For race 2 of the Italian round the grid started off with Jordi Torres on pole, followed by Xavi Forés and Eugene Laverty. Randy Krummenacher, Roman Ramos and Lorenzo Savadori took up row 2 with championship leader Jonathan Rea behind, heading Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes. Marco Melandri, Michael van der Mark, Leon Camier, Leandro Mercado, Rafaelle De Rosa and Alex de Angelis lined up on rows 4 and 5 while Stefan Bradl, Fabio Menghi, Ayrton Badovini and Ondrej Jezek finished off the 19 rider field. Unfortunately, Chaz Davies was declared unfit to race after a crash from race 1.
Everyone got a good start off the line with Forés taking the hole shot, shortly after Torres took the lead and rode one of the best rides of his season so far. Early on, the top 5 consisted of Torres, Forés, Sykes, Rea and Melandri who had started to break away leaving Laverty behind.
Sykes struggled to get past Forés but 6 laps in he had a technical problem, forcing the Ducati to retire which left Torres, Melandri, Sykes and Rea to fight it out. Torres showed incredible riding from the line, while in 1st he showed a good defensive style, but once Melandri passed him he didn’t let the factory Ducati escape or let Rea close in. Unfortunately, towards the end of the race he suffered a technical problem, putting him out of podium contention. Once Torres had left, it was then Melandri taking the lead and starting to create a gap from Rea, which he couldn’t strongly respond to.
The battle for 5th was between Laverty, Lowes and team mate van der Mark. Both managed to pass Laverty, but shortly after Lowes crashed out at T2. Further back there were impressive rides from De Rosa and Krummenacher who were fighting for 8th place.
Melandri P1 – “It was not easy, I had such good race at the beginning of the season then we struggle a lot – But after the test here the team made an awesome job and the bike is much better for my riding style. To win here in front of Ducati people and all of my family, fans is unbelievable so for me, first win with SBK in Italy. I just want to thank Aruba team, Ducati team because they really work so hard to make me comfortable on the bike.”
Rea P2 – “Honestly, very difficult and I didn’t have too much more to be honest. The bike felt really – made mild changes compared to yesterday, the bike felt completely different. I’m really happy with the position, I’m really disappointed a little bit with myself and the set up as well with the bike but to be at mid-point in the season with a full weekend of points in the pocket is really, really nice. Looking forward to a few weeks rest now and then get going for Laguna before the summer break but all in all really happy. Happy Fathers day to all the fathers out there, enjoy yourself – I’m going to enjoy myself on the beach this week.”
Sykes P3 – “Today a lot closer and overall, race performance is okay but I’m just disappointed in the early laps, why I can’t use the bike and the tyres to the full potential. We made some good passes early on and then when I arrived behind Torres and Forés, I wanted to go but I just didn’t have the rear traction to set up a pass so this was my only big disappointment of the race so this is something we need to work on. Overall we closed some small points to the championship lead, this is a positive, the positive is we had a good weekend in general – Always trying to improve. Today in the greasy conditions looks like some of our competition was slightly better so we will try and learn from this, enjoy the results, not a bad weekend and come back hopefully stronger in Laguna.”
The final race results were as follows:
Melandri, Rea and Sykes taking the podium spots. In 4th was van der Mark followed by Laverty, Savadori, De Rosa and Krummenacher. Finishing the top 10 it was Mercado and Bradl and getting points this weekend were Badovini and Jezek as only 12 riders managed to finish the race.
DNF: Menghi crashed at T10 while Lowes crashed at T2. Ramos, Camier, Forés, De Angelis and Torres all suffered technical problems.
Rea still leads the championship with 296 points ahead of his team mate Sykes. Davies manages to keep his 3rd place while Melandri moves up to 4th and Lowes moves down to 5th with 141 points. Fellow Yamaha rider, van der Mark moves up to 6th in the championship with 115 points and Forés in 7th with 110 points. In 8th is Camier with 89 points and finishing the top 10 in 9th is Torres with 85 and Laverty, currently on 79 points.