World Superbike's first race of the weekend would be 21 laps of Misano under a scattering of clouds.
Jonathan Rea led Tom Sykes into the first corner with Davide Giugliano making an amazing charge to third place from the third row of the grid. Xavi Fores took a line into the first turn that looked like it might have pushed Lorenzo Savadori into Chaz Davies, forcing Davies and Leon Camier into the gravel and Savadori off his bike.
On the second lap, as the Kawasakis were riding in tandem at the front, Davide Giugliano followed them into a right hander and pushed the front too hard and he crashed out, smashing his screen, but he was able to pick his bike up and rejoin the race at the back. A corner later, Nicky Hayden did the same, having just been gifted third place.
With two riders going down in front of him, Michael van der Mark sat in third place with Alex Lowes and Anthony West behind him but after a few laps Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores both carved past West while the Kawasakis remained within four tenths of each other at the front and were building a gap from van der Mark in third.
Alex Lowes lost fourth place after an issue that put him back to twelfth place, promoting Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores to fourth and fifth, but they had a determined Davies closing them down.
Chaz Davies had worked his way from twentieth place on the grid at the end of the first lap to ninth place a third of the way through the race, What looked like an unsurmountable challenge looked less so at the halfway mark. Rea and Sykes were still within a handful of tenths of each other after eleven laps and Chaz Davies was chasing down Jordi Torres's fourth place, having made quick work of Fores.
A lap later, Davies was in forth place and building a gap behind him at the rate of over a second a lap while closing the gap to van der Mark by half a second a lap.
With four laps left, and a gap of under four seconds to Michael van der Mark, it was clear that Chaz Davies had advanced as far forward as possible and the only fight left was the one for the top step.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes remained within four tenths of a second lap after lap but Sykes didn't seem to have any obvious places to pass as Rea took a line that was both fast and defensive round every corner. Sykes was quicker in some places but not as quick in others yet, in spite of Sykes taking a few different lines, they both remained incredibly close for the last four laps.
On the last lap, Sykes tried to gain an advantage on corner exit as it was clear he wasn't going to pass on corner entry otherwise, but Rea's rear grip meant he wasn't lacking out of turns and Sykes couldn't gain any quarter.
On the last corner, Tom Sykes took a wide exit to carry more power out on to the straight and he pulled alongside Jonathan Rea, but there wasn't enough track left for him to power past and Rea won by a mere nine hundredths of a second.
Michael van der Mark took the last podium place three seconds later while Chaz Davies made the absolute best out of a bad lot in fourth place. The BMWs of Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger were fifth and sixth.
Rea's victory extends his lead over Tom Sykes to sixty one points, with Davies in third dropping to thirteen points behind Sykes
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'35.663 262,8||1'34.257 264,7|
|2||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||0.090||1'35.507 269,3||1'34.037 266,0|
|3||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||3.093||1'35.921 265,4||1'35.108 265,4|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||5.878||1'35.644 269,3||1'35.097 267,3|
|5||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||15.955||1'36.233 265,4||1'36.014 259,6|
|6||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||18.200||1'36.486 269,3||1'35.115 267,3|
|7||59||N. CANEPA||Yamaha YZF R1||19.385||1'36.517 264,7||1'36.335 260,9|
|8||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||19.918||1'36.135 259,6||1'35.047 260,9|
|9||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||26.272||1'36.754 268,0||1'36.328 265,4|
|10||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10R||32.593||1'36.630 266,7||1'35.765 266,7|
|11||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||36.825||1'37.248 266,0||1'37.314 266,0|
|12||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||37.084||1'37.210 270,0||1'42.023 268,0|
|13||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||38.181||1'35.863 262,1||1'34.641 265,4|
|14||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||41.201||1'36.531 265,4||1'34.826 263,4|
|15||119||P. SZKOPEK||Yamaha YZF R1||1'20.992||1'39.012 257,1||1'38.975 259,6|
|16||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'21.783||1'39.213 255,3||1'38.446 257,1|
|17||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'24.623||1'39.159 260,2||1'38.238 264,7|
|18||61||F. MENGHI||Ducati Panigale R||1'25.068||1'39.444 257,8||1'38.143 260,2|
|19||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'31.041||1'39.571 260,9||1'38.813 259,6|
|20||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1 Lap||1'39.734 255,9||1'39.171 258,4|
|RET||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||4 Laps|
|RET||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||12 Laps|
|RET||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||20 Laps|
|RET||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF|