2010 Silverstone World Superbike Race 2 Result: Another Drama-Filled Duel Settled Late

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
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

 

Round Number: 
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Comments

Patient Cal laps behind Rea until late in the race when it's time to break away? No equipment is smashed? No front tires were obliterated?

Solid weekend for Haslam. They went back to the old tires so he was able to make decent pace. This championship still has a bit of life in it.

Well done Yamaha!

Rossi tests the bike and recommends changes. Bike wins. Straight line computation.

My reasoning:

One: Rossi has improved the bike.

Two: Rossi riding the bike so fast has galvanised the regular riders to up their efforts - Crutchlow especially.

However, I doubt they can afford him as a development rider every week :)

What a pile of rubbish Pitbabe.

The Yamaha's issues are with the use/abuse of the rear tyre. As racer/commentator Steve Martin stated before the start of race one, the power delivery of the R1 kills the rear tyre over a race distance, with Cal stating he expected to be up the front for no more than 3 laps before tyre wear would ruin his chances of a win.

Luckily for Yamaha on race day the weather was quite cool, helping the rear tyre to last longer (not forgetting Cal rode brilliantly too).

To further prove Rossi hasn't fixed the R1's ills, please explain how Cal Crutchlow has put the Yamaha on pole 4 times prior to Rossi sitting on the R1?

Cheers.

But I still don't belive in coincidence. I am certain that even if they took little or no account of Rossi's feedback, there has been a change in the mindset. Maybe it has come from the team, in that they are more willing to listen to the riders, or maybe it has come from the riders themselves.

Yes, the weather helped, the older tyre type helped, being at home helped, and I am certain, having Rossi go quick on it helped.

While I don't buy any of these Rossi has fixed/inspired greatness arguements completely, I've no doubt having a 9 time world champ ride your bike and offer some feedback would help, just in a very small way.

Everything was aligned just right for Yamaha and Cal Crutchlow on Sunday - correct tyre compound, cool track temperature and 2 sublime rides by Cal saw Yamaha get two wins and a lap record.

I'm sure if we asked Cal how much Rossi helped turn the R1 into a race winner, he'd likely tell us to f**k off 8-)

Cheers.

What you say about the rear tyre and cooler conidtions helping is bang on TJP.

However I can't help but think there maybe a bit of truth to what Pitbabe says. Cal's ability to put in an ultra fast qualifying lap has not been in doubt this year. Perhaps he has been building to this moment this year as he appears to be getting progressively stronger in the races. Undoubtedly the cooler conditions helped.

Who's to say Rossi's input was taken on board or not? It's certainly highly unlikely Cal or James would admit to such. That said I understood James adopted similar settings to Cal. So perhaps Cal is the man. Silverstone may well prove to be a big turning point in Cal's career. With the GP pace he ran he's certainly helped his prospective Tech3 chances 2011.

Toseland on the other hand has been extremely disappointing this year. He will be very lucky to get another factory ride 2011 I think.

We'll never know if Rossi suggested anything or if Yamaha has improved their bike based on his feedback or just through trial and error.

I simply rely on what racer/commentator Steve Martin had to say about the R1 and what Cal's thoughts were on his chances prior to the races. No mention of Rossi or any fix to the bike - just a combination of a few things already mentioned and a double win happens. Both Yamaha riders had been on the podium prior to Silverstone and Cal has been brilliantly quick all year.

People tend to go mental over everything Rossi does or touches and to be fair it's usually with good reason, but sometimes it's a little to OTT.

Toseland has been riding hurt, not sure how bad his injuries are now but this season has been one to forget. GPOne had posted some of Massimo Meregalli thoughts and he stated his unhappiness with JT's season thus far. There was also mention of Toseland returning to MotoGP if he finished 5th or better...based on this year he'd be lucky to ride for Yamaha again, although I'd love to see him stay there.

Cheers.

Congratulations to Cal and the rest of the Brits for some outstanding rides this weekend.

It looks like Cal has some skill as a bike developer as well. I was a bit supprised to find out that James T used some of Cals setup points to improve his second race performance. I would have thought that it would be the other way around given James' experience.

I think Cal may yet get his chance in MotoGP - in spite of (or maybe even because of) his turning down the Tech 3 chance earlier this year.

Glad to see the boys do good in front of the home crowd.

Come on guys . . . you don't think Rossi getting on that R1, INJURIED, and going FASTER had a STRONG effect on Cal/JT? Everyone knows Cal is FAST, as he's already got some poles, but THIS pole was by .7+ . . . . add in the fact that Spies won the title on the R1 . . . EGO is an interesting thing and when 'pushed' it responds either negatively or positively! This is a POSITIVE response! I'm NOT talking about Cal winning both races, as we know the cool temps really helped the R1 this weekend, but his pushing the bike in qual as hard as he did. Rest of the season is gonna be interesting.