Jonathan Rea led the championship by 48 points from Tom Sykes with only fifty points up for grabs today and tomorrow. The penultimate race of the year was held at night, just before Europe changed its clocks for winter.
The lights went out and the riders charged down the 200mph straight for the first time and Chaz Davies hit the front from third place on the grid. Nicky Hayden pushed Jonathan Rea off the apex for second place but Rea went round the outside of the American to take second place by the second turn. Tom Sykes was in fourth place ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.
By the second lap, Davies and Rea were breaking away at the front and a lap later, Hayden had a gap first from Sykes and then Guintoli who passed Sykes, pouring water on his dwindling championship hopes. Davies and Rea kept expanding their lead while the Pirelli SC0 tyres were still performing well, the gap from Rea to Hayden over two seconds at the start of the fifth lap.
Sylvain Guintoli caught Nicky Hayden, leaving Tom Sykes a second behind and the pair were inseparable. Eight laps in, with 2011 World Supersport champion Chaz Davies and 2015 World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea four seconds clear at the front, 2014 World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli passed 2006 MotoGP world champion for third place with 2014 World Superbike champion Tom Sykes almost two seconds further back.
The race continued with the gaps slowly expanding but on the twelfth lap, past the two-thirds mark, the tyres started feeling the wear and gaps started growing more quickly. Davies had much more tyre left, in spite of having spent a lot to keep ahead of Rea early on as Rea set a faster pace than Davies thought safe for the rubber, and Davies was able to stretch the gap by over half a second a lap from Rea for the last six laps. Sylvain Guintoli in third place had the same pace as Rea and the pair kept a five or six second gap consistently.
Nicky Hayden didn't have much grip left and Tom Sykes reeled him in, a third or two of a second a lap until catching him with three laps to go and, on the last lap, Sykes passed Hayden cleanly, taking fourth place from the American.
Chaz Davies won by almost four seconds from Jonathan Rea and over ten from Sylvain Guintoli, continuing his Panigale's dry dominance since the summer break and surpassing Rea in the number of victories with ten wins to Rea's nine.
Jonathan Rea in second place won his second World Superbike championship and the first consecutive title retention of the millennium, the first since Carl Fogarty's in 1999.
Sylvain Guintoli in third gave Yamaha their first podium since returning to World Superbike. Tom Sykes's fourth place gives him only a seven point lead over Chaz Davies for second place in the championship. Rafaele De Rosa in twelfth place, rewarded with a World Superbike berth for winning the Superstock title, was the fastest man down the straight with a top speed of 317.6km/h or 197.3mph.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3.904|
|3||50||S. GUINTOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||10.498|
|4||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||12.606|
|5||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||12.766|
|6||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||17.879|
|7||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||18.461|
|8||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||19.045|
|9||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||20.882|
|10||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||30.057|
|11||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||34.270|
|12||35||R. DE ROSA||BMW S1000 RR||34.420|
|13||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||34.936|
|14||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||37.786|
|15||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||37.834|
|16||99||L. SCASSA||Ducati Panigale R||55.890|
|17||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'09.075|
|18||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||1'19.301|
|19||9||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'25.103|
|20||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'47.707|
|21||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||4 Laps|
|RET||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||6 Laps|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||7 Laps|
|RET||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||10 Laps|