Just one pass - a decisive one - followed by boredom for those watching a new record for the Cannibal.
Nothing and nobody bothered Johnny Rea today: the red flag that came out while he was leading didn't ruffle him, and neither did the second start, cancelled due to a technical problem with the lights. In fact, the only tricky moment for the Northern Irish rider came when he was unable to remove his tear off with his left hand, along the straight and at 300 km/h.
On the third start, the Kawasaki rider didn't get away well, his Ninja bucking like a crazy horse, but the three-time champion soon made up for that, in the space of just a couple of corners, attacking Sykes before racing to the win. With this victory, Jonathan reaches 60, beating Carl Fogarty's total of 59: “I'm so pleased for me and the team, I'm amazed with these 60 wins and hope to increase my tally further”. It was to team Provec's advantage that they had tested at this track in recent months.
A good race for Marco Melandri and his Panigale R, one which saw him close second; #33 tried to catch Rea, but was missing something from mid-race onwards: “it was a very good race, I overtook Sykes and didn't make any mistakes. It's always nice to be back on the podium, it was hard to stay upright today”.
Tom Sykes – 2013 world champion – congratulated Rea; the Englishman, the record holder in terms of number of Superpoles, is "just” unlucky to have as a team-mate an animal who is still hungry for more wins: “I didn't have Johnny's pace, Melandri got past me too, but I'm pleased with third place anyway”.
There was a real battle in the Yamaha camp between van der Mark and Alex Lowes: the Dutchman got the better of the Englishman in the end but after the double win at Donington, we expected a little more from "Magic Michael".
Sixth for Eugene Laverty on the RSV4 Milwaukee, seventh for the Aprilia of Lorenzo Savadori, who won the fight with Davies and Camier. Chaz suffered grip issues when changing direction while Leon is gradually returning to full fitness.
Toprak Razgatlioglu also reached the top ten with the Puccetti Kawasaki, followed by Yonny Hernandez with the Pedercini ZX10RR; Mercado, Ramos, Fores and Rinaldi also score points.
Classification: Rea 270, Davies 189, Sykes 179.