Rain stopped but everyone bar one was on wet tyres. Philipp Oettl was the lone rider on an intermediate rear. Ducati needs 14 points to claim the manufacturer title.
Alvaro Bautista led Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn on e with Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes behind them. Axel Bassani passed Garrett Gerloff for sixth place behind Andrea Locatelli. Philipp Oettl pitted in after running on after the first lap.
Lap two, Alex Lowes set the fastest lap in fourth place, a 1'44.169, as Jonathan Rea took second place into turn one to start lap three. Rea took the lead into turn four and set the fastest lap of 1'43.070 on lap three. A lap later, Razgatlioglu took second place into turn four. Lowes charged past Bautista a couple of turns later, carrying much more speed into the corner.
At the start of lap five, Bautista took third placer from Lowes at the start of the lap, but Lowes took it back into turn four. At the front, a second clear of the fight for third, Razgatlioglu set a 1'43.014 and took the lead on the brakes into turn one.
Alex Lowes closed to the leaders, bringing Bautista with him as Bautista set a 1'43.014 fastest lap. Rea took a sweeping line out of turn two that gave him a tighter line into turn three, sticking his Kawasaki under Razgatlioglu. A turn later, Lowes took second place from Razgatlioglu and at the start of lap eight, after setting a fastest lap of 1'42.722, Alex Lowes took the lead, passing his teammate down the straight and sitting on the inside line into turn one, starting lap eight in the lead and finishing it with another fastest lap, a 1'41.728.
The leading four riders were covered by under a second as the track dried out. Lap nine, Razgatlioglu went wide and let Bautista snatch third place from him before Lowes and Rea set fastest laps, with Rea's 1'41.052 coming out on top. Riders started pitting in for slick tyres, with Tati Mercado following Hafizh Syahrin in tyre changes.
Jonathan Rea pits in after Syahrin's decision to switch gave him the fastest lap, a 1'39.629. Razgatlioglu also pitted in. After Rea. Lowes led Bautista and Gerloff but Bautista and Gerloff then pitted in. Lowes stayed in under 1'40 as Syahrin set a 1'37.855 in eighteenth place. Scott Redding inherited second place, twenty eight seconds off Lowes. Rea and Razgatlioglu returned in fifth and sixth, was Lowes pitted in. Rea set a 1'33.311 on the better tyre with three riders ahead of him, with Redding in the lead twenty seconds ahead of Rea. Lowes returned behind Rea, Razgatlioglu and Bautista. At the start of lap fourteen, Rea set a 1'32.735 in third place as Oliver Konig pitted in. Scott Redding and Kyle Smith led Rea by over ten seconds who had six seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu until Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on lap fourteen, a 1'32.735. Kyle Smith was passed by Jonathan Rea round the outside and Rea reclaimed the lead. Razgatlioglu powered into turn one after setting a 1'32.304, blasting past Smith for second place, under six seconds from Rea in the lead.
Xavi Vierge got a pit intervention time penalty, but it was rescinded a couple of laps later. Jonathan Rea posted a 1'32.203 on lap sixteen of twenty two, almost six seconds clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu with Alvaro Bautista nine seconds further back. Alex Lowes caught and passed Bautista into Lukey Heights. Razgatlioglu set a 1'32.005 under five and a half seconds off Rea in the lead. Andrea Locatelli also passed Bautista, passing him into turn four.
Jonathan Rea briefly held a new fastest lap only for Razgatlioglu to post a 1'31.884 five seconds behind him. Lowes led Locatelli and Bautista ten seconds off the leading pair with Axel Bassani and Garrett Gerloff twelve seconds behind them.
Lap twenty was another fastest lap, for Razgatlioglu, a 1'31.868, but ten seconds later, Lowes posted a 1'31.847 for the fastest lap.
Kyle Smith stayed out on his wet tyre, lapping six seconds slower than everyone else, started the last lap in tenth place, under two seconds clear of eleventh placed Tetsuta Nagashima, it didn't take long for Nagashima to catch and pass him.
With the leading riders spread out a bit, the last lap didn't have any fights near the front and Jonathan Rea won by six seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu. Nine seconds further back, Alex Lowes took third place three seconds ahead of Andrea Locatelli with Alvaro Bautista a further second behind.
With a well-timed pit stop, Jonathan Rea took the tactical advantage to win the race. Toprak Razgatlioglu lost too much time in his tyre change to challenge Rea and Alex Lowes lost four or five seconds every lap he didn't pit in but still finished on the podium. Garrett Gerloff was top independent rider in sixth place, behind Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista.
Jonathan Rea heads to the last day in third place in the championship thirty two points behind Toprak Razgatlioglu. Ducati claimed the manufacturer's title with a day to go.
|1||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||6.247|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||15.435|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||2.907|
|5||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R||1.027|
|6||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||36.235|
|7||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||37.641|
|8||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||43.137|
|9||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||57.704|
|10||49||T. NAGASHIMA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'01.086|
|11||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1.989|
|12||11||K. SMITH||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'06.326|
|13||12||X. FORES||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'07.099|
|14||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'08.976|
|15||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'12.006|
|16||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||1'12.785|
|17||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'16.024|
|18||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||1'22.552|
|19||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'33.661|
|20||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||1 Lap|
|RET||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M1000RR||3 Laps|
|RET||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1|