Alvaro Bautista has taken another crushing victory at Misano to take the triple for the weekend, leaving the rest of the field trailing in his wake.
It didn't look that way in the opening moments. Toprak Razgatlioglu got an outstanding start, taking the lead into the first chicane, ahead of Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Rinaldi then slid under his Aruba.it teammate at Turn 4, pushing Bautista back into third.
Bautista took half a lap to regroup, taking second back from Rinaldi through Curvone, and getting onto the back of Razgatlioglu. Another half a lap, and Bautista used the drive of the Ducati out of Turn 6 to get past the Pata Yamaha rider down the back straight on the way to Turn 8.
From there, there was no catching Bautista. The Spaniard opened a gap, and in the latter half of the race, was six tenths faster than Toprak Razgatlioglu, and 1 second or more quicker than everyone else on the grid. Bautista's lead was so big that he could afford to celebrate on the final lap, before crossing the line.
If Bautista's victory was dominant but unexciting, there was some entertainment for second. After Bautista got through on Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi also got past, and looked like making it an Aruba.it Ducati 1-2. But the Pata Yamaha rider dug in, and slowly closed the gap back to Rinaldi, and found a way past at Turn 8 on lap 15.
A lap later, Rinaldi made a mistake into Turn 1, trying to brake to catch Razgatlioglu, and clipped the rear of the Yamaha before crashing out. That left Razgatlioglu safe in second.
Axel Bassani came home in third on the Motocorsa Ducati, after having fended off challenges from Jonathan Rea. The Kawasaki rider finished a comfortable fourth, while Xavi Vierge put the Honda into fifth, ahead of a tight fight with Andrea Locatelli on the second Pata Yamaha, and Danilo Petrucci on the Barni Ducati.
|1||1||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R|
|2||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||8.446|
|3||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||18.368|
|4||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||20.174|
|5||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||22.344|
|6||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||23.307|
|7||9||D. PETRUCCI||Ducati Panigale V4R||23.552|
|8||31||G. GERLOFF||BMW M1000 RR||24.905|
|9||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||25.255|
|10||87||R. GARDNER||Yamaha YZF R1||27.253|
|11||77||D. AEGERTER||Yamaha YZF R1||27.529|
|12||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000 RR||36.856|
|13||66||T. SYKES||BMW M1000 RR||38.066|
|14||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000 RR||52.235|
|15||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'02.594|
|16||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'09.448|
|RET||28||B. RAY||Yamaha YZF R1||4 Laps|
|RET||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||6 Laps|
|RET||34||L. BALDASSARRI||Yamaha YZF R1||7 Laps|
|RET||70||L. VITALI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||10 Laps|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||14 Laps|
|RET||88||R. MIZUNO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||19 Laps|
|RET||53||T. RABAT||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|