Jonathan Rea has his first opportunity to win his sixth title, needing a finish of third or best if Scott Redding can win. The rain had stopped, but it still wasn't dry enough to use anything but wet weather tyres.
Jonathan Rea got the start he needed ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes, with Michael van er Mark and Scott Redding behind them, but Redding lined up van der Mark at turn five to take third place. Redding then took second place from Lowes and sat behind Jonathan Rea as the pair held the same pace for a few laps. Alex Lowes went backwards through the pack while Loris Baz, the only rider on the harder rear tyre, rode through the pack to set the fastest lap and end up ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, only a second behind the leaders.
On lap four, Jonathan Rea went a little wide at the 180 hairpin and Scott Redding hit the gap, lifting Rea's bike on the exit and taking the lead from the world champion. With clear track in front of him, Scott Redding increased the pace with only Rea and Baz behind him able to keep up with Loris Baz taking the fastest lap on lap seven.
Two seconds behind Loris Baz, Michael Ruben Rinaldi had earned the attention of Chaz Davies, as Davies found good pace. Davies took fourth place into turn five at the end of the long straight and as Scott Redding stretched out his lead to over a second, Davies started to chew his way into the two seconds between him and Loris Baz.
At half race distance, while Tom Sykes was holding a grudge match with Garret Gerloff further back, Loris Baz lined Jonathan Rea up and took second place from him into the hairpin at turn thirteen. Scott Redding led by two and a half seconds over Baz and Rea and Chaz Davies was closing.
It took until lap fourteen for Chaz Davies to catch Jonathan Rea and take third place from him at turn seven. Loris Baz was three seconds behind Scott Redding and over a second clear of Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea. Three seconds further back was Michael van der Mark, riding at the same sort of pace as the leaders.
Chaz Davies did his prospects for the second seat at Ducati no harm by keeping Redding's remote championship hope alive, dropping Rea and stretching a gap of over a second, but with three laps left, Rea picked up the pace.
Scott Redding was three seconds clear of Loris Baz who had over a second of clean air behind him, but the third spot on the podium was not yet decided. Jonathan Rea was nipping at Chaz Davies's heels, and if he could-ads him he would be crowned world champion. Davies, looking for a Ducati contract next year, needed to keep in front of him to keep Redding's hopes alive for another weekend. Rea tried and tried, but, after a small slide in turn one of lap twenty, it was clear he was at the limit and all Davies had to do was not make a mistake.
Scott Redding jubilantly won the race ahead of Loris Baz. Chaz Davies held off Jonathan Rea to tae third place and the title would go down to the last round.
Scott Redding is within fifty nine points of Jonathan Rea, with sixty two points up for grabs in two weeks time. Chaz Davies is fifty nine points behind Scott Redding and nineteen points ahead of fifth-place finisher Michael van der Mark.
|1||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|2||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||2.551|
|3||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1.097|
|4||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||4.261|
|5||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||7.409|
|6||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||16.505|
|7||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||19.409|
|8||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||21.612|
|9||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||27.621|
|10||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||28.079|
|11||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||32.422|
|12||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||41.498|
|13||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||42.450|
|14||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||45.588|
|15||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||46.318|
|16||97||S. CAVALIERI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1'14.050|
|17||53||V. DEBISE||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'18.497|
|18||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1'47.214|
|RET||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||5|
|RET||34||X. PINSACH||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1|
|RET||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale V4 R|