This weekend sees the final European round of the 2018 World Superbike season at Magny Cours, France before the series heads to Argentina for the penultimate round and Qatar for the season finale in four weeks’ time. Not many things are certain in motorcycle racing but if ever there was a done deal, it’s this – come Qatar, Jonathan Rea will have been crowned World Superbike champion for the fourth successive year.
With six races to go and a maximum 150 points available only, Chaz Davies and Michael Van Der Mark have a mathematical possibility of catching the defending champion. But with Davies trailing Rea by 116 points and Van Der Mark by 136 the fight seems all but over. If Rea should win, and Davies only manage third place, the title is his.
Other permutations abound, regardless it is highly likely that Rea will by the end of Sundays race be crowned champion and hailed as the greatest superbike rider of all time. A fourth title will see him draw level with Carl Fogarty in terms of championships. While Rea will have won his in consecutive years it took Fogarty six years. Rea surpassed Fogarty’s total of 59 race wins at Brno earlier this season and now has 64 ahead of this weekends racing.