Race one was red flagged on the first lap due to a crash caused by rain. The restart was declared a wet race and led to one of the most unusual races so far.
After an 18 lap dangerous scrap in the rain, Frenchman Loris Baz was the eventual winner ahead of Michel Fabrizio. Third place was Ayrton Badovini's crashing bike, with Badovini close by.
Pole sitter Jakub Smrz and his ex-team mate Sylvain Guintoli were the only riders to ride with wet weather tyres, even though the race was declared wet. This put them at a serious disadvantage as for the first two thirds of the race, it was a dry or drying track. When the rain eventually did come, they were already a lap down and had ruined their rubber.
Leon Haslam was an early leader in front of his home crowd, followed by the Kawasakis of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes. After a few laps, Carlos Checa pushed to the front and built a considerable lead that he would hold for ten laps, until the rains returned. It wasn't a heavy rain, but it was enough to change the entire dynamic of the race.
Leon Camier, who was fighting for the podium almost the entire race, stuck his hand out to get the race stopped, but as it was a wet race, it could not be stopped by the riders. Camier crashed out shortly after, riding beyond safe limits in the conditions.
As more riders started falling back, it was a question of bravery and foolhardiness that would determine the podium. Loris Baz, maintaining his nation's reputation for producing good wet weather racers, was riding around the outside of his opponents throughout the race and showed he had the form and luck to claim his first win in a world championship. Michel Fabrizio came from the middle of the field to claim second while Ayrton Badovini crashed out exiting the last corner yet still earned third place. Jonathan Rea in fourth hit Badovini's bike and ended up crashing out as well.
This race will create a lot of debate about safety, especially as a wet race cannot be stopped by the riders risking their health on the track. It's unfortunate that this will overshadow the debut win of a rising star.
|1||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'07.895|
|2||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||2'07.888||0.383|
|3||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||2'06.764||0.459|
|4||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||2'07.749||0.539|
|5||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||2'06.969||1.012|
|6||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||2'07.524||2.619|
|7||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||2'07.596||6.123|
|8||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'07.250||9.170|
|9||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||2'07.020||19.022|
|10||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'08.035||19.087|
|11||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||2'07.904||29.840|
|12||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||2'07.638||30.158|
|13||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||2'08.381||44.222|
|14||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'10.954||1'20.387|
|15||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'07.540||1'42.698|
|16||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||2'22.750||1 Lap|
|17||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||2'24.316||1 Lap|
|RET||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'07.769||1 Lap|
|RET||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'07.121||4 Laps|
|RET||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||2'09.622||4 Laps|
|RET||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'08.394||8 Laps|
|NS||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR|
|NS||20||JOHNSON D||Kawasaki ZX-10R|