The ultimate goal was well within Joan Mir's reach in Australia and he didn't miss the opportunity, winning the race to secure the title like a real champion. A strange race, which got underway on a track that was rapidly drying out and finished prematurely due to more rain, and a race in which the Spaniard didn't put a foot wrong.
He worked hard to remain part of the leading group, trying on several occasions to break away, and finding himself in the right place at the right time, or rather, leading the race at the end of lap 15, the last lap to be counted before the race was stopped. “I have no words – commented Mir straight afterwards – to be world champion has always been my dream and I have fought hard to achieve it. It's just incredible, even just to be able to say it!” The Spaniard scores a very well-deserved title, having clocked up win after win and practically never showing any weaknesses.
As for the race, the leading group battled hard. Seven laps from the end of the race, the rain started to come down hard on the first part of the track, with the red flag coming out shortly afterwards. The race result was therefore established according to positions at the end of lap 15. Joining the newly crowned world champion Mir on the podium were Livio Loi, so a full house for the Leopard team, and Jorge Martin with team Gresini's Honda. In fourth place, Gabriel Rodrigo followed by Enea Bastianini, the first of the Italians, and Romano Fenati, who was unable to keep the title fight alive. Norrodin and Sasaki did well to finish 7th and 8th, while Suzuki and Lorenzo Dalla Porta rounded out the top ten.