WorldSBK World Champion Jonathan Rea used the thirteenth and final round of the 2017 series to set more milestones in the sport by racing to his sixth double victory of the year and recording the highest ever points total. The 1-1 on Friday and Saturday night under the Losail lights gave the 30 year old his 15th and 16th wins of the season and surpassed his own ‘PB’ of 14 chequered flags in one term (set in 2015); his clear and undisputed runaways in the desert were also notable ‘firsts’ for JR in Qatar.
Rea ends 2017 with three consecutive titles and 556 points; 153 more than the next best-placed rider. His potent combination with the Ninja ZX-RR even defied a new ruling for the year where the grid was inverted for the second race. The Brit obtained 24 podiums from 26 and finished in the top three in every outing that he completed.