There was drama from corner 1 with the BMW’s dream 1-2 ending in the gravel at the first corner.
The BMW’s started in a dream 1-2 in WorldSBK today with Laverty leading the race, this wasn’t meant to be, contact with another rider in the first corner scrap caused a chain reaction which took both riders out, a racing incident but unjust given their qualifying performance.
Jonathan Rea very quickly took the lead and held this until the very end to win his 98th race in the class, putting one hand on the championship, he was involved in a battle with Loris Baz and Garrett Gerloff for the win with Gerloff, unfortunately, crashing out of podium contention.
Loris Baz took the second-place spot in the race, also locked in a battle for the Yamaha factory seat with Gerloff. Alex Lowes was the third-fastest man, taking his first podium since the season opener at Phillip Island.
Chaz Davies was the fourth fastest man, running a pretty lonely race, lapping in fourth and not engaging in fights with too many riders, teammate Scott Redding was behind him in fifth, capitalising on a huge hi-side from Haslam and overtaking Razgatlioglu as the Turkish man slowed to avoid the crash, finishing in sixth place.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi took seventh place, once again not engaging with anyone and running a lonely race finishing ahead of Xavi Fores.
Michael van der Mark took ninth place, a great result given that he crashed during the race and remounted, not losing too much time, Tati Mercado who makes a return from injury took 10th place.
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