World Superbike's last ten lap Superpole race of the year had a delayed pitman opening due to a downpour that appeared just as riders were about to get out to the grid. Puddles on the grid meant tyre choice would be important and the race was declared wet with the wind and sun adding to the unpredictability of the conditions.
When the race eventually started, five minutes late, Toprak Razgatlioglu forced his way to the front with Andrea Locatelli following him. Alvaro Bautista was pushed out of position to fifteenth on his slick tyres by all the riders on intermediate tyres having better grip round corners. Alex Lowes pushed from fourth to first and Jonathan Rea passed Locatelli to get third place before the start of the second lap. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two, as the leading three riders were covered by a quarter of a second, almost two seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli and Garrett Gerloff.
Michael van der Mark pitted in to change his tyres.
At the start of lap four, Rea passed Razgatlioglu bit it was Xavi Vierge who set the fastest lap, a 1'38.045, just two thousandths of a second quicker than Garrett Gerloff in front of him. A lap later, Bautista set a 1'34.617 on his slick tyres in eighth place. Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Toprak Razgatlioglu all had a wet front and intermediate rear tyre and Rea took the lead ahead of Razgatlioglu and Lowes.
At half race distance, Alvaro Bautista was less than seven seconds behind the leaders, lapping at similar pace to the leaders in traffic in seventh place. Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu with Alex Lowes almost two seconds off the lead. Lap six and Bautista set a 1'33.572, two seconds quicker than everyone else and carving his way past Vierge and Gerloff with ease.
At turn ten, Razgatlioglu took the lead from Rea with Alex Lowes under two seconds behind. Alvaro Bautista was over a second off Lowes and a second a lap quicker. Rea was glued to the back of Razgatlioglu with the pair three seconds off third-placed Bautista who passed Lowes and set a 1'32.636, two seconds a lap quicker than Rea, catching and passing him with ease and lining Razgatlioglu for a pass and making its stick over Lukey Heights and disappearing into the distance at two seconds a lap pace.
Alvaro Bautista won by over three seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea who were separated by under a tenth of a second. This would be their positions for the second race this afternoon. Alex Lowes took fourth place to head the second row alongside Andrea Locatelli and Scott Redding who started from the pit lane after making a bold choice to change tyres before the race. Garrett Gerloff led the Xavis Vierge and Fores.
Jonathan Rea described Bautista's slick tyre strategy as "Big Balls."
Second and third places in the championship were decided this race, with Razgatlioglu taking second behind Bautista and Rea taking third.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R|
|2||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||3.285|
|3||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3.328|
|4||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6.670|
|5||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||2.568|
|6||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||9.328|
|7||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||12.173|
|8||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||13.427|
|9||12||X. FORES||Ducati Panigale V4R||17.416|
|10||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||18.069|
|11||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||27.298|
|12||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||29.522|
|13||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||32.064|
|14||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||35.276|
|15||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||35.868|
|16 P||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||40.015|
|17||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||50.920|
|18||11||K. SMITH||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||51.281|
|19||49||T. NAGASHIMA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||51.701|
|20||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'03.042|
|21 P||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M1000RR||8.937|
|22||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||24.418|