Jonathan Rea has broken the World Superbike points record in a single season with his double victory in Qatar to bring his campaign total to 556 points to surpass Colin Edwards’ record set in 2002.

The triple World Superbike champion has completed a record-breaking year with yet another double victory, equalling Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss for most doubles in a season, while beating Edwards’ points record of 552 thanks to his Losail International Circuit double.

In a copybook race starting from ninth place on the reversed grid for race two, Rea made light work of carving his way to the front having followed Chaz Davies for the opening laps. After darting into the lead on lap four when Davies had a huge moment which almost threw him off his Aruba.it Racing Ducati, the 2017 champion eased out a slender advantage but was able to control the gap at will to deny Davies any chance of a late fightback.

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Davies’ main focus was on securing the runner-up spot in the World Superbike championship having taken a 10-point advantage on Tom Sykes in the Qatar opener. His task was effectively completed on lap four when Sykes low-sided off at turn 14 to hand Davies second place in the riders’ championship.

With Davies second, Pata Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark made up for their double DNF in Friday’s race by finishing third and fourth respectively in the 2017 finale. After stalking van der Mark for the opening two-thirds of the race Lowes made his move up the inside at turn one on lap 12 before controlling the gap for the final rostrum spot.

Behind the factory Yamaha pair Xavi Fores got the better of Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Marco Melandri for fifth place, while Eugene Laverty won a race-long tussle with Sylvain Guintoli for Milwaukee Aprilia to take seventh place.

Leon Camier led home Roman Ramos and Raffaele De Rosa on his final appearance for MV Agusta in ninth, while Jake Gagne backed up his impressive race one result with another 12th place for Red Bull Honda. Alessandro Andreozzi, Ondrej Jezek and Roberto Rolfo completed the points finishers as Jeremy Guarnoni ended the race two laps down.

Lorenzo Savadori pulled out of the race early on with a mechanical issue on his factory Aprilia while Jordi Torres suffered a nasty high-side on lap two to mark a painful final showing for Althea BMW. Davide Giugliano failed to start the race for Red Bull Honda due to a stomach illness.

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What is there to say other than pure brilliance!!

Outstanding.And the way he dedicated it to his rivals was pure class. Hope he goes on to win next year despite the attempts to stop him.

I said maybe he was the best ever wsbk rider, but now I don't have much of a doubt. He'd have won in '12, '13 and '14 as well if he was on the kwacka. Most points in one season, and now tied for doubles with Bayliss and Fogarty. He will make short work of remaining records, and we don't realise right now how lucky we are for witnessing it.

Brilliant job by Jonathan! Best WSB rider on by far the best bike... Now get your arse to MotoGP and show your talent... Or stay in WSB and dominate more and more and make it more of a yawn! x

I don't understand Melandri. If his relative lack of performance could forgiven in the first races for lack of mileage, he went from bad to worst and was consistently the worst of the top 4. I don't expect him to improve for next year. Quite the opposite, in fact. On the other side of the spectrum, I also can't see, whichever change of regulations there may be, anyone beating Johnny Rea.

Some people on here prattle on about it being boring and that jr needs to move on and Shane Byrne has won the British SBK championship six times and it's never mentioned about him stepping or moving on and giving someone else a chance.

Would love to see Rea in MotoGP again someday on a competitive bike.

I think he obviously has the talent to  ride in MotoGP but I suspect that the powers that be may think his age is against him.......

Jonathan Rea proved how good he was when he was riding the Honda which has done nothing since he left! What Jonathan managed to do on that bike was amazing given the fact it was years old and nothing like up to the appropriate spec. Now Jonathan has a good bike he can utilise his talent and skills and do what he can which is win races! Tom Sykes is on the same bike but he can't do what Jonathan can so it is the combination of machine and rider that will always come out on top, same in any motorsport. When you have one person who dominates it is always said that it wouldn't be happening if the person was on a different bike or driving a different car, but it has also got to do with how that person performs and how that person uses his obvious skills and it has been proven that anyone with sheer brilliance, like Jonathan Rea will always come out on top! I think it's time people watched poetry in motion instead of constantly knocking it !