Eighteen laps of the longest track of the season for the third time this year in the first back to back race weekend at Motorland Aragon. After last weekend's races, a third of the grid followed Alvaro Bautista's podium choice from last Sunday of the sprint race SCX tyre.
Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding, both armed with Pirelli Supercorsa SC0 tyres, took to the front as Michael Ruben Rinaldi, chancing the SCX Superpole Race tyre, lifted his front wheel and bogged down a little but he recovered well and slotted into third place ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Tom Sykes. Rinaldi made quick work of Redding, out-gripping him, and took the lead from Rea down the long straight, out-speeding him.
On the second lap, Rinaldi set the fastest lap and didn't look lie he was going to lose the lead. Four laps in, Rinaldi, Rea and Redding finally split off the main group and Alvaro Bautista passed Toprak Razgatlioglu to lead the second group, with sixth placed Chaz Davies, taking a roll of the dice with the SCX tyre, at the back of the second pack.
On lap five, Michael Ruben Rinaldi started breaking away from Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding as Chaz Davies passed Toprak Razgatlioglu for fifth place. By lap seven, when Alvaro Bautista caught Scott Redding, Rinaldi had stretched his lead out to two seconds. Bautista started probing for a way past Redding.
At turn four of lap eight, Scott Redding tried to maintain his lead over Alvaro Bautista, but he tried too hard into turn four, with a little too much speed necessitating a little too much lean angle, and he slid his bike into the gravel. He returned to his garage on the back of a scooter and was emotionally broken by his mistake, visibly distraught.
Alvaro Bautista, on the same flavour tyre he claimed a podium last Sunday, was just over a second behind second-placed Jonathan Rea and a second and a half ahead of Chaz Davies, but Davies was closing in, having found a rhythm on the short race tyre in spite of his height and weight disadvantage of the others who were making the risky tyre work.
On lap fourteen of eighteen, Michael Ruben Rinaldi had a lead of over six seconds from championship leader Jonathan Rea who was clear of Alvaro Bautista by almost two seconds, but Bautista made a small mistake that allowed Davies to catch him and the pair swapped places back and forth, down the last straight and into the last corner. Bautista exited turn seventeen, on to the straight, sliding the rear tyre slightly while Davies's Ducati kept a clean drive onto the straight and he lined up a neat pass down the straight and into turn one. Bautista tried to keep up, but at turn fourteen, he ran out of grip and crashed his Honda, giving Davies the room he needed to race his own race.
Five seconds behind Davies, Michael van der Mark took advantage of a mistake by Toprak Razgatlioglu to steal fourth place. Behind them, the battle for sixth place was a six-rider affair containing the usual suspects.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi won his first World Superbike race almost seven seconds clear of second-placed Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies. On the podium, Rinaldi shed tears of joy as Chaz Davies congratulated his "annoying little brother" from the third step of the podium.
Jonathan Rea's second place extended his championship lead to thirty points over Scott Redding, and Chaz Davies's third place pushed him past Toprak Razgattlioglu for third place. Michael van der Mark's fourth place kept him in fifth place in the championship. Rinaldi's win puts him in a significant lead in the independent championship and did his career prospects no harm at all.
|1||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5.888|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||4.147|
|4||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||15.965|
|5||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||19.357|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||24.138|
|7||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||24.275|
|8||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||24.749|
|9||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||25.437|
|10||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||26.796|
|11||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||27.354|
|12||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||28.096|
|13||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||33.131|
|14||71||M. FERRARI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||44.847|
|15||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||59.529|
|16||77||M. SCHEIB||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3 Laps|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||4 Laps|
|RET||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|RET||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||11 Laps|
|RET||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|RET||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R|