The grid lined up as follows after superpole:
1 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati Panigale R
3 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R
5 32 L. SAVADORI ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia RSV4 RF
6 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
7 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4
8 21 M. REITERBERGER GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S1000 RR
9 69 N. HAYDEN USA Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
10 151 M. BAIOCCO ITA VFT Racing Ducati Panigale R
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR SP
12 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1
Davies lead from Rea and Sykes going into turn one with Giugliano struggling off the line. Davies opened up a bit of a gap half way round the lap the welsh rider hoping to convert pole into a win in front of the home ducati fans.
Lorenzo Savdori the young italian was going with the front 4 and putting in fast lap times as he looked to build on the momentum he gained from assen. Davies opened up a near 1 second gap on Rea by lap 2 as he looked to put space between them. Leon Camier having a good ride in 7th on lap 3 just behind the lead BMW of Jordi Torres ahead of both the factory Hondas who were having a tough time early in the race. The front 4 had all spread out at this stage with Davies ahead of Rea by 0.8 secs and Rea having a similar gap over Sykes with Giugliano further behind unable to keep the pace of the top 3.
The fight for 5th started to heat up as Torres and Camier caught up to the back of Savadori who in turn was catching the Ducati of Giugliano. Rea at this point was doing his usual metornomic lap times and started to reel in Davies at the front as Sykes fell further away.
Torres and Camier passed Savadori who seemed to be really struggling with his rear tyre as the BMW and MV Augusta riders set about chasing down Giugliano. The fight was well and truly on between Davies and Rea with Davies responding to Rea’s pressure.Savadori really stuggling with 10 laps to go fell behind Nicky Hayden to 8th place. Rea ran really wide and let Davies get away as he lost 4.7 secs on him and had to fend off Sykes now for 2nd place. Van Der Mark now got past Savadori as he set about fighting his team mate for 7th place.
Rea regrouped and broke away from Sykes again but the gap to Davies was now to much to overcome in the 7 laps left to go. Alex Lowes and Marcus Reuterberger had a proper battle for 10th place with Reuterberger outbraking himself and running off the track.Giugliano lost 4th place to Torres and was being put under serious pressure and eventually was passed by Camier. Davies meanwhile was controlling th race from the front with Rea in 2nd but he was being harrassed by Sykes who seemed to have found a second wind.
A dominant perfromance from Davies just as he did in Aragon leading from start to finish with Rea continuing his 100 percent podium record in 2nd and Sykes in 3rd. Torres finished 4th on the BMW beating Giugliano in 5th and Camier in 6th. Van der Mark,Savadori,Hayden and Fores rounded ou the top 10 .
1 7 C. DAVIES
2 1 J. REA
3 66 T. SYKES
4 81 J. TORRES
5 34 D. GIUGLIANO
6 2 L. CAMIER
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK
8 32 L. SAVADORI
9 69 N. HAYDEN
10 12 X. FORÉS
WSBK Race 2:
Davies started well leading into turn one from Rea and Sykes almost a carbon copy of yesterdays start and straight away Davies set about putting a gap between himself and the Kawasaki riders. Savadori the impressive young italian got himself into 4th on lap one ahead of the factory Ducati of Giugliano.
Alex Lowes having a much better race than yesterday was up in 6th place hunting down Giugliano for 5th. Jordi Torres did not start as well as yesterday and was struggling down in 11th place. Leon Camier was again having a strong race running inside the top 10 again ahead of the 2 factory Hondas.
Rea and Sykes seemingly had no anwser for Davies in the early stages of the race as he opened up a 1.5 sec gap leaving the 2 kawasaki team mates to fight over 2nd and 3rd. Savadori couldnt keep the pace of the front 3 and started to fall into the pack chasing behind lead by Giugliano.
The young German rider Makus Reiterberger was running in 7th as top BMW and running in the group chasing down Savadori for 4th place. Nicky Hayden again the top honda in the race started to find his pace and closed up on Camier and Reiterberger looking to battle for 7th place.
Giugliano passed Savadori to go 4th with around 13 laps to go as the Aprillia rider seemed to be running into tyre issues as he had yesterday. Davies had all but checked out at this stage of the race as the 2 Kawasaki riders continued to battle it out Rea continuing to sturggle with something inthe corners.
Rea seemed to break Sykes with 10 laps to go as a decent gap had developed between the 2 the rest of the pack had all stayed as they were on the previous 3 laps with riders seemingly figuring out some good positions to pass on the difficult Imola circuit.Torres moved past his teammate Reiterberger and went chasing after Savadori for 7th place.
Hayden followed Torres through past Reiterberger as the young german went backwards.
Camier meanwhile was having a battle with Lowes for 5th place the 2 brits swapping positions all of this had allowed Giugliano to have a lonely ride in 4th place.With 2 laps to go the field seemed to have settled in their positions as not many passes were being made Sykes trying hard to catch his team mate but didnt seem to have anwser for him just as Rea didnt have an anwser this weekend for Davies.
Davies with another domiant win just what he needed after a bad weekend at Assen closing the gap on on Rea but only by 10 points as Rea continued to have a 100 percent podium record which is proper conistency and great championship form. Rea’s team mate Sykes coming third again and losing a bit of ground on Davies and Rea. Giugliano managed to get 4th place in front of Camier and Lowes to complete the top 6.
1 7 C. DAVIES
2 1 J. REA
3 66 T. SYKES
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO
5 2 L. CAMIER
6 22 A. LOWES
7 81 J. TORRES
8 69 N. HAYDEN
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK
10 12 X. FORÉS
The next round of the WSBK championship will be in Sepang when we will see if this is real form from Davies or whether Rea can fight back,