Nineteen laps in the morning's race at 22ºC.
Jonathan Rea got so perfect a start that it looked like a jump-start, but it was confirmed that it was clean, and very quick. Rea was followed into turn one by Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli tried a tricky pass on Melandri, making an early challenge as is his style, but it didn't work and he dropped behind Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes after an off-track excursion. Davies did what Guintoli couldn't and passed Melandri for second place.