Eugene Laverty, fresh from announcing his new role in the Bonovo BMW team, was ruled unfit for this afternoon's twenty two lap race while Alex Lowes pulled out due to a bout of gastroenteritis. The weekend attendance was 37,081 as the temperature climbed to 29ºC.
Toprak Razgatlioglu led Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi as Jonathan Rea got pushed back to fifth place. Axel Bassani pushed Rinaldi aside to take third off him and Rea followed him to fourth. Rinaldi took two places back to start lap two back in third place ahead of Rea. Scott Redding sat in sixth place, ahead of Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona. Razgatlioglu set a 1'31.916 fastest lap ahead of Bautista, Rinaldi and Rea. Rea took third place into turn one on the brakes, putting two Ducatis behind him and one in front. The gap from the leading six, with Redding in sixth, climbed to over a second. On lap four, Rinaldi hit turn one in front of Rea, but he ran in too hot and lost the front, all on his own.
Lap five, Bautista led over the line but Razgatlioglu had the inside line and kept his lead. Scott Redding pushed Bassani to fifth place as the leading trio led him by over a second. Bautista shot past Razgatlioglu down the straight, with an obvious speed advantage, but had too much speed and had to run on at turn one, conceding second place to Rea.
At the start of lap seven, it was Rea's turn to overtake Razgatlioglu, but he held the lead through the first few turns, the pair over a second clear of Bautista. Razgatlioglu returned the favour a lap later, taking the lead from Rea as Bautista closed up. Bassani took fourth place off Redding down the straight, demonstrating the difference between the Ducati and the BMW, but Redding held on to Bassani, closing up throughout the lap. Redding pulled alongside Bassani to start lap ten and took fourth place back in to turn one.
At the start of lap eleven, Alvaro Bautista led over the line but Jonathan Rea took the inside line into turn one, with Toprak Razgatlioglu getting pushed back to third place by Bautista. Rea held the lead, but took a slower line, forcing Bautista to give up a pass attempt. A lap later, Bautista led over the line again, but Rea took it back into the chicanes at the start of the lap. At that start of lap thirteen, Bautista used his speed advantage to lead over the line again, this time taking the lead ahead of Rea into turn one. Razgatlioglu remained in contact a quarter of a second off Rea's rear.
Lap fourteen had the leading trio covered by half a second throughout the lap and four tenths the lap later. Razgatlioglu took second place to start lap fifteen, outbraking Rea into turn one. Razgatlioglu set about hounding Bautista, but couldn't get a wheel under the Ducati to try and disrupt Bautista. With seven laps left, Bautista couldn't shake his rivals. Razgatlioglu made a turn twenty pass to take the lead, but Bautista powered past over the line. Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one, giving Rea a chance to try to pass Bautista.
Lap eighteen, Bautista wasn't able to close before the line and Razgatlioglu held the lead through the first few turns. A lap later, Razgatlioglu's lead was six tenths of a second clear of Bautista and Rea as Toprak Razgatlioglu set a fastest lap of 1'31.713 as he started to rabbit away at the front while Rea hounded Bautista.
Two laps left, Toprak Razgatlioglu led by over a second, another fastest lap of 1'31.705, as Bautista had a little breathing room behind him as Rea missed a corner on the previous lap. A lap later, at the start of the last lap, the leading trio had settled into their positions, with Razgatlioglu clear of Bautista with Rea over a second further back.
Toprak Razgatlioglu cleanly won the race ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea with Scott Redding over six seconds off the podium ahead of Axel Bassani.
Razgatlioglu's victory put him five places closer to Bautista and nine points closer to Rea, closing the gap to seven points, but Bautista extended his lead over Rea to thirty one while dropping to only thirty eight points from Razgatlioglu.
|1||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R||0.756|
|3||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2.833|
|4||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||9.693|
|5||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||11.970|
|6||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||5.674|
|7||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||23.418|
|8||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||26.436|
|9||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||27.914|
|10||29||L. BERNARDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||30.857|
|11||2||R. TAMBURINI||Yamaha YZF R1||42.047|
|12||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||45.735|
|13||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||46.989|
|14||10||P. HICKMAN||BMW M1000RR||0.076|
|15||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||59.050|
|16||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'01.271|
|17||77||R. VICKERS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'13.958|
|18||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||1'17.001|
|RET||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||2 Laps|
|RET||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||4 Laps|
|RET||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||18 Laps|
|RET||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||19 Laps|