The current world champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) won the first race, beating his pursuer Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) to 2.313 seconds. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) in a bitter struggle with Jonathan Rea managed to snatch third place on the podium. Fifth crossed the finish line, Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing). Jakub Smyrzh (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati), who on the eve showed the fastest time in qualifying by winning the pole eventually became only the sixth.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), this time not to set records fell back to eighth position, behind Chase Davis (ParkinGO MTC Aprilia).