Rabat - wearing special gold-liveried bike and leathers in celebration of his title win - was obviously bitterly disappointed at losing the
race in the final few metres but that cannot take away from his brilliant 2014 season during which he's scored 11 pole positions and a total of 14 podium finishes from 18 races.
"I made a good start and found a good rhythm. I wanted to stay in front of Tom because his bike was faster than mine. But the cooler temperature made the bike slide more, so after the last corner the last bit of fuel didn't make it into the engine properly." Rabat explained.
"Anyway, I'm so happy with the work of the team and I've had the best bike all season. My thanks to my team and sponsors and sorry to the fans for today!
Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham, Caterham Suter) took a strong third-place finish all on his own. It was the French rider's fourth podium result of the year. He spent the early laps battling with Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) and Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex), who later fell and remounted to finish 21st.
Some way behind Zarco, Luis Salom (Paginas Amarillas HP 40, Kalex) won a great battle for fourth place with Xavier Simeon (Federal Oils Gresini, Suter), the pair crossing the line separated by just six tenths of a second. Aegerter finished sixth, just one second behind Simeon.
Sam Lowes (Speed Up, Speed Up) was a lonely seventh, well ahead of a five-man contest for eighth which was won by Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3, Tech 3) ahead of Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team, Speed Up), Lorenzo Baldassari (Gresini Moto2, Suter) and Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter).
The 9th place result for Anthony West secured 12th position overall in the 2014 Championship.
Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40, Kalex) and Mike Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) were all set to battle for runner-up spot in the championship until they collided on the first lap. Vinales continued following repairs but soon pulled into the pits again, his race over.