Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Silverstone:
Cal Crutchlow has followed up his impressive maiden win in race 1 with victory in race 2, to take his first double in the same weekend as his first win.
In what was virtually a carbon copy of race 1, Crutchlow and Johnny Rea got away at the start, the two men quickly building up a comfortable lead over the chasing group, consisting of Leon Haslam, Max Biaggi, Michel Fabrizio, James Toseland and Leon Camier. The difference in race two was in Crutchlow's patience. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider waited a lot longer in race 2, pushing Rea hard from lap 2 onwards. Crutchlow continually let the Ten Kate Honda rider know that he was there, and ready to pounce, but other than poking a wheel besides Rea's Honda, was happy to bide his time.
Crutchlow's patience would last until lap 15, when the young man from Coventry made the first serious attempt at Rea going into Stowe corner. Rea parried fairly easily, but the attack was just an opening, not the final assault. That began on the next lap, when Crutchlow barged past Rea into Maggots. But Crutchlow was pushing hard to get past, and was nearly thrown out of the saddle at Becketts as his rear wheel began to slide, then caught. This gave Rea another chance to strike back, with he attempted at Stowe, but like his adversary, Rea was also pushing a little too hard in the attempt. The Ten Kate Honda rider ran wide at Stowe, allowing Crutchlow back again, and from then, the Sterilgarda Yamaha dropped the hammer. In the last two laps, Crutchlow built a comfortable gap, and had time to showboat out of the final corner to take victory, ahead of a disappointed Rea.
The battle behind Crutchlow and Rea had also been intense. After sitting behind Haslam and Biaggi for several laps, Leon Camier quickly dispensed of the two title contenders and went off to chase the leaders, a task that would prove impossible, but would give Camier his third podium of the year. Haslam and Biaggi, meanwhile, were preoccupied with each other, and scoring points in the championship. With Haslam struggling with tires, Biaggi looked to have the measure of the Alstare Suzuki rider, but the Roman ran wide, and allowed Carlos Checa and James Toseland past.
Checa would not last long with the leaders, but Toseland was made of sterner stuff. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider was in attack mode, and had a point to prove in front of his home crowd. Toseland pushed Haslam as hard as he could, getting past a couple of times only to see the Suzuki rider get back almost straight away. Toseland made one last do-or-die lunge out of the final corner, running wide onto the astroturf lining the front straight, but in the end, he was forced to settle for 5th, behind Haslam but ahead of Biaggi.
Both Camier and Toseland had done the title rivals a favor. Camier by taking points away from Haslam, and dropping the Suzuki man down into the region where the points difference between places was smaller, while Toseland gifted Haslam an extra point by interposing himself between Haslam and Biaggi. The difference is now 60 points with three rounds - that's six races - to go. The 2010 World Superbike Championship is likely to go down to the wire.
|1||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1|
|2||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||2.070|
|3||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.834|
|4||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||13.232|
|5||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||13.258|
|6||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||13.568|
|7||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||13.963|
|8||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||14.432|
|9||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||16.399|
|10||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||19.874|
|11||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||26.268|
|12||25||J. Brookes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||28.003|
|13||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||28.550|
|14||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||30.117|
|15||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||30.415|
|16||8||R. Kiyonari||JPN||Honda CBR1000RR||58.607|
|17||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'03.157|
|18||46||T. Bridewell||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||1'03.298|
|19||87||A. Yanagawa||JPN||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'20.285|
|20||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'20.419|
|RET||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||4 Laps|
|RET||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||11 Laps|
|RET||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||12 Laps|
|RET||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||17 Laps|