Qatar WSBK: Rea breaks points record with Race 2 win

Jonathan Rea capped off the 2017 World Superbike season with a dominant win in the Sunday Qatar race, and broke the record for most points collected in a single campaign.

Qatar WSBK: Rea breaks points record with Race 2 win
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Podium: Race winner Lucas Mahias, GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing leads
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing

Rea ended the season with 556 points, beating Colin Edwards' previous record of 552 from 2002.

The Northern Irishman took first place when early leader Chaz Davies had a major moment on corner exit.

The Ducati rider narrowly avoided crashing but lost a lot of momentum, and Rea easily went past the Welshman.

Despite starting from eighth on the grid, Davies had needed just two corners to take the lead at the start, passing pole-sitter Eugene Laverty.

After Davies dropped behind Rea, the duo remained reasonably close but never changed positions again, and finished the race in first and second respectively.

Davies completed the season as the runner-up after Tom Sykes, who was 10 points adrift of the Welshman before the race, crashed out.

Sykes was one of three big-name early retirements along with Jordi Torres, who ended his Althea BMW career with a spectacular highside crash, and Lorenzo Savadori, whose Aprilia slowed with an issue.

Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark managed to keep up with the leading duo throughout the race, the former passing the latter for the final podium position with five laps remaining.

Lowes collected his fourth podium of the season, and secured fifth in the standings behind the quartet of factory Kawasaki and Ducati bikes.

Barni Ducati's Xavi Fores beat factory rider Marco Melandri for fifth, as Laverty dropped down to seventh place.

The Irishman outduelled Sylvain Guintoli (Puccetti Kawasaki) for the position, as Leon Camier (MV Agusta) and Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki) completed the top 10.

Race 2 results

ClaRiderBikeTime
1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki -
2 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 1.961
3 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 4.185
4 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 5.843
5 spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 8.987
6 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 14.675
7 ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 16.251
8 france Sylvain Guintoli  Kawasaki 16.675
9 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 19.607
10 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 20.628
11 italy Raffaele De Rosa  BMW 26.043
12 united_states Jake Gagne  Honda 32.656
13 italy Alessandro Andreozzi  Yamaha 41.197
14 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki 41.844
15 italy Roberto Rolfo  Kawasaki 47.116
16 france Jeremy Guarnoni  Kawasaki 2 laps
  italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia  
  united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki  
  spain Jordi Torres  BMW  
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