Spaniard makes it five wins from five starts after comfortably winning red flagged Superpole race.
It was reigning champion Jonathan Rea who got the best start of the race and was leading into turn 1, but it was Bautista who retook the position by using superior top speed of his Panigale V4. Rea fought back immediately with a similar move to race 1 at turn 3, but it was to no avail as Bautista didn’t need much time to regain the lead. From that moment on he steadily stretched the field to lead by 1.7s by the time race was red flagged on lap 6.
Crash between the Thai Kawasaki wildcard Thitipong Warokorn and Honda rider Leon Camier was the reason for red flag, with Warokorn transported to hospital with suspected head and chest injuries.
That red flag meant that final results were taken on lap 5, where Rea was classified as second with Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes completing the podium, just 3 tenths off Kawasaki rider. Lowes’ team mate Michael van der Mark recovered from a bad start to overtake Rea’s team mate Leon Haslam for fourth position on lap 5, with GRT Yamaha’s of Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese finishing in sixth and seventh position, being split by three tenths at the time. Second Aruba Ducati rider Chaz Davies was next across the line, as he finished the race in eight position, as Puccetti Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu kept him honest at the line, with him finishing in P9. BMW rider Tom Sykes completed the top 10 in P10.
Barni Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi was next across the line in P11, less than a second behind Sykes and 1.2s ahead of Kawasaki pair of Leandro Mercado and Jordi Torres, who finished the race in P12 and P13 respectively. Second BMW rider Markus Reiterberger finished the race in P14 with the last rider across the line being Alessandro Delbianco in P15. Alongside Warokorn and Camier also second Moriwaki Althea rider Ryuichi Kiyonari did not finish the race, with Eugene Laverty not starting the Superpole encounter.
Race 2 happens at 9am uk time.
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