Results and summary of WSBK race 1 at Silverstone:
Cal Crutchlow has taken his maiden win in World Superbikes by getting away from Jonathan Rea late on, deciding a duel in his favor that had gone on for most of the race.
Rea and Crutchlow had got the drop almost from the lights, Alitalia Aprilia's Max Biaggi only interfering until the tricky section at Maggots, when he was dispatched skillfully by Crutchlow. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider then set his sights on the HANNSpree Ten Kate Honda of Rea, and reeled the Ulsterman in over the course of the next lap. A game of cat-and-mouse ensued, with Crutchlow stalking Rea, looking not quite capable of passing, while Rea was unable to put any distance between himself and the Englishman.
The pair swapped places on lap 7, Crutchlow sliding through at Copse while Rea took back the lead at Brooklands, settling back into their former positions. Crutchlow continued to pressure Rea, the Ulsterman withstanding the pressure until lap 12, when the Sterilgarda Yamaha man came past again at Copse. This time, Rea had no answer, and Crutchlow upped the pace to set the fastest lap, gapping the Ten Kate rider and going on to take a comfortable victory. Rea crossed the line over a second and a half behind Crutchlow, frustrated at his inability to take the fight to Rea.
Crutchlow's charge had been occasioned in part by Leon Haslam, as the Alstare Suzuki had been closing gradually on the leaders. Haslam had gotten a mediocre start, entering the first corner in 7th, with his main championship rival Max Biaggi well ahead of him. But with Pirelli having dropped the Evo tires which had caused Haslam such problems in the previous couple of rounds, Haslam as on a charge. The Englishman battled his way forward, disposing of Biaggi and BMW's Troy Corser, then going on to chase down Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio, before finally setting his sights on the leaders. But the chase had taken too much out of Haslam's tires, and by the time he started to close on Crutchlow and Rea, his tires were used up, and he could not get close. Haslam's 3rd place made it an all-British podium, cheering the home crowd, and closing a few vital points on championship leader Biaggi.
Fabrizio held on to 4th, while Biaggi kept the damage to a minimum by coming home in 5th, ahead of his teammate Leon Camier. Camier and Biaggi were part of a big group battling over 5th place, including Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa, the second Sterilgarda Yamaha of James Toseland and BMW's Troy Corser. Biaggi eventually imposed order on the group, leading Camier, Checa and Toseland home, Corser having dropped off the back of the group earlier, to be passed by the second Althea Ducati of Shane Byrne.
|1||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||1.621|
|3||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||11.433|
|4||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||15.874|
|5||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||17.085|
|6||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||17.532|
|7||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||18.250|
|8||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||18.938|
|9||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||22.997|
|10||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||25.830|
|11||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||30.972|
|12||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||31.808|
|13||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||32.193|
|14||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||33.206|
|15||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||34.207|
|16||25||J. Brookes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||35.939|
|17||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||38.282|
|18||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||39.923|
|19||87||A. Yanagawa||JPN||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'21.620|
|20||46||T. Bridewell||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||1'21.678|
|21||8||R. Kiyonari||JPN||Honda CBR1000RR||1'21.793|
|RET||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||5 Laps|
|RET||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R|
|RET||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR|