2010 Silverstone World Superbike Race 1 Result: Late Charge Settles Race-Long Duel

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.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
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  
Round Number: 
10
2010
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Comments

According to the eurosport commentators, the pit board of Camier said "switch" right after he had passed Biaggi. Any confirmation on that?