Rea caps stellar season with historic win

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea capped off his utter domination of the 2017 World Superbike season in style with victory at the final race of the season in Qatar.

The Northern Irishman, who had already sewn up the championship before winning Race 1 on Friday, added another victory in Race 2 to take his total points tally for the season to 556 – breaking the previous record for most points in a season set by Colin Edwards back in 2002.

The Qatar double also saw the Triple world champion equal Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss for most doubles in a season.

Rea produced another textbook performance, as he did in Race 1 although his margin of victory was less dominant, with runner-up Chaz Davies – who also secured the overall runner-up spot for the season – finishing less than two seconds behind for Racing Ducati.

Starting from ninth place on the reversed grid for race two, Rea quickly made his way to the front behind Davies before making his move and taking the lead on the fourth lap.

From there he controlled the pace of the race with relative ease, holding Davies at bay all the way to the finish line.

Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark were able to atone for their ill-fated performances in Race 1 by securing third and fourth place respectively.

Van Der Mark was inititially in the final podium spot, but Lowes made his move up the inside at turn one on lap 12 to clinch the final rostrum spot.

Xavi Fores was another retiree from Friday who was much improved this time around, securing fifth place for Barni Ducati.

Davies’ team-mate Marco Melandri was sixth, followed by Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty in seventh and Sylvain Guintoli of Puccetti Kawasaki in eighth.

Rounding out the top ten were Leon Camier in his final race for MV Agusta and Roman Ramos of Team Go Eleven Kawasaki.

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, meanwhile, saw his hopes of securing runner-up place for the season go up in smoke after crashing out of the race on lap four.


1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 17 laps
2. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati Panigale R +1.961s
3. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +4.185s
4. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 +5.843s
5. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R +8.987s
6. Marco Melandri ITA Racing Ducati Panigale R +14.675s
7. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +16.251s
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR +19.675s
9. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +20.607s
10. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR +20.628s
11. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR +26.043s
12. Jake Gagne USA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +32.656s
13. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 +41.197s
14. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +41.844s
15. Roberto Rolfo ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +47.116s
16. Jeremy Guarnoni FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2 laps

Did not finish

Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4
Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR
Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR

Did not start

Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2