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Lorenzo Savadori managed to wrap up the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup after he opted out of taking any risks and instead settled for a safe eighth place in an action-packed encounter at Magny-Cours.

The race was won by pole man Jeremy Guarnoni after a feisty five-way scrap at the front was settled in the closing laps. The only man with a mathematical chance of snatching the title from Savadori, Roberto Tamburini was unable to work a sufficient miracle from his lowly 17th grid spot.

Leading by 25 points coming into the final race of the year, Savadori knew that, along with not finishing, he could only lose the title if Tamburini won, a big ask considering his disastrous showing in qualifying.

Savadori's cause was helped early on as Ondrej Jezek quickly built up a sizable advantage at the front. The Barni Ducati rider's advtantage was however short lived, as he crashed out on the exit of the final chicane on lap five.

By then the championship leader was lying second but rather than challenge Guarnoni, Raffaele De Rosa, Kevin Calia, Mathieu Gines and Riccardo Russo for the lead he chose to slow his pace, dropping to ninth the following lap.

Tamburini was making good progress through the top ten having avoided some aggressive moves from Savadori's Nuova M2 Aprilia team-mate Alessandro Andreozzi, and found himself ahead of his title rival on lap seven.

It soon became apparent than the BMW-mounted Italian didn't have the pace to reel in the leading group of five, ensuring Savadori's second half of the race passed without major incident.

With the championship all but decided, it was left to the leading quintet to entertain at the close of the year. Russo crashed out of the podium fight at the 180 hairpin two laps from the flag while Guarnoni maintained his cool to claim the first win in the class for Yamaha's new R1.

Calia found his way past De Rosa on the final lap to snatch second and the impressive Gines - making just his second appearance in the class in 2015 - narrowly missed the podium in fourth.

Climbing from 17th to fifth still represented a good afternoon for Tamburini, despite missing out on the title but the plaudits will rightly go to Savadori, who put the ghosts of 2014 at Magny-Cours to rest with his first Superstock success.

 

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