The race would be twenty one laps of Estoril, the shortest track of the year, with a long grid straight. With a track temperature of 29ºC, everyone used the same rear tyre, apart from Loris Baz who opted for the SCX. Sylvain Barrier would not start after a concussion in the Superpole session.
As Scott Redding lined up in twenty second place, Jonathan Rea nipped back into the pits after the sighting lap and was waved through by Pere Riba and he took a second sighting lap, getting another lap on his new untested bike before lining up in fifteenth place.
Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead from pole position ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi who charged through from the second row of the grid. Garrett Gerloff pipped Leon Haslam for third place while Jonathan Rea was in eighth place by turn one. Scott Redding clubbed his way through to fifteenth place but couldn't make any progress after the first turn. Gerloff took second place from Rinaldi as Rea climbed to seventh place to start the second lap. Razgatlioglu led Gerloff, Rinaldi, Haslam, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark, but Jonathan Rea beat both Lowes and van der Mark into the first turn, passing both of them on the brakes and parking his bike at the apex to hold fifth place.
Behind Rea, Lowes and van der Mark swapped places a couple of times throughout the lap as Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on laps two and three in the process of gapping Garrett Gerloff. Leon Haslam fell prey to Rea in the first turn of lap three, catching Michael Ruben Rinaldi and passing him into turn nine. Rea, the master of the reverse grid, took three laps to reach third place from fifteenth on the grid. Scott Redding was eleven places behind Rea.
On lap six, as Michael van der Mark set the fastest lap, a 1'37.200 in fourth place, Scott Redding pulled to the side of the track with a technical issue, handing Jonathan Rea his sixth world championship title.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was over two seconds clear of Garrett Gerloff, Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark as Chaz Davies broke free from the fight for fifth place and started closing on van der Mark, leaving a race-long battle between Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi behind him. Michael van der Mark, close behind Gerloff and Rea, lost the front into turn seven and ended his race. Rea responded by taking second place from Gerloff, having to fight to make the pass stick as Gerloff immediately tried to recover his spot.
At half race distance, with Toprak Razgatlioglu comfortable almost four seconds in the lead, in the battle behind the second group, chasing fifth place, three riders entered the first turn three abreast, with Leon Haslam leading Alex Lowes and Alvaro Bautista as the places settled.
A lap later, Chaz Davies powered past Garrett Gerloff, taking third place before the corner, and a lap later played the same trick on Jonathan Rea. Rea went wide at turn six and Gerloff snuck underneath without having to even change his line, but Rea would take third place back into turn one at the start of lap thirteen. Gerloff returned the favour into lap fourteen as Davies cleared off after Razgatlioglu.
Over the next couple of laps, Razgatlioglu maintained a four second lead over Chaz Davies who was a second clear of Garrett Gerloff and Jonathan Rea. Rea, with five laps left, saw that he had over seven seconds over Alvaro Bautista and settled for the championship, coinciding the podium to the three riders in front of him. With the gap to Rea closing by half a second a lap, with only three laps left, Bautista crashed out on the left hander at turn six, with what looked like a cold tyre, Estoril having so few left-handers that keeping that side of the tyre warm is a challenge.
Toprak Razgatlioglu lapped Loris Cresson and took the win with his front wheel hoisted at the clouds with Chaz Davies crossing the line three seconds behind him. Garrett Gerloff came in third and then there was a few seconds of pause until Jonathan Rea crossed the line to claim his sixth title in a row.
Jonathan Rea pulled up to a table and opened a box with six rings in it and put the sixth on, as his team fitted him with a championship-celebrating t-shirt and a gold helmet. He climbed back on board his Kawasaki and tried to restart it, needing to fiddle with a setting to get the starter motor to bring it back to life. He collected a big flag and headed off to the podium where Scott Redding waited at the entrance like a parent waiting for a child to come back from a party.
Rea celebrated with his team before giving Redding a hug and a friendly chat that looked like they were getting ready to continue their rivalry next year.
Razgatlioglu's celebration was tempered by Rea's championship, like a cousin using your wedding to grandiosely propose to their partner, but a win is a win and Razgatlioglu now has to make only three points on Michael van der Mark to take fourth place in the championship from him.
|1||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3.039|
|3||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||4.220|
|4||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||9.645|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR-R||15.732|
|6||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||15.926|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||16.205|
|8||12||X. FORES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||17.842|
|9||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||18.035|
|10||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||18.404|
|11||94||J. FOLGER||Yamaha YZF R1||20.834|
|12||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW S1000 RR||30.026|
|13||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale V4 R||31.886|
|14||13||T. TAKAHASHI||Honda CBR1000RR-R||47.164|
|16||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||56.970|
|17||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1'32.677|
|18||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1 Lap|
|RET||64||F. CARICASULO||Yamaha YZF R1||12|
|RET||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||14 Laps|
|RET||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||16 Laps|
|RET||71||M. FERRARI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||2|