World Superbike race one at Most, only the second visit to this track for the World Superbike field, would be a planned twenty two laps under a threat of rain as the temperature dropped to 19ºC with a track temperature of only 23ºC as the wind picked up. Wins last year were split between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding and only forty three points separates the leading trio into the championship. Most riders started with the Pirelli SC0 rear tyre.
Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one as Jonathan Rea lifted his rear ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Andrea Locatelli took an aggressive start into turn one, pushing Michael Ruben Rinaldi wide and running on into turn three, nearly crashing into Axel Bassani as he returned to the track after taking to the gravel trap.
On lap two, after Rea touched Razgatlioglu's rear, Axel Bassani set the fastest lap, a 1'32.303, in fourth place ahead of Scott Redding but Scott Redding passed him at the end of the straight. Razgatlioglu took the fastest lap on lap three, a 1'31.936 race lap record, with Jonathan Rea on his tail with Alvaro Bautista almost a second further back. Bassani, Redding, two seconds further back, traded places in the fight for fourth place ahead of Andrea Locatelli.
At the start of lap six, Razgatlioglu and Rea were separated by nothing as Rea took the lead over the line only for Razgatlioglu to take it back into turn one on the brakes. Rea lunged into turn fifteen, missing the apex, but he had the inside line for turn sixteen and held the lead until turn twenty when Razgatlioglu took the lead back until the line where the leading three crossed the line three bikes wide. Razgatlioglu won the battle on the brakes, holding the lead until turn fifteen again. Lap eight, once again Razgatlioglu took the lead into turn one, but Rea was positioned to sneak back into turn two as Bautista kept in touch.
Lap nine, Rea held enough of a lead to hold position into turns one, two and three, ahead of Razgatlioglu and Bautista as Scott Redding tried to break free of Axel Bassani and Andrea Locatelli. As rain appeared, Razgatlioglu and Rea swapped places in lap ten as the white flags came out. Alvaro Bautista passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into the last turn and powered past Jonathan Rea down the straight, getting into the lead as the conditions changed. Bautista's confidence in the rain warnings was much higher than the riders previously in front of him.
At half race distance, the pace dropped at the front by two seconds a lap, giving Scott Redding the opportunity to close the distance to catch the leading trio, bringing Axel Bassani with him as rain in sector three continued. Bassani couldn't keep up with Redding who hounded the leaders, trying to pass Razgatlioglu at the start of lap thirteen. Redding was the fastest man on the track as Razgatlioglu took second place from Rea into turn one and he slid both wheels as he tried to close on Bautista in front. Rea took second place back into turn fifteen and Redding took third place from Razgatlioglu into turn twenty as they charged down the straight to start lap fifteen of twenty two.
Lap sixteen, Redding charged past Rea into turn one and took a confident second place, closing to just over half a second off the lead to start lap seventeen a tenth of a second quicker a lap. Bautista matched Redding's pace to keep his lead safe for lap seventeen as Rea and Razgatlioglu matched Redding behind him. Michal Prasek was lapped by the leading group to start lap nineteen as the leading group all lapped at the same pace. Axel Bassani in fifth place was three seconds off the leaders, two seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli.
Bautista led Redding by a second as Razgatlioglu started lap twenty by passing Rea into turn one and closing the gap to Redding. A lap later, Alvaro Bautista had over a second of a lead over the three riders behind him as he set a personal best lap.
Alvaro Bautista started the last lap with a second and a half lead over Scott Redding, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Razgatlioglu ran Redding off the track into turn thirteen and Rea followed him through on turn fifteen. Redding pressed hard on Rea to take third place back over the last few turns.
Alvaro Bautista won the race by over two seconds ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea, with Redding having a little chat with Razgatlioglu on the cool down lap that continued in Parc Fermé with the pair settling their differences.
With his victory, Alvaro Bautista extended his championship lead to xx points over fourth-placed Jonathan Rea. Toprak Razgatlioglu's second place lost him points to Bautista, but he closed up to nineteen points behind Rea. Scott Redding remained in ninth place in the championship, but with his current confidence, it is unlikely he will remain that far down this weekend, needing only four points to take eighth place from Axel Bassani.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R|
|2||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||2.109|
|3||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||2.603|
|4||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2.718|
|5||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||7.951|
|6||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1.154|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||3.076|
|8||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||12.435|
|9||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||13.028|
|10||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||13.119|
|11||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||17.379|
|12||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||26.631|
|13||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||27.364|
|14||29||L. BERNARDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||31.278|
|15||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||37.260|
|16||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||50.854|
|17||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||51.431|
|18||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||53.058|
|19||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||58.942|
|20||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'03.366|
|21||2||R. TAMBURINI||Yamaha YZF R1||1'03.407|
|22||10||P. HICKMAN||BMW M1000RR||2.043|
|23||77||R. VICKERS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'06.797|
|RET||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||20|
|RET||6||M. PRASEK||BMW M1000RR||16|