Jonathan Rea has clinched yet another comfortable World Superbike victory in the penultimate race of the year to close in on the most points in a season record, while Chaz Davies edges towards second place in the riders’ championship.

The triple World Superbike champion rarely looked in danger of taking the win, and Kawasaki’s first at the Losail International Circuit, to further cement his domination of 2017. Rea now needs to win the final race of the campaign to beat Colin Edwards’ most points record of 352 set in 2002.

With Rea in a class of his own winning by just under five seconds, Davies clinched second place for Aruba.it Racing Ducati to take a huge stride towards securing the runner-up spot in the championship having entered the race weekend level on points with Tom Sykes.

Sykes made positive progress off the line to slot into second place behind Rea before eventually fading down to sixth place but his position was somewhat boosted by three riders ahead of him falling out of contention.

Two of them came from the Pata Yamaha squad to mark a nightmare race for the team, with Michael van der Mark tipping off on lap seven after appearing to clip his front wheel into Sykes’ rear wheel when closing down on the Kawasaki rider.

Alex Lowes was involved in a feisty fight with Davies for second but low-sided out at turn 16 on lap 10, only to re-join the action before crashing again two laps from the finish having battled back to 13th place.

Xavi Fores lost his fight for a potential maiden dry weather podium in World Superbikes when his Barni Ducati pulled out with a mechanical issue on the start/finish straight at the beginning of lap 10.

With three riders at the front out, Marco Melandri grabbed another podium on his return to the World Superbike championship in third place, while Milwaukee Aprilia also profited with Eugene Laverty scoring his best result of the year in fourth place and Lorenzo Savadori equalling his best finish of the season in fifth place after the pair enjoyed a race-long tussle.

With Sykes down in sixth, he almost lost further places to Jordi Torres on the Althea BMW who finished the race just over a second off the factory Kawasaki rider.

Sylvain Guintoli grabbed another solid result on the Puccetti Kawasaki with eighth place ahead of MV Agusta’s Leon Camier as Roman Ramos rounded out the top ten on the Team Go Eleven Kawasaki.

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Yawwwwwwn. Rea is doing what he is supposed to be doing  and will continue to do so until other factories get involved and try to stop Kawasaki from having their way with this series.

If Rea was on the Ducati he wouldn't be in the top ten.

After canceling my cable TV subscription I have paid 69.00€ each of the last 4 years for the WorldSBK video pass to watch the races on the net. After another total domination again this year by Johnny I just canceled my auto-renewal and will just read about the races next year instead of paying to watch them. The only thing that will be interesting to see about race 2 tomorrow will be if Johnny wins yet again to beat Colin Edwards’ most points record of 352 set in 2002.

V46R wow, another stupid comment from a Rossi fan! Suppose you think Rossi would have won 9 titles if Marquez and Lorenzo were 15 years older?  As for other comments about paying, I get BTSports which gives me all the MotoGP races and practice sessions AND WSB championships so not too bad, apart from Keith Huewen and Julian Ryder arselicking each other all the time and Neil Hodgson simply arselicking himself.

LOL if Rea was on a Ducati you wouldn't see which way he went, remember Careless Chukker? Well beaten when Rea's Honda teammate (So was everyone else) then the title on a Duc. Rea's a better rider now as well.

I like Tom Sykes but It’s time to give his ride to someone else. A change of bikes might help Tom as well. 

Just too dull. Rea has no competition apart from Chaz who's bike isn't good enough. Guinters comes from BSB straight into the top 10 on a bike he hasn't risen. And hes only just in the top ten in BSB.

Rea should be in Motogp where he would be at least as good as Crutchlow and way better than Redding and Smith etc. 

I am surprised sometimes to find that some of the "experts" on here don't have jobs with the top works teams

It would certainly kill the series off if Rea was on the Panigalle. With an extra 200cc, astronomically expensive Desmo cylinder heads, smaller frontal area, better ground clearance and less weight. How many advantages do they need?! At least by not competing in MotoGP Kawasaki can afford the fittest brolly girls, with the biggest knockers.

Johnny Rea is a class act. If he was on the Ducati he would win by double his present margin.

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