The first Superbike race of this Riviera di Rimini WorldSBK round was affected by a thunderstorm which meant that the start was delayed and then red-flagged just four laps after the lights went out due to the track conditions. The race was restarted a short time later but reduced to a distance of 18 laps.
Starting from 19th on the grid, Yuki Takahashi had already worked his way up to eleventh place before the race was interrupted. Re-starting from the fourth row (the grid established according to the positions the riders held at the time of the interruption), the rider fought hard in a group comprising fellow Honda rider Delbianco, Melandri, Cortese and Rinaldi. Despite the difficult conditions, and on and off rainfall, Takahashi ultimately crossed the finish line in a very positive eighth place.
Ryuichi Kiyonari finished inside the points zone, in fourteenth place, but it was a less than satisfactory result for him, as he was hoping for better feeling in the wet conditions and a better final race result.