In the first race, Leon Haslam used different tyres to the rest of the field and looked like he would repeat his choice for race two, but instead, at the last minute, he switched to the same tyres as everyone else.
Just like the first race, Chaz Davies hit the Andretti hairpin first with two Kawasakis charging through from the second row behind him, with Tom Sykes ahead of Jonathan Rea this time. Davide Giugliano fended off the challenge from Jordi Torres this time but was instead stuck behind Leon Haslam.
On the second lap, rain flags showed up in sector three; Davide Giugliano crashed out on turn six, just before sector three. He leaned over on the left-handed turn and both tyres tucked, throwing him from the bike as it hit the gravel. He was slow to get up and was taken straight to the medical centre.
In an unusual move, Alex Lowes took a huge gamble and pitted in to get rain tyres, even though the track was't wet. Unfortunately, as he entered, his move was so unexpected, Sylvain Guintoli didn't consider that Lowes would slow down and ploughed into his rear tyre, crashing his bike in the process. Lowes made it to his spot and got his tyres changed while Guintoli limped in shortly after.
As Davies led the front group of four riders past the pit lane exit for the fourth time, Lowes exited the pits a lap down and on decidedly the wrong tyres. Chaz Davies decided that the rain was psychological rain and pushed as if it were not raining, but waiting to crash nonetheless. He didn't crash and had a second lead as Sykes, Rea and Haslam behind him decided against risking it as much.
On the sixth lap, at turn six, Tom Sykes lost grip just like Davide Giugliano did earlier, only he saved it after the rear tyre bit and recovered alongside an opportunistic Jonathan Rea. A second behind, Leon Haslam was treated to the sight of both Kawasaki riders riding side by side into and out of the corkscrew, neither relinquishing their position even slightly. Somehow, Tom Sykes, after four corners of formation riding with his teammate, came out on top, but their advantage over Haslam was gone.
Once again, Rea was determined yet unable to pass his teammate and the pair returned to their fighting pace, dropping Haslam into a lonely place between Rea and a rampant Jordi Torres. The gap between Torres and Haslam would shrink as Torres was determined to catch and pass his Aprilia teammate.
Chaz Davies managed his lead of over three seconds, watching his lap times and getting plenty of feedback from his pitboard, as Tom Sykes tried to break free from Jonathan Rea. As Jordi Torres caught fourth-placed Leon Haslam, Sykes escaped to over a second from Rea, but that wouldn't last.
As Sykes said to Rea at the start of the egg and spoon relay at Donington Park, determining who would hold the spoon first, "Im a better starter and you're a better finisher," and this looked like it would come true once more as Rea caught Sykes at the start of lap sixteen. Six seconds behind, Torres would also pass Haslam, with Haslam having to make a return pass several corners later.
A mistake by Rea a few laps later would mean he had it all to do again, an effort that took four more laps. Four laps from the end, Torres also passed Haslam again, but this time, Haslam had fourth place back the very next corner.
The next lap, Rea overshot turn two slightly, managing not to end up in the Andretti Hairpin's gravel and gave Sykes nine tenths of a second, but he made up for that mistake, catching Sykes on the penultimate lap. Torres passed Haslam over twelve seconds behind the Kawasakis.
On the last lap, Jonathan Rea once again overcooked turn two and once again managed to come out without incident, but the gap he gave to Tom Sykes was too much to make up to both catch and pass and both riders would have fast but uneventful laps.
Chaz Davies would bestow a double victory upon Ducati for the first time in three years and show form that we were denied last year at Laguna Seca with his concussion injury. Pole position and two wins for the man who spent a couple of seasons in the American Superbike championship were earned with a dominant show where it mattered and did no harm in his title challenge, clawing another five points from second-placed Sykes.
Tom Sykes reduced Jonathan Rea's lead to a mere 125 points with eight races left, meaning Rea could win the title in the next race weekend in Malaysia, but it's more likely that we will have to wait until at least September in Jerez for the championship to be decided.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||1'23.955||252,2|
|2||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1.406||1'23.842||256,4|
|3||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1.982||1'23.872||257,6|
|4||81||J. TORRES||Aprilia RSV4 RF||16.551||1'24.309||254,0|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||17.772||1'24.195||258,9|
|6||86||A. BADOVINI||BMW S1000 RR||31.735||1'24.902||247,5|
|7||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||34.446||1'25.159||249,8|
|8||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati Panigale R||38.048||1'25.224||252,2|
|9||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale R||41.755||1'25.374||252,8|
|10||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta F4 RR||49.105||1'25.013||248,1|
|11||14||R. DE PUNIET||Suzuki GSX-R1000||56.249||1'25.694||246,4|
|12||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'01.630||1'25.887||241,4|
|13||15||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati Panigale R||1'12.647||1'25.818||248,7|
|14||45||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1 Lap||1'27.557||239,7|
|15||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1 Lap||1'27.770||239,7|
|16||75||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap||1'28.870||243,0|
|17||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||2 Laps||1'30.328||237,6|
|18||51||S. BARRAGÁN||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3 Laps||1'28.824||235,0|