Rain was showing south of the track, but luckily it didn't get close to the track and left the riders to get on with twenty two more laps of close racing.
Similar to the first race, Jonathan Rea led Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies into the first corner, with Michael van der Mark, Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres close behind. This time round, though, Davies took second place off Haslam quickly and stayed there for seven laps.
On the fifth lap, van der Mark passed Haslam, but Haslam quickly took third place back off him, and he would have to wait a couple more laps before gaining position. On the seventh lap, with the top six, from Rea back to Torres, being covered by under eight tenths of a second, Haslam and van der Mark started a charge that took them past Davies then Rea, a charge that van der Mark continued out of turn one on the eighth lap to take the lead from Haslam. Van der Mark led a World Superbike race for five laps in his first weekend, but in under a lap, he was passed by Haslam, Rea and Davies over a series of corners, falling back to fourth place behind the podium guys from race one.
On the fifteenth lap, while the front four were unchanged, Troy Bayliss, who at one point was in seventh place and fighting, rode into the pits and had his crew perform a tyre change. He went back out in last place and fought his way back to a sixteenth place finish, just out of the points.
Jordi Torres built a gap from Tom Sykes and, with seven laps left, caught the front four, but on lap eighteen, he ploughed too deep into turn one and the front tyre lost adhesion, a fast crash that he limped away from, giving Sykes a safe fifth place ahead of Sylvain Guintoli. On lap nineteen, Rea caught Haslam by surprise and took the lead off him, with Davies following him past Haslam and on the first corner of the twentieth lap, Davies took the lead. A few places back, van der Mark crashed out, ending an incredible debut weekend for the Dutchman.
With Troy Bayliss letting the three fast riders at the front past, Davies led over the line on the penultimate lap only to be passed by Haslam and Rea by virtue of the slipstream. The three were locked together for the entire lap, as in the last race, and they maintained their positions, all three executing whatever was left of their game plans until on turn nine of the last lap, Rea drove a pass past Haslam and covered defensively until the last corner.
Leon Haslam stated that, in race one, he was too close to Jonathan Rea to be able to slipstream him to the line, having to close the throttle a little on the exit of the corner to avoid hitting Rea. This time round, he didn't fall for the same trap and, as he exited the corner, he was in the right place to have a go at a drafting pass. With Chaz Davies not close enough to get in the way, Haslam dropped out of the clean air behind Rea with the extra speed he needed to slingshot past at the line.
Leon Haslam won his first race since 2010 by merely one hundredth of a second, stealing the double victory from Jonathan Rea while Chaz Davies could just watch from third place. Last year's championship contenders, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli, finished in fourth and fifth, ahead of Nico Terol, the 2011 125cc World Champion.
Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea share the lead in the championship, above Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli.
|1||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1'31.889||318,6|
|2||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||0.010||1'32.049||320,5|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||0.298||1'31.725||319,5|
|4||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.242||1'31.837||316,7|
|5||1||S. GUINTOLI||Honda CBR1000RR SP||14.649||1'32.146||317,6|
|6||18||N. TEROL||Ducati Panigale R||16.025||1'32.389||317,6|
|7||14||R. DE PUNIET||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22.300||1'32.282||314,9|
|8||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||23.606||1'32.866||305,1|
|9||15||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati Panigale R||23.818||1'33.089||314,0|
|10||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35.775||1'32.976||305,9|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale R||39.929||1'33.728||309,5|
|12||20||S. BARRIER||BMW S1000 RR||46.267||1'32.967||314,0|
|13||51||S. BARRAGÁN||Kawasaki ZX-10R||57.893||1'34.145||291,9|
|14||72||L. PEGRAM||EBR 1190 RX||1'02.676||1'34.466||295,1|
|15||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'05.262||1'34.851||299,2|
|16||21||T. BAYLISS||Ducati Panigale R||1 Lap||1'32.117||314,0|
|17||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap||1'37.099||300,0|