After a few minutes of delay for rain in sectors 1 and 4, World Superbike race one finally started their sighting lap, twenty hours after intended, with Toprak Razgatlioglu nearly coming a cropper into turn one. As they returned to the grid, they were met by their teams instead of the lights, and they lined up to wait for the weather again. The race distance was dropped from twenty one to twenty laps and they were given five minutes to change their tyres.
Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea both lined up on slick tyres. The track temperature was down at 35ºC.
Jonathan Rea led Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu with Tom Sykes the only rider keeping up with the leading three. Razgatlioglu took second place off Redding into turn ten and started lap two on Rea's tail. Scott Redding sat over a second behind the leading two, with Tom Sykes and Axel Bassani behind him.
Axel Bassani started lap three, after setting a fastest lap of 1'39.474, in fourth place, having passed Tom Sykes. At the front, Toprak Razgatlioglu pushed past Jonathan Rea into turn one to take the lead. Razgatlioglu lifted the rear into turn ten, tipping in on one wheel. Michael Van der Mark set a fastest lap of 1'38.295 as Axel Bassani took third place from Redding.
After missing the apex into turn ten, Axel Bassani had a better exit from the corner and used it to pull alongside Jonathan Rea and force his way into second place into turn twelve. A lap later, at turn ten, Bassani took the lead from Razgatlioglu. Chaz Davies set a fastest lap of 1'38.018 on lap four. Jonathan Rea got past razgatlioglu and pushed Bassani out of the way into the last corners, setting a fastest lap of 1'37.418. Razgatlioglu took second from Bassani and then swapped back and forth with Rea in turns ten and twelve. Razgatlioglu in second place set a fastest lap of 1'36.772 as he duelled with his championship rival.
The track started climbing as the sun came out. Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Axel Bassani and Scott Redding, with Tom Sykes holding fifth place from Michael Van der Mark, Andrea Locatelli and Chaz Davies. Jonathan Rea set a fastest lap of 1'36.340 as he led the start of lap eight. Lap eight was another fastest lap for Rea, a 1'35.830.
As Rea and Razgatlioglu carried on their fight, with Razgatlioglu forced his way under Rea into turn ten, but behind them Scott Redding set the fastest lap with a 1'35.461 as he closed up to the fighting leaders, bringing Axel Bassani with him. Rea used the last corners to take the lead back to start lap eleven.
At half race distance, Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Scott Redding and Axel Bassani, but Razgatlioglu took advantage of Rea going wide to regain the lead. Scott Redding watched Rea avoid Razgatlioglu into turns fifteen and sixteen and snuck underneath to take second place behind Razgatlioglu. Axel Bassani remained in touch as the leading trio swapped places.
Toprak Razgatlioglu slid both wheels into turn fifteen, gliding out onto the kerbs and nearly crashing out. Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea picked up the pieces as Razgatlioglu recovered in front of Axel Bassani. Scott Redding in the lead set a 1'34.800. A lap later, Jonathan Rea set a 1'34.413 as he nipped at Redding's heels. Rea looked for ways to take the lead, looking past Redding, but Redding had found a rhythm and looked comfortable in the lead.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was over a second behind Redding and Rea, with Axel Bassani over a second behind. Jonathan Rea needed to pass Redding to stay in with a chance of the title. With just over four laps left, Rea made his move as Redding was slightly offline into turn ten, showing Rea a gap he had to go for.
With four laps to go, Rea led Redding and Razgatlioglu and the leading trio held their places all lap, with Redding and Razgatlioglu swapping paint, and they started lap eighteen of twenty in the same places, but Razgatlioglu forced a pass into turn one to take second off Redding. Razgatlioglu would take the title if he held this place.
Jonathan Rea started lap nineteen with over a second from the fighting bikes behind him, bot over the length of the lap, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding closed up, with Razgatlioglu setting a 1'34.288 as he closed.
The start of the last lap, Scott Redding watched as Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu escaped, without Razgatlioglu able to close on Rea, and Jonathan Rea took the victory ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding with Andrea Locatelli and Axel Bassani picking up fourth and fifth places over five seconds off the podium fight.
Second place for Toprak Razgatlioglu was enough for him to claim his first world championship, ending Jonathan Rea's run of championships to six.
Razgatlioglu rode to a makeshift changing room, a Yamaha blue windbreaker, and took his time to transform into his final form, a gold-clad champion, in full gold leathers and helmet, pulling stoppies and a rolling burnout down the pit lane. After running out of stoppie opportunities, Razgatlioglu made his way to Parc Fermé to get a big hug from his team and Jonathan Rea.
Toprak Razgatlioglu is the first Yamaha champion since Ben Spies in 2009 and is the third youngest World Superbike champion, after James Toseland and Troy Corser.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||0.670|
|3||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||2.155|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||7.644|
|5||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||8.133|
|6||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||9.809|
|7||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||13.949|
|8||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14.059|
|9||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||22.907|
|10||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||25.525|
|11||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||25.609|
|12||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||26.267|
|13||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||27.168|
|14||76||S. CAVALIERI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||43.748|
|15||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||50.244|