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Podium Finish For Jonathan Rea At The Final Round Of The Year
Jonathan Rea ended his championship winning WorldSBK campaign with a second place finish in race one at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar.
In the second race a technical issue with his machine resulted in his first DNF of an almost perfect season. Rea ended up with a final championship points total of 548, the seconds highest in WorldSBK history and winning advantage of 132 points over his nearest rival.
Kawasaki Team-mate Tom Sykes scored two third places today to end his season in overall third place. The first race was won by Spaniard Jordi Torres with his Aprilia team-mate Leon Haslam taking the spoils in race two. Chaz Davies (Ducati) scored a third and then second place to secure the runner-up spot in the championship overall.
Under floodlights at the 5.380km circuit in Qatar Rea looked set to challenge for the opening race win all the way after he got into a personal battle with Torres. He missed his target by only 0.726 seconds after 17 intense laps, attempting several passes on the final laps.
In race two Jonathan had his first technical issue this season and was forced to stop after a few laps, having been in a leading position once again and looking at recording another victory to add to his impressive haul this year.
It has been a remarkable season for the entire KRT squad and the Ninja ZX-10R. Of the 26 individual races run in 2015, Rea won 14 and Sykes four, with Kawasaki also winning the Manufacturers’ Championship for the first time.
Jonathan Rea said: “I gave 200% in race one and I can’t thank my guys enough because they worked hard to give me a really good bike. When Torres came past I made a really big effort to stay with him. Race two was a frustrating way to end the year but we have to be clever and look back at the amazing season we had, with so many wins, and winning the championship. I wanted to win again in race two and we were doing enough in the beginning to manage our tyres better than the others. I am just a bit gutted that I missed out on the second race because it looked like a fun race to be part of! I would have liked the battle.