On the sighting lap, spots of rain were visible, but it wasn't raining when the twenty-one lap race started.
Alex Lowes got away from second place to lead Michael van der Mark, Eugene Laverty and reverse-grid pole-sitter Leon Camier. Leandro Mercado and Davide Giugliano were unable to capitalise on their second-row starts with Mercado falling back from a fourth place start to getting duffed up by Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea on their customary charge through the field.
On the first lap, Leon Camier and Michael van der Mark both got past Eugene Laverty and Camier and van der Mark swapped second place a couple of times on lap two while Jonathan Rea climbed to seventh place and Chaz Davies sliced through to fifth.
At the end of lap three, as Chaz Davies fought through to third place, Eugene Laverty lost grip on the rear as he applied power ahead of the chicane before the start/finish straight and crashed out, causing the bikes behind him take evasive action to avoid hitting his Aprilia.
Unfortunately, Jonathan Rea didn't miss him and clipped his rear brake and right foot as he went past. Rea carried on into the pits instead of making the chicane and changed his right boot as his team worked on his freshly gilded Kawasaki, but they thought better of sending him back out and his title-winning weekend ended there.
White flags sector four.
Chaz Davies took the lead on lap four, with Alex Lowes and Leon Camier behind him and Michael van der Mark over a second further back. A further second behind van der Mark, Marco Melandri took fifth place from Tom Sykes with Xavi Fores following Melandri and then passing him a lap later. Sykes then lost out another place to Lorenzo Savadori and fell into the sights of Tati Mercado.
As Leon Camier passed Alex Lowes, Davies put in a second gap between himself and the scrap for second place, and Davies set the fastest laps on laps six and seven.
White flags, sector one.
At one third race distance, Chaz Davies led by over two seconds, with Leon Camier and Alex Lowes locked together in a battle for second place just over a second ahead of Michael van der Mark. A couple of seconds behind him, Xavi Fores was working a gap from Marco Melandri who had broken free of the fight between Lorenzo Savadori, Tom Sykes and a resurgent Tati Mercado.
A couple of laps later, Mercado tried to pass Sykes, but went to wide and left a gap for Sykes to charge back into, but then, the pace started to drop.
White flags, sectors one and three.
As the drizzle was starting to affect everyone, with what riders referred to as "mental rain", lap times tumbled by a couple of seconds in the space of one lap and at half race distance, everyone settled into a different rhythm. Leon Camier, in second place and just at the right time for his MV Agusta to start coming into its own, suffered a mechanical fault and lost power, and he pulled off the track and most likely wondered if a shrivelled monkey paw, an unfortunate black cat or a gypsy curse had anything to do with his luck this year.
Chaz Davies led by over five seconds when rain was showing up in every sector, but, even as Michael van der Mark caught Alex Lowes behind him, the race was settled. The only change was Marco Melandri and Tati Mercado swapping places a few times in the last lap and Lorenzo Savadori tripping over Leon Camier's discarded rabbit's paw and suffering a mechanical breakdown on the last lap and ending his race, handing a certain fifth place to the battle between Marco Melandri and Tati Mercado's fading grip.
Chaz Davies won comfortably, in spite of trailblazing through potential rain, making up for yesterday's unfortunate issues, with the two Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark sharing a podium, and for the first time this year, there wasn't a Kawasaki on the podium. Xavi Fores took a lonely fourth place, five seconds ahead of Marco Melandri and Tati Mercado.
With the title settled, the fight for second place is still open, with Tom Sykes only nine points clear of Chaz Davies while Marco Melandri is in mathematical contention a further forty-six points behind. With a hundred points still up for grabs, and Jonathan Rea enjoying winning as much as he does, it's all still to play for.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R|
|2||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||3.006|
|3||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||4.556|
|4||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||11.072|
|5||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale R||16.381|
|6||36||L. MERCADO||Aprilia RSV4 RF||17.684|
|7||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||22.717|
|8||81||J. TORRES||BMW S 1000 RR||23.920|
|9||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||25.431|
|10||35||R. DE ROSA||BMW S 1000 RR||35.227|
|11||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Honda CBR1000RR||45.621|
|12||45||J. GAGNE||Honda CBR1000RR||47.231|
|13||121||A. ANDREOZZI||Yamaha YZF R1||52.076|
|14||13||A. WEST||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||53.903|
|15||86||A. BADOVINI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||59.610|
|16||84||R. RUSSO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||59.706|
|17||50||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1 Lap|
|18||37||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2 Laps|
|RET||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1 Lap|
|RET||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||12 Laps|
|RET||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||19 Laps|