Jonathan Rea erkämpfte beim Superbike-WM-Rennen in Magny-Cours im Superpole-Rennen Platz zwei und siegte anschließend im zweiten Rennlauf. Damit sicherte sich der Kawasaki-Pilot seinen fünften Superbike-WM Titel in Folge. Ducati-Titelrivale Alvaro Bautista war mit Toprak Razgatlioglu kollidiert und musste aufgeben. Jonathans Sieg im zweiten Rennen war sein zwölfter Saisonsieg. Rea feierte seinen 83. Karrieresieg mit 0,862 Sekunden Vorsprung vor Michael van der Mark und hat mit 544 Punkten die WM-Krone sicher, auch wenn noch Rennen in Argentinien und Katar ausstehen.
Jonathan Rea: »I am just super-happy. It has been the biggest challenge to date and we have just chipped away. The beginning of the season was really tough, to be beaten the way we were. But to mentally accept the challenge and keep working as a team, also away from the track, we kept strong. I have worked and kept working. We all go to each weekend looking for the opportunity and we have had lots of opportunities this year, and won a lot of races. It is beyond my wildest dreams to win the title here because after four rounds I would have bitten your hand off if you told me I was going to be champion. With yesterday’s race being quite chaotic I was nervous going into today because I did not understand the points situation. The target all weekend was to try and – realistically – win it in Argentina, so we could go to Qatar with less pressure. But we got another opportunity today and I felt a little bit better with the bike compared to yesterday. With the temperature going up the pace was not so fast I was able to manage the bike, and I could see my opportunity with Michael. He was struggling in some areas where we were strong. And we were weaker in some areas where he was strong. So I was putting that all together, learning that for a few laps and then putting my head down and getting the job done. Massive thanks to Kawasaki, the team, my sponsors, my family, all my friends and everybody in my corner. I am the guy taking the plaudits but it is such a big team effort and I am fortunate to be in this position.«