At Imola it turned out to be a picture-perfect race for Jonathan Rea who went on to win it in style. As the lights went out, Rea was in charge of the race as he took the lead, building a sizeable gap between him and the chasing pack. He further upped the game by setting the fastest lap of the race on lap two, further strengthening his lead in the race. From there the defending champion never looked back. He went on to win the race at Imola, his first win at this Italian circuit since 2015, with a margin of 3.75 seconds over Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki duo took one– two on the podium with the final position going to Aruba.it Ducati’s Marco Melandri who was further three seconds behind Sykes. Fourth and fifth places went to Ducati riders as Chaz Davies came home in fourth on his Aruba.it Ducati Panigale R and Xavi Forés of Barni Racing Team astride his Panigale R in fifth.
The second event of the weekend saw Rea equal his WSBK career win record with that of the legendary champion, Carl Fogarty. Unlike race one, Rea had to fight his way up the order to win this race. As the lights went out, Rea was caught behind five riders, all of whom were fighting for the lead. However, by lap four, Rea overtook three riders to sit behind race leader Davies. This is where things became exciting as the two engaged in a nine-lap tussle, with Rea trying his best to overtake Davies. On lap 13, he saw the opportunity and relegated Davies to P2 as he took the lead and continued to further quicken his pace. On the following lap, Rea again put in the fastest lap of the race, further extending his lead. From there, the Kawasaki rider continued to pull away from the Ducati man, eventually winning the race. Davies finished second with Sykes taking the final place on athe podium after a last-minute battle with Xavi Forés.