Jonathan Rea needs a top ten place to secure the title, but can he manage that in the cool weather without his favourite SC2 front tyre?
Tom Sykes led from pole position, quickly building a gap from Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies, with Niccolo Canepa, Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark close behind. Jordi Torres misjudged his first turn and ended up at the back if the pack, ruining his race.
Sykes again demonstrated his traditional early form, building a one second gap in a couple of laps and Rea in second also stretched a second lead over Davies in third. Nicole Canepa crashed out from fourth place but remounted ahead of last place.
Chaz Davies started closing on Jonathan Rea as Tom Sykes had a two second gap six laps in, bringing Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark with him. With Davies pressuring him, Rea started showing he had problems, not having as much grip into corners. His Kawasaki masked these problems when he was on his own and could ride around the issue, but when he had to ride defensively, he was missing apexes on entry.
Davies passed Rea on the sixth lap as Rea tried to ride around his problems and set after Sykes, hoping his tyre would start wearing out and let him close the gap. Rea was joined by Michael van der Mark and Leon Haslam, fighting their own battle to see who would get to have a go at Rea.
On lap ten, van der Mark passed Haslam and, five turns later he passed Rea for third place. Rea then had Haslam snapping at his heels with Michele Pirro a second back seeing an opportunity.
Jonathan Rea lost the front but saved it without losing any time and maintained his slight lead over Leon Haslam by riding defensively and having the power to respond to every passing attempt out of the corners. Leon's advantage was in corner entry and speed through the corner, but he couldn't use this to pass Rea.
On the one occasion Haslam passed Rea, Rea powered out of the pass and led into the next corner.
As the laps ran out, Tom Sykes didn't lose any tyre grip and managed his three second lead over Chaz Davies who in turn didn't let Michael van der Mark make any headway.
Tom Sykes won convincingly, with Davies in second place and van der Mark, at the track he claimed his World Supersport championship last year, took the last podium spot.
Jonathan Rea finished in fourth place, holding Leon Haslam off, and took the world title with his worst result of the year.
|1||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'41.159||272,0|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||2.865||1'41.972||272,0|
|3||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||6.665||1'41.836||275,5|
|4||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||9.059||1'41.136||275,5|
|5||91||L. HASLAM||Aprilia RSV4 RF||9.318||1'41.823||275,5|
|6||55||M. PIRRO||Ducati Panigale R||10.466||1'41.797||273,4|
|7||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.945||1'42.004||272,7|
|8||15||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati Panigale R||18.020||1'42.778||273,4|
|9||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta F4 RR||18.654||1'42.770||271,4|
|10||1||S. GUINTOLI||Honda CBR1000RR SP||19.510||1'42.926||272,7|
|11||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R||24.441||1'42.791||271,4|
|12||81||J. TORRES||Aprilia RSV4 RF||29.247||1'42.326||276,9|
|13||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35.768||1'42.973||268,7|
|14||36||L. MERCADO||Ducati Panigale R||37.933||1'42.661||272,0|
|15||86||A. BADOVINI||BMW S1000 RR||40.147||1'43.176||274,8|
|16||14||R. DE PUNIET||Suzuki GSX-R1000||40.275||1'43.610||270,7|
|17||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati Panigale R||45.846||1'41.913||271,4|
|18||75||G. RIZMAYER||BMW S1000 RR||1'15.451||1'45.049||264,7|
|19||48||A. PHILLIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1 Lap||1'46.559||261,5|
|20||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1 Lap||1'48.314||266,7|
|21||23||C. PONSSON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3 Laps||1'44.514||269,3|
|22||45||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||3 Laps||1'45.009||257,8|