With his 11th consecutive win and 17th of the season, Jonathan Rea equals Doug Polen’s record from 1991.
After starting from first and second position, Sykes and Rea swapped the positions on first lap, from where Rea was not looking back, winning in the end by 1.4s. Behind dominant Kawasaki’s, Pata Yamaha rider Alex Lowes and Milwaukee Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty were engaged in race long battle for the third position, which went to Yamaha rider, after Laverty lost the front on the last lap in the last corner, almost crashing as a result and finishing in fourth position in the end.
Behind top four it was Marco Melandri, who finished fifth and top Ducati rider, followed by BMW’s Loris Baz, who produced a charge through the field to finish the race in sixth, holding Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark and Ducati’s Chaz Davies, both in the battle to finish second in the championship, behind him. Honda’s Jake Gagne and Kawasaki’s Toprak Razgatlioglu completed the top 10.
Lorenzo Savadori failed to capitalise on top 5 start, finishing in 11th position after struggling to find speed that he showed in previous sessions, but finishing comfortably ahead of Leandro Mercado, who completed top 12. Xavi Fores, who rode whole race in top 5, endured last lap drama to drop to 13th position at the line, while Kawasaki’s of Roman Ramos and Gabriele Ruiu completed the points scorers, while Honda’s Leon Camier crashed from the race on lap 7 and MV Agusta’s Maximilian Scheib retiring to pits a lap later with technical issues.
Race 2 starts on Saturday at 19:00 local time (17:00 uk time).
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