It’s all to play for as we head into the final round of the 2016 World Superbikes Championship in Qatar.
Jonathan Rea started race one from pole position and only needed to finish in the top 14 (if Sykes was to win the race) to take the championship chances away from his team mate and keep it for himself.
Chaz Davies took an early lead off the line with Rea tucked in closely behind him. Lap by lap Rea was dropping back, and it was clear that he didn’t want to push it too much as finishing second would still secure him the championship for a second year in a row.
Fresh from his British Superbikes championship battle, Leon Haslam returned to the World Superbikes paddock. He was having a great race on the Kawasaki, having his own battle with Michael van der Mark and ended up finishing in 11th.
We lost Leon Camier to the gravel with three laps to go, and Davide Guigliano was forced to retire earlier on. Ioda Racing’s Lorenzo Savadori also fell off, but re-joined and worked his way up to a respectable 10th place.
In the end, it was Chaz Davies who put in an incredible performance to take yet another victory, followed by Jonathan Rea and Pata Yamaha’s Sylvain Guintoli.
But the man of the hour was well and truly Jonathan Rea, who has clinched his second World Superbikes championship in a row to become the first rider to win back to back WSBK titles since Carl Fogartyin 1998- 1999.
WSBK race one results
Chaz Davies – 33:32.214s
Jonathan Rea – + 3.904s
Sylvain Guintoli – + 10.498s
Tom Sykes – + 12.606s
Nicky Hayden – + 12.766s
Xavi Fores – + 17.879s
Alex Lowes – + 18.461s
Jordi Torres – + 19.045s
Michael van der Mark – + 20.822s
Lorenzo Savadori – + 30.057s
(phot credit: roadracingworld.com)