In the first of the weekend’s three races at the Navarra Circuit, Leon Haslam crossed the line thirteenth while Alvaro Bautista unfortunately crashed in the early stages.
The morning’s Superpole qualifying session ran in dry, cloudy conditions. Bautista was able to record a 1’37.412 in the final minutes to finish twelfth, meaning a fourth-row start for the Spaniard in the afternoon’s first race. Haslam set a best of a 1’38.012 to place seventeenth, translating into a sixth-row start for the race.
At 2pm local time, the lights went out on race 1, which ran over a distance of 23 laps. Getting away from twelfth, Bautista was lying thirteenth through the opening laps, followed by Haslam in fifteenth. The factory riders then made up two positions apiece by lap four, moving into eleventh and thirteenth respectively. Unfortunately lap seven brought a crash for the Spaniard, turn twelve proving to be his downfall today. Alvaro was unhurt but unable to re-join the race. Through the later stages of the race, team-mate Leon began to struggle a little with grip but worked hard to maintain a consistent pace and hold thirteenth position to the line.