The morning's sprint race would be the shortest of the year, ten laps, under forty kilometres, on the SCX tyre would determine the front grid positions of race two this afternoon.
Scott Redding once again got the jump from second place, joined by Jonathan Rea and Andrea Locatelli, but by turn two, Razgatlioglu took third place to put the three championship leaders in the top three places. Rea took the lead into turn eight onto the back straight, but Redding was able to get alongside him into turn nine. Rea held the left hand line to shove Redding off the apex to retake the lead.
Razgatlioglu took the advantage of Redding being wide to take second, and into turn two Razgatlioglu briefly took the lead, but the pass pushed them both wide and Redding was able to take the advantage to take second place back. Alex Lowes set the fastest lap in fifth place, fighting with fourth-placed Andrea Locatelli.
Lap three, Scott Redding powered down the straight, past Jonathan Rea and into the lead and setting the fastest lap Rea, Redding and Razgatlioglu were over a second clear of Locatelli, Lowes and Tom Sykes.
At half race distance, five laps in, Scott Redding set the fastest lap again with Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu set personal bests as the leading three started to stretch out their gaps. Jonathan Rea had a bit of a moment in turn nine, but he didn't lose any time. The leading three started lap eight with seven tenths of a second either side of second-placed Rea. Scott Redding looked placed to take another win.
Tom Sykes lost touch with Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes but was joined by Chaz Davies behind him. Locatelli was over two seconds behind Razgatlioglu's third place as Jonathan Rea started to close in on Scott Redding, and on the last lap, there was under four tenths of a second separating them. Razgatlioglu was over a second behind, setting up a last lap duel between the top two.
Rea couldn't close up enough to make a pass attempt in the first half of the track, but Redding's defensive riding allowed Rea to close up as they headed to the last few turns.
Scott Redding didn't make any mistakes and took fast lines in the last two turns to maintain his lead, shutting down any options for Jonathan Rea, and as Redding crossed the line for the win, Rea took his left hand off the bars and expressed his frustration. Toprak Razgatlioglu took third over two seconds back with Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes finishing fourth and fifth.
Scott Redding is now forty two points off the championship lead, but Jonathan Rea extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu to nine points. Locatelli's fourth place puts him past Garrett Gerloff into sixth place in the championship.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||0.631|
|3||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||2.409|
|4||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||0.805|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||4.501|
|6||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||6.302|
|7||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||7.203|
|8||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||10.054|
|9||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||10.620|
|10||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||16.297|
|11||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||16.791|
|12||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||17.321|
|13||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.032|
|14||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||18.531|
|15||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||18.578|
|16||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||20.506|
|17||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||23.206|
|18||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||23.308|
|19||6||N. URAMOTO||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||28.254|
|20||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||40.060|
|21||14||J. URIBE||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||41.263|
|RET||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||6|