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Rea history hunt derailed by weather

Race Two of the final 2018 World Superbike season event, was cancelled at Qatar's Losail International Circuit on Saturday, due to wet track conditions.

After a storm hit the Losail track in the morning, conditions deteriorated and the decision was taken to cancel Race Two.

Jonathan Rea, of Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, ends the season with 545 points and 17 victories; to become the first man ever to win four successive Superbike World Championships.

Second place in the rider standings, 184 points behind Rea, is Aruba.it Racing Ducati team rider, Chaz Davies, 23 points ahead of Michael van der Mark of Pata Yamaha Team in third spot.

A statement released by race organisers following the Race Two cancellation, reads: "Following the World Supersport race, the safety commission (FIM, Dorna WSBK Organisation and SBK® riders) met.

"Due to an increase of standing water, as well taking into account the difference between power and tyres of WorldSBK and WorldSSP bikes, this led us to decide racing would not be safe in these conditions."

By cancelling Race 2; Rea was denied the chance to break Doug Polen’s record of 17 wins in a single season.

The 331-year-old also lost out on the opportunity to break his own record of points won in a season and finished 21 shy of the 566 points he got last year.


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