Jonathan Rea and Loris Baz share spoils at Silverstone WSBK

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) won Race 1 of the eni FIM Superbike Championship at Silverstone in spectacular fashion, while Loris Baz (pictured above) (Kawasaki Racing Team) won an epic World Superbike Race 2.

Race 1
Jonathan Rea got back on the top step of the podium after more than a year, as his previous win dated back to 2012 (Donington Park Race 1). Rea pulled away from the chasing pack on lap 7, as the rain started to fall heavier on the track.

On the podium in Race 1, L-R Eugene Laverty, Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier.

The race was reduced by one lap due to the delayed start and was characterised by intermittent conditions, that played a key factor and brought to constant and unpredictable position changes throughout the 17 laps. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) managed to get back in contention for the podium in the closing stages, to edge Leon Camier from second place during the final lap. Camier delivered his and FIXI Crescent Suzuki Team’s first podium of the season on his 27th birthday.

Jonathan Rea leads the pack in Race 1.

Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), fourth at the flag, managed to extend his leadership in the points up to twelve points, as his main rival for the title Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) ended up 11th behind BMW Motorrad GoldBet duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. Guintoli was able to defend his position from fellow Frenchmen Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), both able to stay with the front runners and to battle for the podium.

ResultsRace 1
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
3. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
5. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
6. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
7. Leon Haslam (Honda)
8. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
9. Marco Melandri (BMW)
10. Chaz Davies (BMW)
11. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
13. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
14. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
15. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
16. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
17. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

Race 2

Race 2 and winners are grinners – L-R Jules Cluzel second, Loris Baz first and Eugene Laverty third.

Loris Baz won an epic World Superbike with the Frenchman leading during the final lap when the red flag was waved, as the rain suddenly increased and two riders fell off at Stowe corner. One of the two involved was Jules Cluzel: the FIXI Crescent Suzuki rider managed to rejoin and make it back to the pits, sealing a fantastic maiden podium finish as the results reverted back to the previous lap, when he was running second. Baz, on the other hand, was able to shine again on the English track, that saw him getting his first ever WSBK win in Race 1, one year ago.

Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) ended in third place, ahead of Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), who had his shot at the lead before losing several positions, during the incredible 7-way battle that characterised the second part of the race.

Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki).

Sylvain Guintoli (Apriila Racing Team), thanks to a sixth place finish ahead of Championship contender Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), keeps the lead in the standings with a 13 point gap over the Brit. Potential podium finisher Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) had to retire from the race due to a technical problem on Lap 15, when he was in the mix up front.

Results Race 2
1. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
2. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
5. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
8. Ayrton Badovini (Ducati)
9. Marco Melandri (BMW)
10. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
11. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
12. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
13. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
14. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)
15. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
16. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

World Superbike Chamlpionship Standings
1. Sylvain Guintoli 262
2. Tom Sykes 249
3. Eugene Laverty 226
4. Marco Melandri 221
5. Chaz Davies 180
6. Loris Baz 180
7. Jonathan Rea 176
8. Michel Fabrizio 138
9. Leon Camier 114
10. Jules Cluzel 113

WORLD SUPERSPORT – Sofuoglu makes it look easy at Silverstone
Kenan Sofuoglu (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) took the victory in today’s World Supersport race at Silverstone, following what was a classic battle with Championship leader Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha). Both pulled away from the rest of the field in the first part of the race, but it wasn’t until the last lap that the real fight for the win took place, as they swapped positions several times until a collision at Turn 14 left Lowes on the ground.

Kawasaki’s Kenan Sofuoglu.

While Sofuoglu crossed the line a lonely winner, Lowes was able to rejoin – thanks to the big gap – and to finish second. Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) was able to snatch third place on the finish line from Kev Coghlan (DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki) and ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse duo of Christian Iddon and Roberto Rolfo. Tough race for Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) who ran off track after colliding on Lap 10 with Florian Marino (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) at Turn 1. The Dutchman finished the race in ninth place.

WORLD SUPERSTOCK 1000 – Barrier takes a doubleheader
Reigning Champion Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) has taken the best out of the Silverstone doubleheader, after finishing as a lonely winner in the late afternoon’s FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race 2. The Frenchman started increasing his margin over the following riders halfway through the race, crossing the line with almost four seconds over Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and 5.7 seconds on third place Lorenzo Savadori.

Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) slipped over the line four seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Barni Racing Ducati rider Niccolò Canepa ended up fourth, while his team mate Eddi La Marra fell off his 1199 Panigale R on Lap 4, as he was running second. A technical problem ruled Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) out of contention, despite all the efforts by the former STK600 Champion to get back on track and finish the race. Thanks to his fifth win out of seven races, Barrier extended his lead in the standings to 36 points on Canepa and 55 on Guarnoni.

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