Rea The Super Record Breaker

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.

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.

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