2013 Silverstone World Superbike Race Two: White Flags Again
The weather at Silverstone once again was damp and cold.
Eugene Laverty led the race into the first few corners, ahead of Loris Baz, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies but Baz didn’t take long to snatch the lead only to lose it back to Laverty. Baz wasted no time getting it back again as the front four started to break away. On the second lap, Sylvain Guintoli broke the lap record on his way to bridge the gap from the second group to the first while Tom Sykes took second place.
Guintoli dragged the second pack to the first and it turned into a seven-bike pack with the Crescent Suzukis of Jules Cluzel and Leon Camier joining in behind Guintoli.
White flags, indicating to the riders that there was rain at some point on the track, were waved on the sixth lap but the pace didn’t drop. Baz led Sykes but Davies, Camier, Cluzel and Laverty all passed Sykes as the lap progressed, with Laverty even touching Sykes’s Kawasaki on the way past.
Chaz Davies then challenged Loris Baz for the lead and, while Baz tried to regain the lead, he instead fell into the clutches of the Suzuki pairing of Cluzel and Camier, pushing him back to fourth.
Leon Camier forced his way past Chaz Davies to take the lead and Jules Cluzel followed him through to second and then passed him. With Cluzel leading, Davies edged past Camier for second place and the racing was close enough to let Baz push past Camier for third. Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli tried to use the Aprilia power on the Hangar Straight and push to the front, but the three bikes in front of them, Cluzel, Baz and Davies, swapped places on the brakes with Chaz Davies and Loris Baz passing and gapping Jules Cluzel.
Unfortunately, Chaz Davies’s BMW suffered an engine blow-up and he retired from the race while leading. Cluzel passed Baz as Laverty joined them, while Guintoli, Rea and Camier fought in the second group, some distance ahead of a lonely Tom Sykes.
On lap seventeen, Baz led Cluzel and Laverty as the rain started afresh. Loris Baz and Jules Cluzel both slipped on the wet track, with Cluzel crashing out and Baz having to save it, and the red flags were brought out to stop the race. Leon Haslam also crashed, catching a highside that had him sent to the medical centre.
Loris Baz once again took victory at a red-flagged Silverstone, matching his performance from last year, while Jules Cluzel claimed his first podium ahead of Eugene Laverty. Sylvain Guintoli finished one place ahead of Tom Sykes to retain his championship lead once more and Leon Haslam was cleared by the medical centre.
Loris Baz dedicated his win to his friend, and former teammate, Andrea Antonelli.
|1||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'05.304||282,2|
|2||16||J. CLUZEL||Suzuki GSX-R1000||0.609||2'05.109||285,1|
|3||58||E. LAVERTY||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||0.869||2'05.562||283,6|
|4||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||2.145||2'05.434||283,6|
|5||2||L. CAMIER||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2.229||2'05.246||280,0|
|6||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2.374||2'05.083||285,9|
|7||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.791||2'05.212||282,9|
|8||86||A. BADOVINI||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||20.126||2'06.446||275,0|
|9||33||M. MELANDRI||BMW S1000 RR||20.209||2'05.439||288,2|
|10||7||C. CHECA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||20.629||2'05.746||270,8|
|11||84||M. FABRIZIO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||20.769||2'06.464||284,4|
|12||27||M. NEUKIRCHNER||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||21.407||2'06.383||276,4|
|13||23||F. SANDI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||45.015||2'07.715||280,0|
|14||8||M. AITCHISON||Kawasaki ZX-10R||45.938||2'07.670||275,0|
|15||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||46.036||2'06.365||279,2|
|16||31||V. IANNUZZO||BMW S1000 RR||1'22.207||2'09.057||270,1|
|RET||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||19.944||2'06.500||283,6|
|RET||19||C. DAVIES||BMW S1000 RR||2 Laps||2'05.320||287,4|