The sprint race, a vast improvement in entertainment over the reverse grid for mixing up the grid for race two, did not offer any surprises in tyre choice, with everyone wearing the softest front and the SCX rear. Ten long laps of Motorland Aragon with twelve points up for grabs for the the winner followed.
Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding got off to a good start with Michael Ruben Rinaldi lifting his front wheel and conceding a few bike lengths again, but Rinaldi held off Toprak Razgatlioglu for third place. As Rea was getting into his rhythm, Scott Redding pilled a blinder on turn fifteen, surprising the championship leader and giving Redding the lead. Rea looked for a way back all this lap and the next, briefly leading in turn six only for Redding to take the lead back in turn seven. Redding, in spite of the mid-lap duel set, and briefly held, the fastest lap, only for Alex Lowes in fifth place to snatch it from him seconds later with a 1'49.686.
On lap three, Redding and Rea rode at the front side-by-side for a while, but Redding was determined to hold the lead and did not concede the place to the world champion. Behind the lead, Michael Ruben Rinaldi led Alex Lowes who passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn one, with Razgatlioglu dropping off the leading five and beginning the focus for the fight over sixth place.
At half race distance, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea broke free of the influence of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alex Lowes, and Lowes made a mistake and got caught by the battle between Alvaro Bautista, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Chaz Davies who were shuffling places at the start of the last few laps, and on lap eight, Bautista took Lowes on the brakes into turn one and Davies slipped alongside him into turn six and exited turn seven in front. Razgatlioglu couldn't keep up with the freshly increased pace on his Yamaha, not the best bike to be on at this track, as the Kawasaki, Honda and Ducati in front of him carried on fighting.
Bautista held fourth place on the last few laps, a couple of seconds behind Michael Ruben Rinaldi as Scott Redding finally got some fresh air behind him for the last lap. The front three crossed the finish line spaced out with Scott Redding taking the twelve points as the victor. Jonathan Rea was second with Michael Ruben Rinaldi filling the podium up with a third place finish. Alvaro Bautista held off Chaz Davies, fighting to the flag, with Alex Lowes a few tenths behind them in sixth place.
Scott Redding reduced Jonathan Rea's lead to twenty seven points as Michael Ruben Rinaldi increased his lead in the independent battle. The front row for race two this afternoon will have the same riders as race one only in a different order. Bautista, Davies and Lowes make up the second row with Razgatlioglu, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes filling the third.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||0.970|
|3||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3.685|
|4||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||4.833|
|5||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.264|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5.725|
|7||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||7.822|
|8||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||7.866|
|9||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||8.210|
|10||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||8.587|
|11||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||9.942|
|12||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||10.363|
|13||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||11.926|
|14||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||16.157|
|15||77||M. SCHEIB||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||16.237|
|16||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||16.529|
|17||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17.384|
|18||71||M. FERRARI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||28.204|
|19||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||30.917|
|20||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||31.003|
|21||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||32.699|