Eighteen laps of Motorland Aragon with a temperature of 14ºC, Markus Reiterberger would have to start the race from the back of the grid, having a technical problem in pit lane before the start.
Chaz Davies led from the line but Jonathan Rea was able to get under the Welshman’s Ducati with Marco Melandri holding off Tom Sykes and closing on his teammate. At the end of the lap, however, Davies, no longer complaining that his bike doesn’t have the speed of the Kawasaki, powered past Rea on the long back straight that led to the final corners to the start/finish straight and Sykes took third place from Melandri further back.
On the second lap, Davies led Rea, Sykes, Melandri and Xavi Fores and Melandri set the fastest lap, but a lap later, Davies and Sykes started to break free of the riders behind. As the race progressed a few more laps, Davies and Rea had over a second from Sykes, Melandri and Fores who in turn were over a second clear of Michael van der Mark.
On lap five, Melandri used turns one and two, a chicane with a fast entry and exit, to elbow past Sykes for thirds place and a lap later had built a gap. Fores, unfortunately, in keeping up with Sykes, lost the front into the first turn and crashed his Ducati. Fores restarted, only to pull off track a few laps later with his bike engulfed in flames. Fores held on to the bike a bit longer than was sensible and ran around trying to get his suit off. He was spotted later in his garage checking his undersuit.
Every time Davies built top a gap accelerating out of chicanes, Rea was able to close the gap in the first half of the track. Rea took the lead on lap eight, but on lap nine, Davies took it back in turns one and two only to have Rea return the favour on turn three. Exiting turn three, Davies had more drive and a better position and once again led the race. Rea set the fastest lap on lap ten behind Davies.
Further back, Alex Lowes fought through traffic to eventually close on Michael van der Mark, shadowing him for a handful of laps before passing him with four laps left.
With three laps left, Rea tried to take the lead only to have Davies take it back. At turn eight, Rea pushed through to the lead but Davies took it back on turn one of the penultimate lap and held it to the long straight.
In the lead, heading into the last corners, it looked like we were due a last lap scrap between the top two guys in the championship, but entering the turn at the end of the straight, Chaz Davies lost the front and the bike slid from under him. His Ducati then caught some grip and flipped as he slid on the run off. The bike landed on his leg and pulled rider and bike along, testing his leathers. Luckily, Davies got up and walked away, but he was out of the race.
The last lap was a lonely affair, with Jonathan Rea having enough gap from Marco Melandri and Melandri not being close enough for Tom Sykes to try and catch him.
Rea won the fifth race of the year and headed the fifth Kawasaki and Ducati podium. Davies’s crash meant Tom Sykes with a third took over second place in the championship. Melandri’s second place put him in fourth, pushing fourth-placed Alex Lowes to fifth.
Alex Lowes will start race one in pole position, ahead of Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres. Chaz Davies will start in tenth place, one place behind Jonathan Rea.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R|
|2||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale R||4.058|
|3||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||7.512|
|4||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||9.962|
|5||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||12.302|
|6||81||J. TORRES||BMW S 1000 RR||18.995|
|7||36||L. MERCADO||Aprilia RSV4 RF||21.545|
|8||50||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 RF||27.309|
|9||6||S. BRADL||Honda CBR1000RR||27.488|
|10||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR||27.663|
|11||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||35.409|
|12||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S 1000 RR||41.558|
|13||3||J. SIMON||Aprilia RSV4 RF||44.006|
|14||88||R. KRUMMENACHER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||44.482|
|15||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||45.915|
|16||84||R. RUSSO||Yamaha YZF R1||1'23.533|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||2 Laps|
|RET||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||4 Laps|
|RET||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||14 Laps|
|RET||86||A. BADOVINI||Kawasaki ZX-10R|