WORLD CHAMPION JONATHAN REA EQUALLED THE RECORD FOR MOST WINS IN A WORLD SUPERBIKE SEASON WITH VICTORY IN RACE ONE IN QATAR
Jonathan Rea underlined his complete dominance of World Superbikes when he won race one in Qatar on Friday - matching Doug Polen's record of 17 wins in a single season which was set in 1991.
World champion Rea also extended his record run of successive wins in the series to 11.
The four-time champion from Northern Ireland has the chance to break Polen's record in race two on Saturday.
Rea's Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes started on pole but was beaten to the first bend by Rea who just stayed ahead of the Englishman through the early stages.
Gradually though, it was a familiar story with Rea dominating and eventually finishing 1.42 seconds ahead of Sykes with another Englishman Alex Lowes in third.
There is another record for Rea to aim for on Saturday - a fourth place finish or better will give the champion a new record points total for the season which stands at 556.