The first of six races at Motorland Aragon was eighteen laps around a windy circuit at 22ºC. The track is well known for a photogenic historical wall, a corkscrew-alike sequence and its long back straight leading to slipstreaming and positions determined into the last series of left-handers onto the start/finish straight. The Ducatis and Hondas have the best speeds down the long straight, with the lightweight Alvaro Bautista setting the fastest speed of 322kph in practice and qualifying. Eugene Laverty crashed on the sighting lap, before arriving at the grid, but his bike was ruled safe to start, prior to the formation lap.
Jonathan Rea started in pole position, with Loris Baz and Scott Redding in second and third places. Choices on rear tyres were pretty much the same across the grid, but Jonathan Rea fitted a harder front tyre. Jonathan Rea got a bad start, lifting his front wheel twice in his run to turn one, and Loris Baz led Alex Lowes and Scott Redding at the start of the lap, with Jonathan Rea quickly making up time, taking third off Baz and second off Redding, he took the lead at turn twelve and thirteen. Michael van der Mark rounded out the top five that built a lead from the battle for sixth headed by Leon Haslam.
On the second lap, Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap with a 1'50.623, but Chaz Davies having fought from a third row start, passed Leon Haslam and Toprak Razgatlioglu and, with clear track in front of him in fifth place, set the fastest lap of 1'50.394. Davies then closed up to make the leading group six bikes long. On lap four, Scott Redding used the superior top speed of the Ducati down the straight to get past Alex Lowes and take second place.
As lap five started, the Kawasakis of Rea and Lowes split by the second placed Ducati of Scott Redding led, with van der Mark and Davies a second behind. At turn three, however, Alex Lowes lost rear grip under power and crashed his bike, having to run off track to avoid getting hit. Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding were away at the front with over a second to Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark, Davies breaking away a few tenths a lap from the Yamaha.
On lap eight, after Garrett Gerloff crashed out of ninth place, Scott Redding passed Jonathan Rea for the lead into turn one, but Jonathan Rea kept on the back of Redding over the next few laps, closing to Redding's bike in the early corners, and losing touch down the long back straight. Redding and Rea held a lead of over a second from Chaz Davies who was two seconds clear of Michael van der Mark's battle with Michael Ruben Rinaldi ahead of a closing Honda.
Alvaro Bautista was lapping around four tenths quicker than the riders ahead of him, eventually catching up with Rinaldi behind Davies on lap thirteen, but at turn five, Bautista crashed.
Two laps later, Jonathan Rea, after looking for a way past Scott Redding in the early turns, he made a mistake, losing half a second going wide, giving Redding almost a second of a lead and giving Davies behind him a sniff of second place. At tuen one of lap sixteen of eighteen, Davies took second place from Rea into turn one, and kept the five time world champion from striking back. Davies then set into the gap between himself and Redding in the lead, getting to within three tenths of a second, but Scott Redding didn't make a single mistake on the last couple of laps and Davies couldn't take the lead from him.
Scott Redding took the win ahead of his teammate Chaz Davies, Ducati taking the top two spots of the podium, while Jonathan Rea took third place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi finished the top independent rider, having beaten Michael van der Mark in their race-long fight, while Toprak Razgatlioglu inherited sixth place, ten seconds further back.
Scott Redding now leads the championship, with Jonathan Rea five points behind him. Chaz Davies leapfrogs Michael van er Mark and Alex Lowes to fourth place, eighteen points adrift of third-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu. With five more races here, it's Redding's turn to make hay while the sun shines.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.304|
|3||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2.123|
|4||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||7.453|
|5||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||8.365|
|6||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||18.851|
|7||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||20.226|
|8||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||26.971|
|9||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||27.054|
|10||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||29.283|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale V4 R||30.270|
|12||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||40.070|
|13||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||42.267|
|14||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||54.075|
|15||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||57.737|
|16||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||59.805|
|17||63||L. GABELLINI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1'22.202|
|RET||77||M. SCHEIB||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5 Laps|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||6 Laps|
|RET||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||12 Laps|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14 Laps|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||14 Laps|
|RET||23||C. PONSSON||Aprilia RSV4 1000||16 Laps|