The final round of the 2014 World Superbike championship takes place this weekend in Qatar with Sylvain Guintoli chasing down Tom Sykes in the standings in what looks set to be a winner takes all showdown in the final race of thee season.
This weekend also marks the first time that WSBK has raced under the lights at the Losail International Circuit and the spectacle that makes the MotoGP race so unique looks set to be translated to this weekend’s Superbike round.
Sunset prior to the start of action
This is the biggest weekend of Guintoli’s career, can the Frenchman claim his first world title?
Tom Sykes comes to Qatar as the defending champion and the Englishman looks determined to retain his crown
Marco Melandri has won three of the last four races and the Italian is the form man in the championship and looks set to play the spoiler once again
Eugene Laverty will make the move to MotoGP after this weekend’s race and with the circuit more suited to the Suzuki than most the Irishman will be eyeing a podium
Chaz Davies has had a solid first season as a factory Ducati rider
Davide Guigliano set the pace on the opening night of practice but the Italian knows that he has to start converting his practice and qualifying pace into strong results
Jonathan Rea has outperformed the Honda throughout 2014 but can the Ulsterman outperform Melandri this weekend and claim third in the standings
The charging of the light brigade at Losail…