Friday, 31 August 2012
In contrast to Race 1, Race 2 was held in dry conditions which saw all runners start on slicks. The ducati's decided to run the softer compound, which ended up being a mistake and compounded a miserable weekend for the Italian marque.
Tom Sykes seemed to check out the front very early, with a chase group of Melandri, Haslam, Biaggi, Rea and Laverty following. That was until Biaggi, using the his Aprilia missile to good effect to get pass Rea on the back straight but the manouvre compromised his corner entry and he punted into the back of a helpless Haslam.
With Biaggi and Haslam off to the medical centre to get checked out, Melandri set about closing down Sykes, closing up on him quickly and taking the lead.
The battle for second went down to the wire, with the fading Sykes trying to hold of Rea and the charging Laverty. The drama continued to the end, with Laverty high siding on the last lap on turn 14, taking out Rea. Checa had to take evasive action, promoting Davies to the podium wth Checa finishing behind in fourth.