The ten lap Tissot Superpole race was the first dry race of the weekend.
Jonathan Rea led Sandro Cortese, Alvaro Bautista, Tom Sykes and Alex Lowes at the start of the first lap, but Bautista took second place from Cortese into turn eight. The second lap started with the leading three riders with a gap from Tom Sykes in fourth place and ended with Bautista setting the fastest lap and taking the lead from Rea, exiting well from the last corner and passing down the straight.
On lap three, as Bautista set the fastest lap again, his teammate Chaz Davies lowsided out of seventh place and remounted in last place. Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea were over a second clear of Sandro Cortese in third place, and Cortese was given some breathing space behind him as Tom Sykes had to deal with a truculent Alex Lowes. At the end of lap four, Lowes finally got past Sykes and the pair were over a second clear of Leon Haslam and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Alvaro Bautista finally broke free of Jonathan Rea behind him.
On lap seven, Sandro Cortese tried to remain on the pace of the two riders in front of him but crashed out on the last corner, putting Jonathan Rea, over two seconds behind Alvaro Bautista, in a safe second place, with four seconds the gap to Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes's fight for third place.
And then, at turn ten, Jonathan Rea had an unusual crash. On the tight right hander, he lost rear grip and the tyre slid out to his left and then he had the slowest high side crash in history, with the bike seemingly losing power and rolling over Rea as he lay on the track, holding onto the bike. He picked the bike up, got it in a semblance of racing state and rejoined the fray, recovering in sixth place, tenths ahead of Marco Melandri and his gang.
Lap nine and Alvaro Bautista had a seven and a half second lead over Alex Lowes who was a second clear of Tom Sykes who had been caught by Leon Haslam and Toprak Razgatlioglu, almost four seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea, Marco Melandri, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Michele Pirro.
On lap ten, as Bautista took another victory with a large margin, Leon Haslam tried a few passes on Tom Sykes, eventually making a desperation pass around the outside of turn ten that somehow worked. Toprak Razgatlioglu got past Sykes on the inside as Sykes looked over his shoulder exiting the corner and Sykes slowed down to a stop. His BMW just died underneath him on the last lap of a ten lap race.
Alvaro Bautista won, crossing the finish line on his rear wheel, over seven seconds clear of Alex Lowes. Leon Haslam finished a quarter of a second ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and twelve seconds later, Jonathan Rea held off Marco Melandri and Michael Ruben Rinaldi to secure a place on the second row of the grid for race two.
Alvaro Bautista extends his lead over Jonathan Rea to thirty nine points, clawing back seven of the points lost to Rea yesterday.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||7.261|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||9.154|
|4||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||9.405|
|5||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||12.835|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||13.056|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||13.688|
|8||51||M. PIRRO||Ducati Panigale V4 R||15.104|
|9||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.310|
|10||87||L. ZANETTI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||18.742|
|11||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||19.674|
|12||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||19.941|
|13||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||23.350|
|14||72||Y. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR||25.652|
|15||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||36.196|
|16||9||D. SCHMITTER||Yamaha YZF R1||39.260|
|17||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||45.423|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap|
|RET||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||6|
|RET||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||4|
|RET||97||S. CAVALIERI||Ducati Panigale V4 R|