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 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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