The Kawasaki pair of Jonny Rea and Tom Sykes dominated Race One at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli , maintaining an impressive pace throughout the race, creating a gap behind them to bring home the sixth one-two victory of the season for Team Green.
Race One was dominated from start to end by Jonathan Rea who, starting from the second spot on the grid, overtook team-mate and poleman Tom Sykes when the lights went out, staying in the lead all the way to the chequered flag.
It was an incident-packed opening couple of laps with Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori forced to retire on the first lap after a crash, and Davide Giugliano and Nicky Hayden who both crashed out during the second lap.
In the meantime, Rea and Sykes created a gap behind them, igniting an exciting duel which had the two of them battling for the lead within less than two tenths of one another.
In the penultimate lap, the race lost another protagonist, Xavi Forés, who had started from the third spot on the grid, but all eyes were on the Kawasakis ridden by Rea and Sykes, who put on a heart-stopping show for the finale. The English rider refused to settle for second place and pulled out all the stops trying to overtake his teammate, but Rea held tough to the end, managing to cross the wire first, albeit less than a tenth of a second ahead of Sykes.
Behind them, three seconds later, Honda’s Michael van der Mark crossed the wire for the bottom step of the podium.
Race One standings:
1) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2) Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3) Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team)
4) Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
5) Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team)
6) Markus Reiterberger (Althea BMW Racing Team)
7) Niccolò Canepa (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team)
8) Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
9) Román Ramos (Team GoEleven)
10) Anthony West (Pedercini Racing)