, Melandri occasionally suffering from his usual rear tyre wobble at high speeds. Sandro Cortese started closing the gap to the Haslam/Melandri duel, but couldn't maintain enough pace to actually catch them and dropped further back after a couple of laps within a second of the pair.
Five laps from the end, Alex Lowes finally let go of Jonathan Rea and started a lonely few laps a couple of seconds off Rea's second place while Rea had to contend with Alvaro Bautista just ticking off the laps four tenths quicker than he could.
Eventually, the laps ran out and Alvaro Bautista completed his second triple, ending the weekend with two poles, three wins and a lap record, on top of being quickest in every qualifying session. Jonathan Rea was second to him in every session and race this weekend.
Alvaro Bautista, having won every race this year, leads Jonathan Rea, second in every race this year, by twenty six points. Alex Lowes, third in every race this weekend is third in the championship, eight points ahead of fourth-placed Michael van der Mark, who was fourth in every race this weekend. Leon haslam, who was fifth in every race this weekend lines in sixth place, behind Marco melandri who was sixth in every race this weekend.
Only thirteen racers completed race two which didn't look like a race of attrition as the drop outs took place over three races in good weather, and they all took place behind a rookie on a brand new bike setting astonishing new records in a new race format.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||10.053|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||12.368|
|4||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||17.378|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.518|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||18.925|
|7||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||23.281|
|8||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||28.444|
|9||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||33.156|
|10||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||33.224|
|11||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||40.164|
|12||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||53.511|
|13||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||1'08.576|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||13 Laps|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||17 Laps|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|RET||50||E. LAVERTY||Ducati Panigale V4 R|