The World Superbike Superpole race was ten short laps with not all riders choosing to use the dedicated sprint race tyre.
Jonathan Rea, running an SC0 tyre, got to turn one third, but forced his way under Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding to take the lead mid-corner. Scott Redding took the lead in turn five. Making the most of the SCX sprint tyre. On lap two, Razgatlioglu passed Rea and Redding into turn one, but Rea covered the inside line into turn two and led out of turn three after setting the fastest lap. Razgatlioglu took the lead a couple of turns later. Redding took the lead into turn one, but Razgatlioglu defended on the brakes to retain the lead.
Garrett Gerloff and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were in touch with the three-way fight over the lead, with Alex Lowes almost a second behind them in sixth place. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap again and held his lead into lap four. Scott Redding made a mistake into turn six, with Rea nearly following him, letting Rea and Gerloff past on the inside. Rea set the fastest lap in second position on lap four, with a second covering the leading five riders.
Rea set the fastest lap again and, into turn one of lap six, he attempted a pass into turn one to take the lead from Razgatlioglu who lifted his rear wheel on the brakes and had to release the brakes briefly, letting Rea take the lead. Alex Lowes latched onto the back of the leading five and started looking for a way past fifth-placed Rinaldi. Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty were over two seconds behind the slash and dash at the front in seventh and eighth. Into lap eight, Redding took third back from Gerloff as a gap appeared in front of Rinaldi with the pace of the leading four in the 1'36 as Rea set the fastest lap again, escaping to eight tenths of a seconds clear of Razgatlioglu.
Jonathan Rea opened the last lap with a nine tenths of a second lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Garrett Gerloff was too far behind to disrupt the fight between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding, but he was clear enough of Michael Ruben Rinaldi to assure his fourth place.
Jonathan Rea took the win on the harder tyre, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Jonathan Rea leads Scott Redding in the championship by thirteen points, and with winning on the SC0 tyre, probably gives Redding hard choices for race two. Toprak Razgatlioglu closes to thirteen points behind Scott Redding with Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff consolidating their fourth and fifth places.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||0.690|
|3||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1.180|
|4||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||2.059|
|5||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3.583|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3.623|
|7||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||7.062|
|8||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M 1000 RR||7.831|
|9||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||8.969|
|10||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||9.581|
|11||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||10.013|
|12||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||10.850|
|13||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||11.419|
|14||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||15.703|
|15||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||16.678|
|16||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||16.810|
|17||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||20.194|
|18||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||22.250|
|19||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||39.192|
|20||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'01.246|
|RET||76||S. CAVALIERI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|RET||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|