World Superbike race one at Magny Cours took place on a dry 40ºC track. Toprak Razgatlioglu leads the title in spite of having identical points to Jonathan Rea, with Razgatlioglu's five feature race wins to Rea's four splitting the difference between the two. With Magny Cours being Razgatlioglu's favourite track, and his braking ability being an advantage with turns five and thirteen, both requiring a handful of brakes, being the best overtaking opportunities on the track, Jonathan Rea has his work cut our for him to beat the Yamaha rider.
Fresh from beating the record of seven pole positions in a row, set by Ben Spies in 2009, Jonathan Rea lined up at the front of the grid with his title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu in second place. Scott Redding, third in the championship, started in eighth place.
Toprak Razgatlioglu forced his way past Jonathan Rea for the lead, but Rea took the lead back into turn five, aided by Alex Lowes, but Razgatlioglu took second from Rea's teammate. Michael Ruben Rinaldi joined the fight in fourth to fight with Lowes. Rinaldi took third from Lowes into lap two, as Rea and Razgatlioglu ran away at the front. Lowes passed Rinaldi and left the Ducati man deal with a squirming Andrea Locatelli behind him. Alex Lowes set the fastest lap escaping Rinaldi.
Lap three, and Rea, Razgatlioglu and Lowes led the field as Tom Sykes put himself in tenth position by going wide into turn one, putting Scott Redding odf. Redding started lap four in ninth place as the title leaders escaped at the front. Into turn five, Razgatlioglu shoved his way under Rea's Kawasaki, making Rea lift into the entry and Razgatlioglu took the lead. On lap five, Razgatlioglu started spending rubber as he slid the Yamaha's rear out of corners to maintain his lead, but Rea remained within half a second. Scott Redding continued to drop, making a mistake on the elbow-down 180 hairpin, starting lap six in eleventh place.
At the start of lap seven, Toprak Razgatlioglu held a lead of almost seven tenths of a second, the absolute limit of his clean air, but Jonathan Rea was not letting go. Alex Lowes was almost a second behind Rea as the fight between Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli continued over a second behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on lap seven, dipping into the 1'36 with a 1'36.937 lap record.
Jonathan Rea was four tenths of a second behind Toprak Razgatlioglu as the pair finally dropped Alex Lowes, over a second behind the pair. Rea closed up to Razgatlioglu into turn five, but couldn't attempt a pass on the the strongest braker on the grid. Another lap and still no gap between Razgatlioglu and Rea, the leading two were over half a second a lap faster than the other eighteen riders.
At half race distance, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea were still separated by under seven tenths of a second, with Alex Lowes almost two seconds further back. A second and a half behind Lowes, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Andrea Locatelli were glued together in the battle for fourth with a cheap gap of over three seconds from Michael van der Mark. Scott Redding sat in twelfth place, struggling to get his Ducati stopped into the hard braking in the middle of a seven-bike battle for seventh.
On lap eleven, as Toprak Razgatlioglu finally broke the tow from Jonathan Rea, Andrea Locatelli stuck it under Michael Ruben Rinaldi to take fourth place under two seconds off Alex Lowes's third place. Lowes was three seconds behind Rea.
Fourteen laps down, two-thirds race distance, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea by over two seconds with Alex Lowes almost three seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli closed to a second from Lowes with Michael Ruben Rinaldi dropping back over a second behind him. Lowes maintained the gap over the next few laps, holding off Locatelli's charge, with Lowes lapping at a pace better than that of Rea ahead of him.
Then, at the 180, turn 8, Alex Lowes lost the front, passing the limit of his grip as he attempted to maintain his gap over Andrea Locatelli. Locatelli inherited the last podium spot as Lowes rode back to his garage on the back of a quad. With three laps left, Toprak Razgatlioglu maintained his punishing pace in the lead, holding over four seconds over Jonathan Rea and eight over Andrea Locatelli. Scott Redding, third in the championship, was in tenth place when he crashed into turn thirteen, trying to hit the apex under Tom Sykes and losing the front. Redding picked his bike back up and recovered in twelfth.
Toprak Razgatlioglu held his lead over Jonathan Rea to claim his sixth feature race victory of the year with his teammate Andrea Locatelli ten seconds off the win in third place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Michael van der Mark and Alvaro Bautista crossed the line every two or three seconds afterwards and Chaz Davies held off Axel Bassani and Tom Sykes for seventh place.
Toprak Razgatlioglu took a lead in the title chase, gaining five points on Jonathan Rea. Scott Redding's twelfth place dropped him to fifty nine points from the title lead, an almost insurmountable gap to the lead, but a safe third place over Andrea Locatelli who took fourth place from Alex Lowes.
|1||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||4.467|
|3||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||5.818|
|4||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||2.998|
|5||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||15.535|
|6||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||17.824|
|7||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||20.067|
|8||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||20.127|
|9||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||20.150|
|10||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||23.763|
|11||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||23.977|
|12||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||14.574|
|13||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||44.742|
|14||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||45.494|
|15||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||45.612|
|16||94||J. FOLGER||BMW M 1000 RR||55.985|
|17||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||59.560|
|18||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||59.642|
|RET||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5 Laps|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||7|