The World Superbike Superpole Race took part on a glorious English Sunday and had everyone rushing to the rulebook at the end.
Tom Sykes headed into the first turn from pole position ahead of Jonathan Rea who had Leon Haslam trying to pass him on the outside. Toprak Razgatlioglu and Peter Hickman held off Alvaro Bautista, but Bautista found a way past Hickman to eld the first lap in fifth place, with Loris Baz behind him.
On lap two, just before Sykes set the fastest lap, Razgatlioglu took third place from Haslam, taking his tighter line through the Melbourne Loop. Lap three, Rea charged under Sykes into Fogarty's Esses, but carried too much speed to make a clean exit and Sykes pushed Rea to the edge of the track on the exit to take the lead back. Two laps later, Rea made the pass into the Esses work and held the lead. At the last corner, Rea went a little wide, but Sykes wasn't close enough to capitalise on it. Alvaro Bautista caught Leon Haslam, bringing Loris Baz with him and making the leading group six bikes.
After Rea completed lap seven, setting a new lap record, the red flags were brought out. Peter Hickman's BMW blew its engine, shedding oil down the straight from the Esses to the Melbourne Loop, bringing six bikes down. As the leader, Jonathan Rea, had completed two-thirds of the ten laps, the race was called.
On the cool down lap, Jonathan Rea slid a little on the oil but made it safely through, but Tom Sykes crashed on his teammate's spilt fluid. Sykes couldn't get his bike back within the five minutes and was ruled out of classification, gifting Toprak Razgatlioglu with second place ahead of a surprised Leon Haslam who didn't know he was on the podium.
The spirit of the rules firmly clashed with the actual rules, robbing Sykes of his third second place in a row. Alvaro Bautista finished in fourth place, fifteen points off Jonathan Rea's championship lead. Only eleven riders scored points.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||11:10'23.258|
|3||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||11:10'23.750|
|4||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R||11:10'24.373|
|5||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||11:10'24.868|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||11:10'25.908|
|7||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||11:10'07.035|
|8||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||11:10'07.337|
|9||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||11:10'08.687|
|10||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||11:10'09.565|
|11||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||11:10'16.715|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||11:10'22.477|
|RET||10||P. HICKMAN||BMW S1000 RR||11:10'09.626|
|RET||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||6|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6|
|RET||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||6|
|RET||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||11:10'21.607|