Australia wanted more excitement for the last race of the year so it brought rain in for race two, but it stopped raining as the riders headed to the grid and was dry again by the time the race started. Everyone lined up for twenty two laps on slick tyres.
Alvaro Bautista led into turn one as Garrett Gerloff and Xavi Vierge crashed out, Gerloff clipping Vierge's rear tyre into turn two. Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding passed Bautista on the first lap as Bautista went wide, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli. Alex Lowes set the fastest lap, a 1'30.991, and fought off attempts by Bautista to take third from him. The leading six riders were over a second clear of the fight between three Ducatis for seventh place, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Axel Bassani and Philipp Oettl covered by a second.
Jonathan Rea started to escape from the riders behind him and Bautista got past Redding and he was followed by Lowes and Razgatlioglu, pushing Redding to firth place ahead of Locatelli.
Bautista set a 1'30.956 on lap five, catching Rea. Locatelli pushed Redding into turn four to push Redding to the back of the leading group. A lap later, Bautista set a 1'30.956 and powered past Rea down the straight to take the lead before the finish line. Two seconds covered the top six. Bautista set a 1'30.879 on lap seven, but couldn't escape Rea and Razgatlioglu as a gap formed between Lowes and Locatelli.
At half race distance, Bautista led Rea, Razgatlioglu and Lowes with less than a second covering the leading four riders. Over four seconds behind them, Andrea Locatelli led Scott Redding by over a second with Michael Ruben Rinaldi four and a half seconds further back.
At the start of lap fourteen of twenty two, Toprak Razgatlioglu started losing touch with the leading pair and Lowes started nipping at Razgatlioglu's heels, looking for a way past. A lap later, Lowes had better drive into and out of the last corner and he passed Razgatlioglu down the straight but he was staring at a gap of almost two seconds to his teammate Rea ahead of him.
Fifteen laps down, Rea was still under two tenths behind Bautista, over two seconds clear of Lowes and Razgatlioglu. Andrea Locatelli was over six seconds behind them and four seconds ahead of a lonely Scott Redding as the sky darkened slightly.
With less than five laps remaining, Eugene Laverty and Xavi Fores crashed into turn one, Laverty crashing out of the last race of his career and was taken to the medical centre, bringing out the red flags. As over two thirds of the race was completed, the result was called, giving Alvaro Bautista the win ahead of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. Toprak Razgatlioglu took fourth place, seven seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli. Scott Redding was in sixth place. The rain finally showed up on the cool down lap, after the race was decided.
Alvaro Bautista had a quiet word with his Ducati Panigale V4R and gave it a little kiss before returning to the Parc Fermé revelries.
The season close arrived a few laps premature and the riders who finished were rushing to get out of the newly-arrived rain, cutting public celebrations short. It's assumed everyone went back to Dominique Aegerter's mobile home for a party.
|1||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R|
|2||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||I3.1|
|3||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||I3|
|4||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Sector|
|5||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||2 Sectors|
|6||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||I2|
|7||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||2 Sectors|
|8||5||P. OETTL||Ducati Panigale V4R||I2|
|9||49||T. NAGASHIMA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||I2|
|10||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||I1.1|
|11||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||I1.1|
|12||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M1000RR||I1.1|
|13||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||I1|
|14||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||I1|
|15||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||I1|
|16||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||I1|
|17||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||I1|
|18||11||K. SMITH||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SPD|
|RET||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||17|
|RET||12||X. FORES||Ducati Panigale V4R||17|
|RET||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'31.887|
|RET||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1|