The results of last World Superbike race of the season, held under the floodlights of Qatar.
Tom Sykes had to beat Sylvain Guintoli to retain his title as the Englishman held a three point lead over the Frenchman. He started his campaign by leading Jonathan Rea, Davide Giugliano and fourth-placed Guintoli. Rea pushed Sykes all lap and pushed past him at the most popular overtaking spot of the track, howling down the straight, into the first turn. Loris Baz was no use in this race, having gone wide on the first lap and putting himself out of the top ten and Marco Melandri would rule himself out, spending the early laps fighting Chaz Davies and Toni Elias.
At the beginning of the third lap, Guintoli passed Giugliano into turn one. At the beginning of the fourth lap, he passed Sykes for second and at the beginning of the fifth, he passed Rea for the lead.
Guintoli, Rea and Sykes ran at the front and they left the remaining riders fighting for fourth, with Elias leading Giugliano in that fight with Melandri and Davies. Guintoli started getting away from Rea and Sykes and Sykes realised he had to get past Rea if he wanted to stay in with a chance of the title. He made his move at the beginning of the eighth lap, passing Rea with the usual first turn move, but Guintoli was a second and a half away at that point and, lap after lap, Guintoli squeezed out a few tenths, riding smoothly and cleanly. Sykes also had Rea to deal with, hounding him in the fiddly third and fourth sectors where Rea was much quicker.
On the fifteenth lap, over three seconds behind Guintoli, Sykes took a look over his left shoulder after a missed exit, but Rea was passing him on the right as he did so. Rea needed the second place to keep Melandri from taking third place in the championship from him and he had no intention of giving it up.
Sylvain Guintoli kept increasing his lead over second place until he had a four and a half second lead and could take the last two laps calmly, and secure his first double win and the World Superbike title.
Jonathan Rea in second place took third place in the championship while Tom Sykes had to settle for second.
With Loris Baz and Marco Melandri in their own battles far behind the title fight, team orders played no part in the results of this race, but the championship very much felt their impact, especially the impact of orders refused by both Baz and Melandri.
|1||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'57.906||324,3|
|2||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||3.568||1'58.401||319,5|
|3||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.092||1'58.376||318,6|
|4||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.305||1'58.372||327,3|
|5||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||8.390||1'58.620||320,5|
|6||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.654||1'58.561||324,3|
|7||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||9.115||1'58.340||319,5|
|8||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||13.015||1'58.785||314,9|
|9||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||13.478||1'58.773||308,6|
|10||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||25.471||1'59.226||314,0|
|11||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||37.964||1'59.993||305,9|
|12||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||38.001||1'59.915||306,8|
|13||67||B. STARING||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||46.248||2'00.718||299,2|
|14||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||51.926||2'01.093||308,6|
|15||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||56.331||2'01.076||295,9|
|16||99||G. MAY||EBR 1190 RX||1'23.937||2'02.390||298,3|
|17||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap||2'05.566||306,8|
|18||95||A. CUDLIN||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1 Lap||2'01.873||299,2|
|RET||52||S. BARRIER||BMW S1000 RR EVO||12 Laps||1'59.774||304,2|
|RET||20||A. YATES||EBR 1190 RX||13 Laps||2'03.007||290,3|
|RET||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||14 Laps||2'00.799||303,4|
|RET||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15 Laps||1'59.035||314,0|