WorldSBK in Qatar
Rea ends the season at the podium and Kawasaki manages to win the Manufacturers Championship
On October 24, 25 and 26, the last race of the season was held at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The only appointment on the calendar where the WorldSBK riders run at night.
The action on the track began on Thursday with free practice. Jonathan Rea made the second best time while his teammate, Leon Haslam, was 12th. Although the training sessions were also done at night, humidity and high temperatures were a challenge for riders and teams.
On Friday the last Superpole was played and once again, Jonathan Rea took the first position getting a total of seven poles this season. Leon Haslam would leave from sixth position.
Jonathan Rea led during the 17 laps of Race 1 and won the 15th victory this season. Leon Haslam had a tough battle after overcoming the collision with another rider and after getting off track at any given time, but managed to finish fifth.
After the end of the first race of the weekend, Kawasaki was proclaimed winner of the Manufacturers Championship with an impeccable performance.
On Sunday the last Tissot-Superpole of the season took place where Jonathan Rea led again and won the victory leaving Álvaro Bautista 2,027 seconds away. Leon Haslam fought with determination and finished fourth.
The current world champion finished the season at the top of the podium after winning the last race in Qatar. Jonathan Rea says goodbye with 663 points in the championship, 165 more than his closest competitor.
Leon Haslam had a positive and negative experience on his last day in Kawasaki. After having a good performance in the ‘sprint’ race, in the second race the grip of his front tire fell and he had to settle for ninth place.
The SuperSport300 championship also played the final event this season at the Losail International Circuit.
Kawasaki Provec Racing team driver Ana Carrasco finished fifth. After being the fastest driver throughout the weekend, Ana made a great start in the race and after a few disputed final laps and with several touches, crossed the finish line in fifth position.
Ana Carrasco ends the season in third place in the World Cup, behind Kawasaki drivers Manuel González and Scott Deroue.
This closes the WorldSBK season until February 2020 where the first appointment will take place at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.