Alex Lowes would not compete in the last race of the season, his bike not able to start the race and Xavi Fores also sat the race out due to illness.
Jonathan Rea led Tom Sykes into the first turn ahead of Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies but Davies would make up two places and set the fastest lap on lap two and take the lead as they crossed the line to start lap three.
The front six riders, Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes, Jordi Torres and Michael van der Mark, were all within a few tenths of each other and were over a second and a half clear of seventh-placed Randy de Puniet at the start of the third lap and that gap just kept increasing. Three of the top six would be on the podium.
On the fifth lap, Leon Haslam pushed past Jonathan Rea for second place, going wide on the exit of turn one, but managing to hold his place before the next corner.
As the front runners entered the last corner, Rea sat up and pulled off the racing line, pulling straight into the pits as his bike died under him. He retired for the first time of the year, ending his season just five points short of beating the outright World Superbike record held by Colin Edwards.
Tom Sykes wasted no time in filling the gap left by Rea and six became five.
On the eighth lap, Leon Haslam started stretching the Aprilia's legs on the straight, something he would do almost every lap for the rest of the race. As he came onto the straight behind Chaz Davies, he would hit fourth gear and blow past the Ducati Panigale, most times before the line, every time into turn one. Davies would then take the lead back a few corners later and hold it for the remainder of the lap.
Eleven laps in, the pace proved too much for Michael van der Mark and he dropped off the back, losing touch at the rate of a few tenths a lap.
And five became four.
Jordi Torres in fourth place at the back of the group started probing for a way past Tom Sykes but Sykes was having none of it.
On lap fourteen of seventeen, Leon Haslam led over the line by one thousandth of a second but conceded the lead shortly after. On lap fifteen, Haslam led over the line but once again had to concede the lead to Davies into the first turn. Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres were still within a few tenths of this duel.
On lap sixteen, Davies crosses the line behind Haslam but this time does not manage to take the lead back immediately. Jordi Torres, still behind Tom Sykes, then makes a mistake, sliding his race-winning Aprilia off the track and into the gravel, ending his day.
Four were now three.
Davies took the lead back and they exited the last corner for the second last time. As they crossed the line, the Aprilia's fourth gear stretch once again put Haslam in front and Davies once again had to take the lead back.
All three riders were riding in formation, over five seconds clear of van der Mark in fourth and were still within tenths of each other. Chaz Davies knew that he would need to be clever to lead over the line to take the win, but he made a slight mistake on the last corner, going in a little too hot in an attempt to line himself up to not be passed, and Leon Haslam just sneaked through on the inside and went like the clappers. The Ducati tried to find clean air behind the Aprilia but this was a battle that favoured the Aprilia and Leon Haslam.
Haslam, Davies and Sykes crossed the line within four tenths of a second.
Chaz Davies's second place secured second place in the title chase ahead of third placed Tom Sykes. Leon Haslam's victory didn't change his position in the championship, his fourth place unassailable, but it did put a gold star on his job applications for next year.
|1||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||1'58.068||318,6|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||0.110||1'58.284||311,2|
|3||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||0.388||1'58.344||315,8|
|4||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||7.653||1'58.387||316,7|
|5||1||S. GUINTOLI||Honda CBR1000RR SP||14.487||1'58.917||314,0|
|6||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale R||19.363||1'59.307||309,5|
|7||14||R. DE PUNIET||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22.468||1'59.151||307,7|
|8||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati Panigale R||22.530||1'59.732||306,8|
|9||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||27.596||1'59.262||311,2|
|10||86||A. BADOVINI||BMW S1000 RR||29.294||1'59.157||314,9|
|11||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'02.181||2'01.103||303,4|
|12||45||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'05.246||2'01.788||298,3|
|13||75||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR||1'05.256||2'01.807||299,2|
|14||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||2'04.813||2'05.154||300,0|
|15||48||A. PHILLIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2 Laps||2'01.718||293,5|