With an air temperature of 13ºC and a track of 24ºC, tyres would have it a bit easier and the wind was in the right direction for high speeds down the straight.
Alvaro Bautista beat Jonathan Rea into the first turn as Rea's Kawasaki lifted the front wheel when the lights went out. As Bautista stretched out a lead from Rea, Chaz Davies, Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and four other bikes in the leading group. On lap two, Davies passed Rea for second position as Bautista started rabbiting, setting the fastest lap as he did so.
As Alvaro Bautista escaped, Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam spent a few laps within six tenths of a second of each other with no changes until lap four when Haslam and Lowes swapped back and forth through turns two to five with Lowes defending fourth place, and a lap later Lowes squeezed past Rea into turn one to take third place. Rea looked for a few ways past Lowes but ended up having to defend fourth place from his teammate Leon Haslam.
On lap seven, Leon Haslam started snapping at Jonathan Rea, trying to pass him into turn one and showing him a wheel at various spots, letting Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes, six seconds behind Alvaro Bautista, put a gap between the fight for second and the fight for fourth. Rea and Haslam closed the gap a lap later, aided by Lowes trying to take second from Davies and after a couple more laps of close racing and Bautista putting another couple of seconds into the gap, Rea and Lowes started swapping places, with Rea holding third place in spite of going wide into turn twelve.
The advantage Chaz Davies gained by the fighting behind him was eaten up a lap later and on lap twelve, nine seconds behind Bautista, Leon Haslam took fourth place from Alex Lowes into turning, being much less polite with Lowes than he was with his teammate the previous laps.
A lap later, Leon Haslam passed Jonathan Rea for third place, with Rea fighting back immediately, but Haslam held his line and kept third place out of the first few corners. Over the next couple of laps, as Alvaro Bautista held a ten second lead, Haslam and Rea traded places a few times, but Haslam kept the advantage until lap sixteen.
With three laps left, Rea made his move, taking third place from his teammate into turn one, and latching on to Chaz Davies. The pair broke away, leaving Haslam over a second clear of Alex Lowes who was five seconds in front of Eugene Laverty's fight with Michael van Der Mark and Jordi Torres.
On lap seventeen, ten seconds behind Alvaro Bautista, Jonathan Rea passed Chaz Davies into turn four only to have Davies take second place back a turn later. Their fighting allowed Leon Haslam to close up and the three of them went into the last lap glued together.
Entering the last lap, Chaz Davies missed a backshift in turn seventeen that unsettled his bike and he went wide into turn one as a result, giving Rea a clean way past, which he took. Leon Haslam was unable to follow his teammate, and the three bike group were once again one. Jonathan Rea held second place throughout the lap with Chaz Davies within a quarter of a second most of the time. Leon Haslam couldn't keep up and finished almost half a second behind Davies.
Bautista blasted his Ducati Panigale V4 down the straight at 321.4kmh, a speed that was matched by Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam's Kawasaki. Michael Ruben Rinaldi beat them with a 322.4kmh on his Ducati on his run through the speed trap, but Eugene Laverty later set a 323.4kmh, second only to Davies's 324.3 in this morning's sprint race.
Alvaro Bautista showboated along the straight, reducing his victory to one of just seven seconds. Alvaro Bautista won again, again ahead of Jonathan Rea again, again, with Chaz Davies in third place again. Bautista has now won more opening races than anyone else and leads the championship by thirty nine points. Jonathan Rea's consistent second places keeps him increasing his lead over Alex Lowes in third place.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||6.867|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||7.127|
|4||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||7.581|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||11.549|
|6||50||E. LAVERTY||Ducati Panigale V4 R||16.797|
|7||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.825|
|8||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||18.788|
|9||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||19.329|
|10||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||20.351|
|11||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||23.546|
|12||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||23.974|
|13||2||L. CAMIER||Honda CBR1000RR||35.177|
|14||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||1'01.477|
|15||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||1'39.168|
|RET||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||10|
|RET||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||7|