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Rea narrowly misses out on WSBK points record

Mechanical issues for champion in Qatar

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea's hopes of setting a points record ended when his Kawasaki suffered a technical problem in the final race of the season in Qatar.

The Castletown resident finished second in race one, just 0.7 seconds behind behind Spain's Jordi Torres.

Rea's KRT team-mate was Tom Sykes third.

Leon Haslam won race two ahead of Chaz Davies and Sykes.

Rea finished the season with 548 points, 132 clear of Davies.

He had needed 25 points from the final round to beat Colin Edwards' record, which was set in 2002.

Second place in the first race meant he was just five points shy, but his ZX-10R developed a problem while he was running in podium contention, forcing him out of the race on lap six

His tally of 23 podium finishes in 2015 beat the record set by Troy Bayliss, also in 2002.

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