The seven hundredth World Superbike race, eighteen laps of Motorland Aragon, took place on the 28th anniversary of the first World Superbike race. The fear of inclement weather didn't happen and the race was decided by riders, not conditions.
Tom Sykes led into and out of the first two turns with Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies blasting past the Yamahas on the front row and Davies squeezed past Rea and exited the opening corners in second place. Sylvain Guintoli took fourth off his teammate and Davide Giugliano and Michael van der Mark followed him through, pushing Lowes back to seventh, ahead of Nicky Hayden.
At the end of the second lap, Chaz Davies took a tight line into the last corner and forced his way into first place and used the newfound power of the Ducati to keep the lead over the line and into the first turn. Davies would start to eke out a lead ahead of the Kawasakis of Rea and Sykes who were themselves forcing themselves free of Giugliano's factory Ducati. A four-way battle for fifth a second and half back from Giugliano was led by Michael van der Mark until Xavi Fores passed him on the satellite Ducati, showing that the old exhausts still had a lot of life in them.
Once Chaz Davies was in the lead, it was clear that he would not be caught and he strung nine 1'51 laps together to take off into the distance and leave Sykes and Rea to fight for second place. On the seventh lap, under pressure from Fores, Giugliano seemed to suffer from a mechanical issue and he went wide on a corner, nearly hitting Fores who was trying to shadow him at the time, but Fores recovered and took fourth place while Giugliano dropped four places to eighth.
Ten laps in, Jonathan Rea passed Tom Sykes on the back straight and covered his line into the last corner and the Kawasakis started the eleventh lap with Rea over three seconds behind Chaz Davies but ahead of Sykes. Sykes would not let him get away though and the pair were never separated by more than four tenths of a second over several laps.
Four laps from the end, Rea went into the first corner a little too hot and had to make use of the ample runoff to return to the race, but in doing so, he gave Sykes second place and over a second and a half of a lead. The top five were now spread out, with Davies, Sykes, Rea, Fores and Jordi Torres all holding their positions while Giugliano and van der Mark fought it out over sixth as time ran out.
Chaz Davies won convincingly, taking the double victory and propelling himself into second place in the championship ahead of Tom Sykes, second in the race and third in the title chase. Jonathan Rea in third place is still twenty-six points clear at the top of the championship and kept Kawasaki at the top of the manufacturer's championship.
Xavi Fores on the satellite Ducati with the older exhausts took fourth place in front of the Spanish crowd four seconds clear of his fellow Spaniard Jordi Torres on the BMW.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'51.053||305,1|
|2||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||6.471||1'51.504||302,5|
|3||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||9.161||1'51.344||306,8|
|4||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||11.436||1'51.556||302,5|
|5||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||15.969||1'52.062||307,7|
|6||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||18.278||1'51.352||300,8|
|7||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||20.931||1'52.050||305,1|
|8||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||24.790||1'52.407||313,0|
|9||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||25.246||1'52.186||304,2|
|10||50||S. GUINTOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||25.548||1'52.420||305,1|
|11||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||27.675||1'52.330||310,3|
|12||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||29.364||1'52.417||300,0|
|13||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||31.749||1'52.635||298,3|
|14||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||34.314||1'52.995||307,7|
|15||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||34.333||1'52.453||308,6|
|16||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||34.777||1'53.058||290,3|
|17||151||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||41.449||1'53.174||296,7|
|18||94||M. LUSSIANA||BMW S1000 RR||1'16.542||1'54.920||294,3|
|19||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'22.960||1'55.357||293,5|
|20||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'25.830||1'55.643||291,1|
|21||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'28.363||1'55.438||295,1|
|22||10||I. TÓTH||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap||1'58.373||286,5|
|RET||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||3 Laps|
|RET||16||J. HOOK||Kawasaki ZX-10R||6 Laps|
|RET||20||S. BARRIER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||17 Laps|