The last race of the year, with all the titles decided, all that remains is Jonathan Rea's chance at a points total record, attempting to beat the 552 points hauled in by Colin Edwards in 2002 and the fight for second place in the championship between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
The World Supersport championship came down to the last race, with Kenan Sofuoglu keeping it alive in spite of breaking his hip five weeks previously. Lucas Mahias led the fight by twenty points going into the last round.
Press releases from the WorldSBK and WorldSSP teams after the first race of the weekend in Qatar:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Qatar:
Seventeen laps in the desert under artificial lighting, the air temperature was 28ºC and it was the penultimate round of the battle for second place between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
World Supersport qualifying had some surprising names in Superpole one, fighting for only two slots in Superpole two.
The last Superpole of the year opened under the floodlights, with second place in the championship to be decided between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
Jionathan Rea was quickest by over eight tenths of a second, ahead of Marco Melandri and Alex Lowes, in this untimed session.
Niki Tuuli was quickest ahead of Gino rea and Kyle Smith with current World Champion, deemed fit to race today, fourth quickest, ahead of championship leader Lucas Mahias.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in the last session of the day, in spite of being unable to improve on his earlier time, joined at the top by Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies continued their fight for second place in the championship third and fourth quickest.