World Superbike started at Donington Park and all these years later still hosts exciting races. Twenty three laps under an uncharacteristically scorching English sun, with the air at 24ºC and the track at 42ºC, the English crowds had something to enjoy. Tyre choice would be important, with Rea, Lowes, Redding and Bautista all taking the development SC1 front tyre and the SCX rear while Razgatlioglu and Rinaldi chose the same front but an SC0 rear. Philip Oetll would start the race three places further back because of dangerous and irresponsible riding in Free Practice Two.
The race started with Toprak Razgatlioglu getting the jump on the Kawasakis and taking the lead into turn one. Jonathan Rea tried to take the lead in to the Fogarty Esses but suffered from a bit of a wobble. On lap two, Alex Lowes took second place from Alvaro Bautista with Rea in fourth place behind them only for Bautista to take second back.
Lap four, and Jonathan Rea took third place from his teammate, leaving him to fend off Scott Redding, making the most of his new swingarm in fifth place. As Razgatlioglu escaped at the front, almost a second clear of Bautista by lap five, Rea almost lost the rear exiting the Esses, fishtailing the rear coming off the kerbs as he tried to take second place in a duel that would continue for lap after lap.
On lap eight, Razgatliogli led by by over a second and a half as Rea leaned on Bautista exiting the Melbourne Hairpin and the pair duelled through the first third of the track with Rea looking for a way past. On lap nine, Rea tried on the inside of turn eleven and made a tight pass into Goddards, the treacherous final turn, as Bautista missed the apex. Rea got past and stared down a two and a half second gap to Razgatlioglu in the distance.
A lap later, the gap was still over a second and a half. Two seconds behind third-placed Alvaro Bautista, Scott Redding battled with Alex Lowes for fourth place, over a second clear of Iker Lacuna and Axel Bassani.
At half race distance, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista by over three seconds. At the start of lap thirteen, that gap was three and a half seconds as Razgatliuoglu lapped two tenths of a second quicker than Rea who was defending against an onslaught of passing attempts from Bautista. A lap later, Razgatlioglu's lead was over four seconds. Scott Redding, two seconds behind Rea and Bautista, had broken free of Alex Lowes and led him by over a second. At the end of lap fifteen, Rea overshot the entry into the final corner, his bike suffering over the tiny bumps of Goddards, and Bautista pounced on his chance to take second place back. A lap later, Bautista lots the front in the same corner and he crashed out, letting Rea charge into second place and putting Scott Redding into a podium place.
Alvaro Bautista recovered in last place, pitting in, as his championship rivals escaped, Razgatlioglu leading Rea by almost six seconds with six laps to go. Alex Lowes in fourth place closed up to Scott Redding, two and a half seconds off Rea, and the pair nearly touched in the Melbourne Hairpin as Lowes unsuccessfully tried to pass. With four laps to go, Lowes made a pass into the Esses stick but Redding struck back into the hairpin. Lowes passed into GHoddards, but Redding took third place back into turn one. Lowes took third place into the Craner Curves and held it for the remainder of the lap.
With two laps to go, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by over seven seconds, with Alex Lowes and Scott Redding over three seconds further back. Razgatlioglu started the last lap with a clear chance for his first feature race victory and ticked off every corner neatly, checking to see if he had showboating time as he turned the last corner. Seeing nobody behind him, he hoiked his Yamaha into a stoppie and crossed the line in true Toprak style, on his front wheel.
Toprak Razgatlioglu won the race convincingly, with Jonathan Rea second and Alex Lowes third. Alex Lowes and fourth-placed Scott Redding had their best results of the year in front of their home crowds. Axel Bassani was the highest placed independent rider and highest placed Ducati, finishing ahead of sixth-placed Michael Ruben Rinaldi.
Toprak Razgatlioglu's victory, with Alvaro Bautista's DNF, closed the world champion to within fifty four points of the leader and only thirty eight behind second-placed Jonathan Rea. Rea's second place meant he is only sixteen points behind the championship leader.
|1||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6.397|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||9.499|
|4||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||11.515|
|5||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||12.820|
|6||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1.662|
|7||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||17.127|
|8||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||17.438|
|9||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||24.903|
|10||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||3.595|
|11||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||31.467|
|12||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||33.514|
|13||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||33.647|
|14||95||T. MACKENZIE||Yamaha YZF R1||34.870|
|15||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||44.961|
|16||37||I. MYKHALCHYK||BMW M1000RR||45.205|
|17||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||52.808|
|18||29||L. BERNARDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||53.315|
|19||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||54.779|
|20||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||55.987|
|21||2||R. TAMBURINI||Yamaha YZF R1||56.072|
|22||10||P. HICKMAN||BMW M1000RR||1'00.554|
|23||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'07.239|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R||7 Laps|
|RET||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||13|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||6|