Jonathan Rea – Double World Champion
Jonathan Rea wrote his name into the history books by securing his second World Superbike Championship in succession.
The last time this feat was achieved was 17 years ago by the legendary Carl Fogarty. A second place finish in the opening race at Losail in Qatar was all Rea needed to secure the necessary points.
Rea had claimed an eighth career Superpole earlier in the day, fending off former MotoGP star Nicky Hayden in the process. Tom Sykes, Rea’s team-mate and the only rider who could threaten his world title challenge only made it to the second row of the grid.