The Rain was so heavy that it pushed the start of the World Supersport race to after this event so it came as no surprise that World Superbike race two would be declared a wet race and everyone fitted intermediate Pirellis accordingly.
Tom Sykes hit the front first ahead of Alex Lowes, but the tricky conditions meant there was plenty of jockeying for position, with Nicky Hayden and Jonathan Rea getting past Alex Lowes, then Davies passing the Yamaha man and at the end of the first lap, in his debut World Superbike weekend, Anthony West took fifth place off Lowes.
Nicky Hayden, Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies also passed Tom Sykes on their way forward and Hayden led the race convincingly, while Davide Giugliano took sixth place off Lowes further back and then passed West for fifth. On the third lap, Giugliano and West made short work of Tom Sykes.
On the fourth lap, Nicky Hayden led by over a second and set the fastest lap, as he increased that gap to over two seconds by lap five, while Rea built a second from Davies who had just under a second from Giugliano and it looked like a procession was forming. A few laps later, Davide Giugliano found more grip and closed up on Chaz Davies who also found a bit of pace and held him off.
Davies set the fastest lap, immediately beaten by Giugliano and the Ducatis closed on Rea's Kawasaki in second place. On the tenth lap, the Ducati pair again set the fastest laps successively and closed on Rea, with Davies finding a gap as Rea was an inch wide into the last hairpin, taking second place from him. Giugliano took third from Rea and set the fastest lap again.
Twelve laps in, Hayden had a four second gap at the lead, but Giugliano passed Davies and set about closing the distance. Jonathan Rea, seeing the only man who could take points from his lead in front of him, set the fastest lap and looked for a solution to Davies in third.
Three laps from the end, Giugliano, having set the fastest lap again, started taking lumps out of Hayden's lead, reducing it to two seconds as Rea took third from Davies in a super clean pass unbecoming of the conditions. Anthony West, in forth place six seconds behind Davies, had over six seconds of clear track behind him to a hard-fought battle for sixth that Michael van der Mark would eventually win.
Nicky Hayden got clear instructions from his crew and managed his lead enough to win his first World Superbike race and deny the Italian his own maiden victory as Davide Giugliano finished in second, just over a second behind. Jonathan Rea took third place and increased his lead from fourth-placed Chaz Davies.
Anthony West, on his debut World Superbike weekend, celebrated a fifth place while Tom Sykes struggled back in eighth.
As the Star Spangled Banner played out for the first time since Ben Spies last won, tears fell from the American's face as he took the plaudits for his first victory in a decade.
|1||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||2'17.273 284,6||2'03.435 297,1|
|2||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||1.254||2'16.716 278,0||2'04.052 293,9|
|3||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3.684||2'16.914 286,1||2'03.021 297,1|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||5.720||2'17.501 280,9||2'03.485 294,7|
|5||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10R||15.989||2'18.206 281,6||2'04.440 296,3|
|6||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||19.979||2'18.103 273,8||2'04.183 295,5|
|7||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||20.028||2'18.007 276,6||2'06.691 297,9|
|8||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||23.011||2'18.505 284,6||2'02.246 296,3|
|9||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||24.045||2'18.280 276,6||2'05.399 287,6|
|10||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||25.139||2'18.042 279,4||2'03.549 300,4|
|11||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||25.208||2'17.949 276,6||2'06.787 292,3|
|12||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||25.835||2'18.091 271,7||2'06.699 294,7|
|13||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||26.757||2'18.194 273,1||2'03.855 301,2|
|14||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||30.729||2'18.035 282,4||2'03.612 302,1|
|15||16||J. HOOK||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'05.347||2'19.662 280,2||2'11.197 282,4|
|16||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'17.761||2'21.642 277,3||2'16.701 280,9|
|17||99||L. SCASSA||Ducati Panigale R||1'18.121||2'20.900 277,3||2'07.628 286,9|
|18||119||P. SZKOPEK||Yamaha YZF R1||1'31.412||2'19.328 272,4||2'12.277 286,9|
|19||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'07.000||2'22.487 273,8||2'11.881 279,4|
|20||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'08.836||2'23.041 269,7||2'11.320 280,2|
|21||10||I. TÓTH||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap||2'29.329 246,9||2'11.720 282,4|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||4 Laps|
|RET||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR|