Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) won the WorldSBK championship for the sixth successive season in Race 1 at Estoril in Portugal.
A fourth-placed finish was enough for Rea to win the title after main rival Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) stopped with 16 laps to go.
Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA) won the race with relative ease on Saturday afternoon. He turned his first career pole into his second victory of the year as his stock continues to rise.
After a tight battle for second, Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) took the runner-up spot and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) finished third.
Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha), Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA) and Matteo Ferrari (Barni Racing Team) did not finish the race.
Rea, who started from the middle of the grid, will have to wait for his 100th race win, but he will not care as he can now celebrate a historic championship victory.
"I've no feeling right now," Rea said post-race.
"I can't even look back. It's been an incredible journey this season to go through.
"I just want to thank all the organisers to get racing going again. In the middle of what everyone has had to experience in the world in this last year sport always comes second, but we managed to race.
"I miss the fans, my family and friends and the travelling support from Northern Ireland. They can't be here now but it's all for them.
We never gave up and it's been a hell of a journey. I'm so happy.
Rea celebrates sixth world title with ring collection
ESTORIL TOP SIX
- 1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA)
- 2. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +3.039s
- 3. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) +4.220s
- 4. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) +9.645s
- 5. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) +15.732s
- 6. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing) +15.926s