Bautista and Ducati appear to be running several generations ahead of the decade-old Kawasaki and Yamaha, as the Italian bike can effortlessly float along and then pass at will when either Rea or Razgatlioglu make a lunge to the front.
The other Ducatis scrabble around in mid-to-top-third.
Gerloff on the BMW, with its long walrus-whisker-length aero wings that almost touch the track at the apex (ground effects?), continues to hang out in the single-point section of the field.
van Der Mark, also on the Bavarian brand, had an ENORMOUS highside in Race 2 at the Gert Timmer Chicane, and for his effort earned a broken left femur and a salute from the crowd as he was loaded into the ambulance.
Baz, also riding Roundrel, lost it at large-speed numbers.
Rea binned it while chasing in third.
Petrucci is said to not be getting along with WSBK-spec machinery; with discretion, he survives races to the finish.
Locatelli, Bassani, Aegeter and Gardner shadow the lead trio.
Supports splitting everywhere.