2017 Qatar World Superbike | Rea Doubles, Secures Most WorldSBK Points Ever

2017 Qatar World Superbike | Rea Doubles, Secures Most Points Ever
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea, the three-time WorldSBK Champion

2017 Qatar World Superbike Results

There was zero pressure for Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea as he entered the final round of 2017 World Superbike at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The 30-year-old Northern Irishman had already clinched the title at Magny-Cours, France, with two rounds remaining. This put him in the history books as the only rider to win three consecutive WorldSBK titles.

Rea was quickest Friday, and followed that up with pole on Saturday. The ZX-10RR pilot then won both races for a total of 16 victories and 24 podiums in 2017 World Superbike, with six of those double wins.

2017 Qatar World Superbike | Rea Doubles, Secures Most Points Ever
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea, the three-time WorldSBK Champion

Throughout the Rea Reign of WSBK, he collected 556 points – the most of any rider since WorldSBK began in 1988. Rea bumped Colin Edwards’ 2002 record of 554 points in a single season.

“The points tally is nice but the championship is the main thing,” Rea said following his double victory. “To win 16 races in a season, more than 50% of the races, is not normal. That’s the biggest thing I take away. This year, like I keep saying, I have no words.

“It has been feeling normal to be here on the podium and that is kind of scary. Right now is my time, so I really am enjoying the moment. Next year it could easily be somebody else so we really need to enjoy this and celebrate an incredible year. I know how difficult it is when things are not coming naturally, and it is an uphill struggle, so that is why I am so grateful to Kawasaki for this opportunity. It is a huge team effort. In a few weeks’ time we can start turning our attention to 2018.”

Joining Rea on the podium in race one was the Aruba.it Racing Ducati duo of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri, respectively. In race two, Davies finished second, followed by Pata Yamha’s Alex Lowes.

In the final 2017 World Superbike points tally, Rea finished 153 points ahead of Davies, and 183 ahead of the other Kawasaki ZX-10RR pilot, Tom Sykes, the 2013 WorldSBK Champion.

2017 World Superbike | Final Point Standings

1Jonathan Rea556
2Chaz Davies403
3Tom Sykes373
4Marco Melandri327
5Alex Lowes242
6Michael van der Mark223
7Xavi Fores196
8Leon Camier168
9Jordi Torres158
10Eugene Laverty157
11Lorenzo Savadori124
12Román Ramos118
13Leandro Mercado115
14Stefan Bradl59
15Raffaele De Rosa52
16Randy Krummenacher50
17Nicky Hayden40
18Sylvain Guintoli34
19Alex De Angelis33
20Markus Reiterberger29
21Ayrton Badovini26
22Ondrej Jezek22
23Leon Haslam20
24Alessandro Andreozzi14
25Jake Gagne14
26Anthony West13
27Davide Giugliano13
28Riccardo Russo13
29Stefan Bradl8
30Takumi Takahashi8
31Jake Dixon7
32Jeremy Guarnoni5
33Joshua Brookes4
34Roberto Rolfo4
35Julian Simon1
36Karel Abraham0