A stopped and restarted first race was finally run over six intense laps, with Tom Sykes (KRT) leading to start but his team-mate Jonathan Rea took the lead soon after and eased way from Sykes.
The 2013 world champion did not give up the fight as he chased Rea all the way, setting a new lap record of 1’46.707 on lap five, before making a mistake changing gear on the final lap.
Rea was to hold onto his advantage and win by 0.482 seconds, with Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati WSB) third, continuing his dream comeback to raceday.
Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Red Devils) was fourth and current world champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda) fifth.
From the blocks in race one it was Giugliano, from Rea, Sykes, Davies and Haslam a little behind.
Haslam ran on at Variante Alta lap four, but recovered his place.
De Puniet retired on lap four. Torres ran on and had to fight back from
Sykes took second place on lap five, inside at the first Variante
Davies scored a pass on lap seven but then ran wide and onto the gravel at the Rivazzas, his race over due to a technical issue.
He had set the best lap of the cancelled race on lap 6, a 1’47.290 that was just outside the lap record.
A red flag was thrown on lap 12, after David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) had crashed out.
A six-lap restart was called, with Sykes and Res out front early, Giugliano and Haslam disputing third until Haslam dropped back.
Leon Camier crashed out on his MV, unhurt.