Girotti’s 34 points across the two races was enough to see him win the FIM Superbike World Championship supporting event by four points from Spain’s Eric Molina, while Argentina’s Matias Perez completed the first overall R7 SuperFinale podium.
Following earlier showers, the track dried out in Barcelona for the first race of the weekend, and pole-sitter Fabio Starnone led the field away. Several riders battled out front in the early stages, but Starnone dropped out of contention after completing a double long lap penalty imposed during Superpole.
Meanwhile, Filippo Rovelli had made an incredible start from 27th on the grid to run inside the top six after the opening lap. By Lap 2 Rovelli, who had initially qualified second but was dropped to the back of the grid after a penalty, had already made his way into the lead, but the pack behind continued to hound the Italian.
Perez, Molina and France’s Romain Maitre each battled with Rovelli for the win, as the top four pulled clear of those behind. In the end though, Rovelli timed his run perfectly, moving out front on the final lap to take a heroic last-to-first victory at Montmeló.