On lap 2, Davies was off in turn 9, knocking himself hard enough that medics kept him from race 2. The race settled out as Melandri led from Guintoli and Sykes. By lap 7, only these three remained in contention, Giugliano in fourth being almost 4 seconds out of first by lap 11. By lap 12, all the frontrunners had slowed into the 1:24s. Late in the race, Melandri’s rear tire could be seen to step out in small jumps, spinning, as its grip slowly lost consistency. All three riders were being extremely careful—concentration cannot lapse, allowing a fall. Points are the goal, not glory, which is racing’s fool’s gold. Slowly Sykes fell back, still third, to be 6.6 seconds out of first at the end.