Kyle Smith (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) has taken a superb second win of the season under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, to repeat the same result achieved one year ago at the same track. The 25-year-old Briton led the race for almost its entirety and, after Kenan Sofuoglu overtook him on the last lap, not only he was able to stay with the reigning champion, but he also put together a winning move at the last turn. The two riders crossed the line side by side separated by 0.006 secs, with the front wheel of his Honda CBR600RR #111 only inches ahead of the #1 bike of Sofuoglu.
PJ Jacobsen (Honda WorldSSP Team) got a good start from ninth place and, by the end of the opening lap, was already up to fourth. PJ pushed hard not to lose touch with the leading pack, but eventually he had to give up on his podium hopes as the laps went by. In the final stages of the race, Jacobsen consolidated his fourth place and fended off a determined Randy Krummenacher.
Ayrton Badovini (Team Lorini Honda) and Christoffer Bergman (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) were sixth and eighth at the line, while Hikari Okubo and Stefan Hill rode their bikes home in thirteenth and sixteenth places, respectively. Federico Caricasulo (Bardahl Evan Bros. Honda Racing) pulled out of the race on the last lap due to a technical problem while he was running in ninth place.