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.
Chaz Davies, from eighth on the grid, got to the first turn first, slipping under reverse-grid pole man Eugene Laverty after getting superb launch. Tom Sykes was third with ninth-placed Jonathan Rea in fourth place. Laverty carried too much speed round one corner and, while he recovered, he was passed by a Kawasaki on either side of him and demoted to fourth place. Chaz Davies had a second clear at the front at the start of lap two, while further back, Jordi Torres suffered a massive high side crash, ending his year and BMW contract a few laps earlier than intended.
Jonathan Rea closed on Chaz Davies and broke over a second free of Tom Sykes, only to have Sykes lose the front and crash out, giving Davies second place in the championship. All that remained was Rea's points total, win records, bragging rights and team bonuses to be decided.
On lap four, Chaz Davies crashed, losing the rear in the same place Jordi Torres crashed, only Davies was luckier, saving the crash by shutting the throttle before the power threw him off, destroying the trailing edge of his screen in the process, spewing shards of plastic in his wake. He recovered and returned to full speed only to see Jonathan Rea over a second clear.
Behind the familiar green and red pair at the front, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes both caught and passed Eugene Laverty and, over a few laps, while Xavi Fores and Marco Melandri threw Laverty to Guintoli to deal with, they caught up with Davies.
Thirteen laps into the seventeen lap race, Jonathan Rea was two seconds clear of Chaz Davies who shook off the yamahas behind him as Alex Lowes passed Michael van der Mark and settled into a podium spot.
The field was quite spread out and would require an unusual event for anything to change the front six riders, but the battle for seventh between Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli, looking for a return to World Superbike next year, carried on lap after lap, with Guintoli having to apologise for one close pass being a little impolite. Laverty eventually came out on top, though.
As Jonathan Rea crossed the line, taking the chequered flag in the lead for the sixteenth time this year, his pitboard read "556P", letting him know he was the new record holder for the most points scored in a season. Chaz Davies took second place in the race and the championship and, on the slow down lap, proudly showed his friend Leon Camier the damage he had done to his screen in performing the save of the year.
Alex Lowes took his fourth podium of the year in third place, ending the championship in fifth place behind Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri in third and fourth places respectively and one place ahead of his teammate Michael van der Mark.
Another season is wrapped up and Jonathan Rea is still a worthy world champion, and once again, Chaz Davies was the only man close to him all year, with seven wins to Rea's sixteen.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||1.961|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||4.185|
|4||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||5.843|
|5||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||8.987|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Ducati Panigale R||14.675|
|7||50||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 RF||16.251|
|8||05||S. GUINTOLI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||16.675|
|9||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||19.607|
|10||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||20.628|
|11||35||R. DE ROSA||BMW S 1000 RR||26.043|
|12||45||J. GAGNE||Honda CBR1000RR||32.656|
|13||121||A. ANDREOZZI||Yamaha YZF R1||41.197|
|14||37||O. JEZEK||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||41.844|
|15||44||R. ROLFO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||47.116|
|16||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||2 Laps|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||15 Laps|
|RET||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||15 Laps|
|RET||81||J. TORRES||BMW S 1000 RR||16 Laps|