Reigning WorldSBK champ Jonathan Rea took his 17th win of the season today in Qatar and equalled Doug Polen’s 27-year-old record of most victories in a season.

Rea was unchallenged after he passed polesitter Tom Sykes on the run from the lights into turn one and as has become usual, gradually pulled away as Sykes rode to a lonely second with Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes fighting for the podium spot.

As he crossed the line Rea, who struggled with front-tyre wear at the end, also moved one step closer to breaking his own record of points in a season but will need at least fifth tomorrow in order to move past the 556 he set in 2017.

Lowes eventually took third place after the scrap with Laverty ended when the Milwaukee Aprilia man made a slight error at turn 16 on the last lap and he lost too much ground to the Pata Yamaha man.

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