World Superbike's first race at Navarro was twenty three long laps around the heating up Spanish circuit. Everyone lined up on the SCX tyre to make it easier to keep track of tyre choice. Scott Redding announcing his moving to BMW next year adds an interesting angle to this weekend.
Scott Redding got a good start and took the lead from Jonathan Rea into turn one as everyone bunched back up at the tight third turn. Jonathan Rea took a tricky line into turn five and spent the next three turns making his pass stick. Andrea Locatelli was in third place, but Toprak Razgatlioglu wormed his way through the crowd to close up to the leading three, but into lap two, Locatelli fluffed the last corner and let the leading two escape. Razgatlioglu started looking for a way past Locatelli as Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes held on in fifth and sixth.
Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap two, fending off Scott Redding behind him, with Andrea Locatelli almost a second further back but clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu. On the third lap, Redding closed a few tenths on Rea leaving Locatelli almost a second and a half off the fight for the lead. Razgatlioglu couldn't close up to Locatelli while Redding was sniffing Rea's rear tyre as he looked like he was faster around most of the lap, but unable to exit turn eight with enough drive down the back straight into turn nine.
At the start of lap six, Redding tucked in behind Rea to take the lead into turn one, but he couldn't drop Rea off his tail. Andrea Locatelli was almost two seconds off Rea with Toprak Razgatlioglu over seven tenths further behind, unable to close in. Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies were over two seconds further back. Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista crashed out in separate incidents.
Lap eight and Toprak Razgatlioglu had finally caught and passed Andrea Locatelli as Scott Redding finally escaped from the clutches of Jonathan Rea, almost three seconds ahead of Razgatlioglu who celebrated by running on to the green paint and giving Locatelli a half second back.
On lap ten, as the gap at the front approached a second, Razgatlioglu was still three seconds off Rea who looked like he'd found his rhythm and settled into second position. Locatelli couldn't close on Razgatlioglu, but he was over four seconds clear of Lowes and Sykes. Two and a half seconds off his teammate, Michael van der Mark was in a comfortable seventh place.
At half race distance, Scott Redding was over a second clear of Jonathan Rea and over four seconds clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli. Jonathan Rea saved a front end crash into turn nine and looked as if he decided to leave Redding's lead alone. Garret Gerloff, having passed Michael Ruben Rinaldi, finally passed Kohta Nozane to take ninth place into turn one of lap thirteen. He was almost four seconds off Axel Bassani's eighth place.
Jonathan Rea made a couple more errors, running off the track at turn nine, and dropped to over two seconds off Scott Redding, still holding two and a half seconds over Toprak Razgatlioglu.
Seventeen laps in, every rider in the top fourteen had well over a second of a gap in front and behind as the field stretched out to a less entertaining formation than we have been used to this year, with Garrett Gerloff the only rider in the points that looked capable of catching the rider in front of him, catching him by the end of lap nineteen of twenty three.
Twenty one laps in, with the top seven having gaps of over two seconds either side, Axel Bassani held eighth place from Garrett Gerloff, blocking all Gerloff's attempts by making his Ducati very wide and putting himself in the wrong place for Gerloff and starting the last lap with half a second over the troublesome Yamaha man, a lead he was able to hold throughout the lap.
Scott Redding won the race comfortably with Jonathan Rea two and a half seconds behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu took the last step of the podium over three seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli, Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark rounded out the top seven.
Ducati took the manufacturers championship off Kawasaki and Yamaha who ended the race two and three points behind respectively, as Scott Redding closed up to forty five points from Jonathan Rea's lead in the championship, and thirty eight off of Toprak Razgatlioglu.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2.519|
|3||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||3.375|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||3.511|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||16.219|
|6||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||20.600|
|7||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||24.158|
|8||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||26.497|
|9||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||26.718|
|10||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||2.884|
|11||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||39.387|
|12||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||41.316|
|13||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||44.338|
|14||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||48.470|
|15||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'21.773|
|16||6||N. URAMOTO||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||1'21.956|
|17||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'30.006|
|18||14||J. URIBE||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1 Lap|
|RET||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||6|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||17 Laps|
|RET||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||3|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||3|