Crutchlow posts two wins as Biaggi's lead is trimmed
Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) was the undisputed star of the Silverstone show as he added two race wins to his Superpole triumph on Saturday. He is also the new lap record holder, thanks to a 2'05.259 lap in race one. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) lost a small amount of ground at the top of the championship, with his fifth and sixth places today as Leon Haslam scored a second and a fourth on his Suzuki Alstare machine. Biaggi now has 373 points, Haslam 313, a difference of 60 with three rounds and six races left to run. The 65,000 weekend crowd saw Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) take two strong second places, consolidating his third place overall in the series on 243 points. Leon Camier, Biaggi's team-mate was third in race two, his first podium since Miller Motorsport Park in May. The all-British podium in race one was the first since Assen this year, and five British riders filled the top five places in race two, the first time this has happened for UK riders in WSBK history.
Fourth place rider in the standings, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was seventh and tenth today and is on 2004 points, with Crutchlow moving up to fifth overall, on 188 points. James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) had to settle for eighth and fifth places today, remaining sixth in the rankings, nine points behind Crutchlow. For some fancied runners raceday was hard, with Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) dropping down the order to finish tenth in race one, then crash after passing Biaggi early in race two.
Cal Crutchlow took his first career WSB race win in this 18-lap race, also giving his Yamaha Sterilgarda team its first win of the year. Cal eventually pushed away from early leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) at lap record pace, setting his 2'05.259 best on lap 13. Third place rider was Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), which made it a clean sweep of British riders on the podium at their home race. Michel Fabrizio was fourth, having qualified on the front row on his Ducati Xerox machine. Biaggi was sixth, and his team-mate Camier sixth.
Cal Crutchlow: "I think that one of the nicest things about the win is that we repaid Yamaha back for their efforts. It's not been easy on us, we've been trying hard all year, but I'm absolutely ecstatic about bringing the win home!"
Jonathan Rea: "Cal quite simply had a little more pace than me in the race, a couple of tenths a lap on average. My bike worked very well, but I think we got a bit let down by the tyre. It's nice to be on the podium and I'm enjoying riding around Silverstone."
Leon Haslam: "It was a hard fight and Johnny and Cal have had a good pace all weekend, I managed to catch them a little bit but dropped off towards the end. It was a bit frustrating as they looked as if they were having a lot of fun!"
Crutchlow completed a perfect weekend with a double win, pushing away in the last few laps to overhaul long time leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) once again. Third went to another British rider Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), fourth to Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) and fifth to James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda); complete domination from the home riders. Max Biaggi raced to sixth, maintaining a healthy championship lead despite being beaten by Haslam twice today.
Cal Crutchlow: "As people have said, it's a dream come true for a lot of Brits, three on the podium in both races. 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."
Jonathan Rea: "Half-way through the race I was thinking 'Have I got the pace?". It was a bit slower than race 1 but well done to Cal he rode absolutely superb. On my side the team gave me a good bike this weekend. I'm really happy and enjoyed riding this weekend, it's a good result to go into the summer break with."
Leon Camier: "It's a dream come true, from 16th to third, you could never imagine doing it! 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."
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) was the long time leader but a strong charge from Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) made the final laps a close contest, with Laverty finally re-passing the former champion to take the Silverstone win. Gino Rea (Intermoto Czech Honda) was a hometown hero, taking his first podium in this class. In the points standings, Sofuoglu now leads Laverty by 203 to 186. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) and fast qualifier Roberto Tamburini (RT Racing Yamaha) were both injured in a crash that halted the first attempt to race, and caused a complete re-start.
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia STK) had to work hard to get to the front of the field for his seventh straight win of the year, but in taking a full points score he also secured the outright championship win. Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Junior Race Honda) hit the front early on but could not hold off the lap record pace of Badovini, in race or championship terms. Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini Honda) finished third, but the day belonged to BMW and Badovini, the new Superstock FIM Cup champion.
Pirelli Official Tyre Supplier
"Arriving back at the legendary Silverstone Circuit with its newly revised layout and surprisingly stable weather conditions, an armada of British riders filled the podium in both races. A stunning double victory went to Yamaha whose local rider Cal Crutchlow took the team's first two wins today. Cal logged his fastest lap on the penultimate circuit in Race 2, having already set the circuit record of 2'05.259 on lap 13 in Race 1, showing in both cases the durability of Pirelli Diablo Superbike tyres to the race end. It is also fitting the popular tyre choice out of the 4 front and 3 rear tyres offered this weekend are available also in the British Superbike series that nurtured the talented pool of UK riders. The two Superbike race durations stopped the clock just one second apart, for an impressive consistency returning to Silverstone. It's pleasing to see four different manufacturers across the Superbike race podiums. Honda's performance in Supersport was absolute, taking the top three positions which included Intermoto Czech privateer team, whose 20-year old rider Gino Rea took home his first Supersport podium. Congratulations to BMW Motorrad Italia who made its first season perfect, winning the Superstock 1000 championship with Badovini at the helm and Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tyres beneath him. - Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director, Pirelli Moto
Pirelli Performance Awards:
SBK Race 1 - Pirelli BEST LAP @Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team), 2'05.259 (Lap 13)
SBK Race 2 - Pirelli BEST LAP @Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team), 2'05.421 (Lap 17)
WSS - Pirelli BEST LAP @Kenan Sofuoglu (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda), 2'08.717 (Lap 9)
Stk1000 - Pirelli BEST JUMP FORWARD @Loris Baz (MRS Racing), From 12th 0x00e0 6th (6 positions)