With the championship being potentially settleable in the last race of the weekend, World Superbike lined up for a twenty one lap race under normal weather conditions after a turbulent weekend.
Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael van der Mark, Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies at the start, and their first meeting at the Adelaide hairpin, turn five, Razgatlioglu made a play for the lead, but missed the apex and dropped to third place. As Michael van der Mark took the lead, Alvaro Bautista took third place from Razgatlioglu. On lap two, Rea set the fastest lap in second place as Razgatlioglu and Bautista had a close battle.
On lap three, Toprak Razgatlioglu started the front in turn thirteen and had to slow down to avoid a slide causing Alvaro Bautista to plough into his rear, knocking both their bikes down. Razgatlioglu's bike hit its fallen rider, but both riders avoided injury. Bautista was able to remount his bike, but with hoses hanging off the left side of the front wheel, the point of impact, all he could do was ride back to the pits and wonder whether that monkey paw he got off the fairground witch was truly the source of a curse, just like those pesky kids in the van told him.
Jonathan Rea started lap two in second place, with a two second gap behind him to Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes, Michael van der Mark in front of him and a pit board that read "Bautista out" in all-caps.
Jonathan Rea looked for a way past Michael van der Mark for a few laps, probably knowing a win would net him an unlikely title this weekend, and he finally found a way through the chicane on lap six while Alex Lowes set the fastest lap closing up to his Yamaha teammate, over a second clear of Loris Baz and Chaz Davies fighting for fourth.
Jonathan Rea held the lead for two laps until Michael van der Mark took it back at Adelaide. Van der Mark held the lead until lap eleven. Rea locked onto the back of van der Mark at turn three and remained with him down the kinked straight, taking a wider line I to the turn five hairpin and switching back to the inside on the exit to take and hold the lead as they charged to turns 5a and six side-by-side. A lap later, van der Mark took the lead back at Adelaide but Rea took the lead back into the chicane, holding it through the 180 left-hand hairpin.
On lap thirteen, van der Mark took the lead around turn three, but Rea pulled his outride manoeuvre at Adelaide to take the lead back on the exit of the corner. A lap later, van der Mark slid the rear around turn three, giving Rea enough breathing room to focus on a clean lap. While van der Mark was still matching Rea's pace, Alex Lowes in third position finally started dropping off, having spent most of his tyres catching up to the Ealing two earlier in the race. By lap sixteen, he was a second behind the leading pair, but a comfortable two and a half seconds clear of Chaz Davies and Loris Baz, Davies having caught and passed Baz over the previous few laps.
Michael van der Mark held onto Jonathan Rea until three laps from the end when Rea finally worked out a manageable gap of just under a second.
Jonathan Rea rode the last three laps at a similar pace to his race and finished the race on his rear wheel, just realising he was World Champion for the fifth time in a row.
Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes rounded out the podium, but they would have to wait in Parc Fermé for Rea's return as he celebrated his record-breaking fifth title. Rea pulled over where several Kawasaki staff, in fresh black t-shirts with a number five in a five pointed star on the front, set up a little green carpet. Rea got off his bike and was dressed by his team in the black celebratory t-shirt and a tuxedo jacket that fitted over his aerodynamic hump. He was given a green bow tie and he walked down the green carpet.
At the end of the carpet, he planted his hands in some concrete, Hollywood walk of fame-style, to carry on the star motif. After many congratulations, he finally made it back to Parc Fermé and took the podium to the British national anthem.
Jonathan Rea won the title with a lead of one hundred and twenty nine points over Alvaro Bautista. The third place battle is still up for grabs as Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark scored points while Toprak Razgatlioglu didn't, relegating him to fifth place, only twenty one points clear of Leon Haslam.
There was no monkey paw.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Yamaha YZF R1||0.862|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||1.702|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||4.014|
|5||76||L. BAZ||Yamaha YZF R1||4.989|
|6||33||M. MELANDRI||Yamaha YZF R1||19.939|
|7||91||L. HASLAM||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||20.130|
|8||66||T. SYKES||BMW S1000 RR||20.305|
|9||2||L. CAMIER||Honda CBR1000RR||26.564|
|10||81||J. TORRES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||27.855|
|11||36||L. MERCADO||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||30.190|
|12||50||E. LAVERTY||Ducati Panigale V4 R||32.283|
|13||20||S. BARRIER||Ducati Panigale V4 R||48.000|
|14||23||R. KIYONARI||Honda CBR1000RR||48.298|
|15||28||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||48.703|
|16||52||A. DELBIANCO||Honda CBR1000RR||54.384|
|17||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||3 Laps|
|RET||11||S. CORTESE||Yamaha YZF R1||10|
|RET||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4 R||19 Laps|
|RET||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1|