As the air temperature hit thirty five degrees centigrade, fun-loving Toprak Razgatlioglu did some show-boating on the sighting lap, in spite of a lack of audience. After a quick wheelie, he did a slow rear slide that turned into the simplest lowside crash, spinning in the middle of the track. He picked it up and sheepishly made the grid for the race start.
Jonathan Rea once again hit turn one first, ahead of Scott Redding and Loris Baz, but as Michael van der Mark got pushed back into the first few turns, Toprak Razgatlioglu charged through from tenth place getting up to fifth place in a handful of corners and ending the first lap in third place, reminding us why the reverse grid was scrapped.
Into the first turn, Scott Redding passed Jonathan Rea into the first turn as Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu sorted themselves out in third and fourth places. Scott Redding set the fastest lap as he started to break away in the lead and on lap three Chaz Davies finally made a pass stick on Toprak Razgatlioglu.
On lap five, over a second behind Redding, Davies was visibly quicker than Rea and pecked at his rear, looking for a pass. At turn nine, an unusual passing place, Davies passed the reigning champion and set off after his teammate. Rea spent lap six swapping places with Toprak Razgatlioglu, and Alex Lowes tried to pass the duelling duo into turn six, overcooking the entry and passing both Razgatlioglu and Rea only to push Razgatlioglu off his like and have Rea pass them both back for third place. Behind the action, Loris Baz slid out of turn thirteen and ended up in last place after picking his bike up.
Eight laps in, Razgatlioglu once again passed Jonathan Rea, this time into turn six, and Alex Lowes tried to follow him though. A second behind the battle fir third place, Michael van der Mark suddenly had company as Michael Ruben Rinaldi caught him up after fighting through Alvaro Bautista, Garett Gerloff and Leon Haslam. After closing the three second gap to van der Mark, he tried to pass the Yamaha rider at turn five and put himself inside into turn six, but as van der Mark fought back, Rinaldi held on through turns seven and eight, ending the three corner run on the inside and holding sixth place, closing on Alex Lowes over the next few laps.
Once clear of Rea, Razgatlioglu was able to gap the riders behind him but the three second gap to second-placed Chaz Davies was an unreasonable distance to close. Thirteen laps in, Rinaldi started to try to pass Lowes, passing him into turn five, and charging down the long straight to try to pass Jonathan Rea. A lap later, he nearly made the lap six pass work for him but went in too deep. At turn nine, he passed Rea again, but Rea took fourth place back on the exit. At the end of the lap, a frustrated Michael Ruben Rinaldi slid both wheels into turn thirteen and held a tight line to pass Rea and hold fourth place down the straight.
At three quarter race distance, fifteen laps in, Scott Redding and Chaz Davies, with a consistent gap of just over two seconds between them were riding at the same place over three seconds clear of third-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu. Three seconds further behind, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was a second clear of the Kawasaki teammates fighting over fifth place, and on lap seventeen, Alex Lowes, using an SCX rear tyre, took fifth place off Jonathan Rea at turn six and the race was set.
Scott Redding won his second World Superbike race, set the fastest lap and extended his championship lead over Jonathan Rea. His Ducati teammate Chaz Davies had his best result of the year and lifted himself to fifth place in the championship, ahead of Michael van der Mark.
Toprak Razgatlioglu closed to within two points of Alex Lowes maintaining his fourth place in the championship, while Jonathan Rea held onto second place, but lost a point to Alex Lowes. Michael Ruben Rinaldi equalled his best ever result with his fourth place.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3.082|
|3||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||5.472|
|4||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||8.709|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||10.772|
|6||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||12.501|
|7||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||13.760|
|8||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||17.472|
|9||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||19.938|
|10||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||21.375|
|11||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||23.555|
|12||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||28.209|
|13||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||29.128|
|14||11||S. CORTESE||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||35.062|
|15||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale V4 R||35.269|
|16||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||38.450|
|17||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||44.444|
|18||77||M. SCHEIB||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||45.370|
|19||63||L. GABELLINI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1'08.007|
|RET||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3 Laps|
|RET||23||C. PONSSON||Aprilia RSV4 1000||6 Laps|
|RET||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||9 Laps|
|RET||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||14 Laps|