WSBK: 2010 Silverstone Results

English riders dominate on home circuit

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 03, 2010
Cal Crutchlow earned his first two career World Superbike wins, scoring the double on his home circuit, Silverstone.

The Yamaha Sterilgarda rider also won the Superpole and recorded the fastest lap in both races at Silverstone, which lies about an hour’s journey southeast of his home town of Coventry, England.

Race One Highlights

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea took the early lead, capturing the holeshot and leading the first 11 laps of the 18-lap race. Crutchlow remained close behind in second.

Series leader Max Biaggi of Aprilia Alitalia was in a battle for third with Ducati Xerox’s Michel Fabrizio, Suzuki Alstare’s Leon Haslam and BMW’s Troy Corser, until he went wide on a corner on the fourth lap and lost ground on his rivals.

Cal Crutchlow (35) and Jonathan Rea (65) battled for the lead in both races at Silverstone.

Crutchlow took over the lead on lap 12 and held on to win by 1.621 seconds. Rea, Northern Ireland, finished second while Haslam of Derbyshire, England was third for an all-U.K. podium. The win was the first in his career for Crutchlow, but also the first of the season for Yamaha, following Ben Spies’ 14-win performance in 2009.

“I think that one of the nicest things about the win is that we repaid Yamaha back for their efforts,” says Crutchlow. “It’s not been easy on us, we've been trying hard all year, but I’m absolutely ecstatic about bringing the win home!”

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Race Two Highlights

Rea had another strong start in the second race and once again, Crutchlow followed closely in second.

Corser passed Biaggi on Lap Two to move into third, but moments later he hit a bump and low-sided into the gravel.

Biaggi and Haslam battled for third for a few laps before Biaggi’s teammate Leon Camier entered the mix. Despite starting 16th on the grid, Camier had worked his way back to the front, passing Biaggi on Lap Nine and moving past Haslam a lap later.

Back in front, Rea continued to nurse his lead but finally lost it to Crutchlow after going wide on a turn on Lap 16. Crutchlow continued to win Race Two by a little over two seconds ahead of Rea. Camier, from Kent, England, finished third for another all-U.K. podium at Silverstone.

“As people have said, it’s a dream come true for a lot of Brits, three on the podium in both races,” says Crutchlow. “All credit to the fans, they gave us tremendous support here today. What a brilliant day for Yamaha and a brilliant day for me! I couldn’t believe both wins came at once, I would rather have had one earlier in the year and one today, but we’ve been fighting for this all the year and here it is.”

For Camier, it was a surprising result after starting from the 16 spot.

“It’s a dream come true, from 16th to third, you could never imagine doing it!” says Camier. “We’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately, but this weekend has more than made up for it. For this race, the team just told me to get involved so I’m so happy with the result.”

Haslam finished fourth to cut into Biaggi’s championship lead. Biaggi still holds a 60 point lead over Haslam with just three races remaining.

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The 2010 World Superbike Championship now enters its summer break before resuming Sept. 5 at the Germany’s Nurburgring.