The World Supersport championship came down to the last race, with Kenan Sofuoglu keeping it alive in spite of breaking his hip five weeks previously. Lucas Mahias led the fight by twenty points going into the last round.
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Seventeen laps in the desert under artificial lighting, the air temperature was 28ºC and it was the penultimate round of the battle for second place between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
World Supersport qualifying had some surprising names in Superpole one, fighting for only two slots in Superpole two.
The last Superpole of the year opened under the floodlights, with second place in the championship to be decided between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
Jionathan Rea was quickest by over eight tenths of a second, ahead of Marco Melandri and Alex Lowes, in this untimed session.
Niki Tuuli was quickest ahead of Gino rea and Kyle Smith with current World Champion, deemed fit to race today, fourth quickest, ahead of championship leader Lucas Mahias.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in the last session of the day, in spite of being unable to improve on his earlier time, joined at the top by Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies continued their fight for second place in the championship third and fourth quickest.
Lucas Mahias took charge in a session where almost everyone improved on their earlier lap times. Jules Cluzel was second-quickest while Luke Stapleford and Federico Caricasulo recorded identical laps six thousandths off Cluzel's time. Sofuoglu was seventh quickest again.
Jonathan Rea topped the session ahead of Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies, the latter pair dicing for second place in the championship this weekend.
Kyle Smith opened the weekend with the quickest time in the first evening session under the lights of Qatar. Lucas Mahias, second quickest, will have to wait until Saturday to fight for the title with Kenan Sofuoglu just half a second off the pace in seventh place.
World Superbike race two mirrored the Saturday race with a red flag in the first lap and a restarted nineteen lap race.
With Kenan Sofuoglu missing this weekend, the title could be decided this race, with Lucas Mahias needing to end the race 25 points clear of Sofuoglu to lift the trophy.
World Supersport Superpole One started ten minutes late after the red flag in the World Superbike race added a short delay. Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to take part this weekend, leaving the championship fight up to Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais.
One lap into the race, Raffaele Re Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed out at turn six and a red flag was brought out. A nineteen lap race would start after the quick start procedure and the fight for second place in the championship would begin anew.
The morning was laden with fog, but cancelling the World Superstock untimed session got the schedule back on track. Tom Sykes would be trying to match Troy Corser's Superpole record of 43 pole positions.