Silverstone SBK: Crutchlow Seeing Double
World Superbike at Silverstone saw two race podiums stacked with Brits although Cal Crutchlow on his Yamaha R1 was the undisputed star of the motorcycle racing action. Cal added two Superbike race wins to his earlier WSBK Superpole triumph.
Crutchlow is also the new SBK lap record holder, thanks to a 2’05.259 (Yamaha R1) lap in race one. His record sits along side Jorge Lorenzo who set a new MotoGP circuit lap record of 2:03.526 (Yamaha M1) on lap 4 on his way to GP victory back in June of this year.
Max Biaggi on his Aprilia RSV4 Alitalia racebike lost a small amount of ground at the top of the championship, with his fifth and sixth places today as Leon Haslam scored a second and a fourth on his Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000.
Biaggi now has 373 points, Haslam 313, a difference of 60 with three rounds and six races left to run. The 65,000 weekend crowd saw Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) take two strong second places, consolidating his third place overall in the series on 243 points.
Leon Camier, Biaggi’s team-mate was third in race two, his first podium since Miller Motorsport Park in May.
The all-British podium in race one was the first since Assen this year, and five British riders filled the top five places in race two, the first time this has happened for UK riders in WSBK history.
Fourth place rider in the standings, Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) was seventh and tenth today and is on 2004 points, with Crutchlow moving up to fifth overall, on 188 points.
James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda) had to settle for eighth and fifth places today, remaining sixth in the rankings, nine points behind Crutchlow.
For some fancied runners raceday was hard, with Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) dropping down the order to finish tenth in race one, then crash after passing Biaggi early in race two.
Superbike Race 1
Cal Crutchlow took his first career WSB race win in this 18-lap race, also giving his Yamaha Sterilgarda team its first win of the year. Cal eventually pushed away from early leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) at lap record pace, setting his 2’05.259 best on lap 13.
Third place rider was Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), which made it a clean sweep of British riders on the podium at their home race. Michel Fabrizio was fourth, having qualified on the front row on his Ducati Xerox machine. Biaggi was sixth, and his team-mate Camier sixth.
1st – Cal Crutchlow says: “I think that one of the nicest things about the win is that we repaid Yamaha back for their efforts. It’s not been easy on us, we’ve been trying hard all year, but I’m absolutely ecstatic about bringing the win home!”
2nd – Jonathan Rea says: “Cal quite simply had a little more pace than me in the race, a couple of tenths a lap on average. My bike worked very well, but I think we got a bit let down by the tyre. It’s nice to be on the podium and I’m enjoying riding around Silverstone.”
3rd – Leon Haslam says: “It was a hard fight and Johnny and Cal have had a good pace all weekend, I managed to catch them a little bit but dropped off towards the end. It was a bit frustrating as they looked as if they were having a lot of fun!”
World SBK Results: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 37’47.851 (168,64 kph) (C/A); 2. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1.621 (C/A); 3.Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.433 (A/A); 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 15.874 (C/A); 5. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.085 (C/A); 6.Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.532 (C/A); 7. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 18.250 (A/A); 8. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 18.938 (C/A); 9. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 22.997 (C/A); 10. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 25.830 (C/A); 11. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 30.972 (A/A); 12. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 31.808 (C/B); 13. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32.193 (A/A); 14. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 33.206 (A/A); 15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 34.207 (A/A); 16. Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 35.939 (C/A); 17. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 38.282 (C/A); 18.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 39.923 (A/A); 19. Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’21.620 (A/A); 20. Bridewell T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’21.678 (A/A); 21. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1’21.793 (B/A)
Superbike Race 2
Crutchlow completed a perfect weekend with a double win, pushing away in the last few laps to overhaul long time leader Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) once again.
Third went to another British rider Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia), fourth to Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) and fifth to James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda); complete domination from the home riders.
Max Biaggi raced to sixth, maintaining a healthy championship lead despite being beaten by Haslam twice today.
1st – Cal Crutchlow says: “As people have said, it’s a dream come true for a lot of Brits, three on the podium in both races. All credit to the fans, they gave us tremendous support here today. What a brilliant day for Yamaha and a brilliant day for me! I couldn’t believe both wins came at once, I would rather have had one earlier in the year and one today, but we’ve been fighting for this all the year and here it is.”
2nd – Jonathan Rea: “Half-way through the race I was thinking ‘Have I got the pace?”. It was a bit slower than race 1 but well done to Cal he rode absolutely superb. On my side the team gave me a good bike this weekend. I’m really happy and enjoyed riding this weekend, it’s a good result to go into the summer break with.”
3rd – Leon Camier: “It’s a dream come true, from 16th to third, you could never imagine doing it! We’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately, but this weekend has more than made up for it. For this race, the team just told me to get involved so I’m so happy with the result.”
World SBK Race 2 Results: 1. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 37’48.348 (168,603 kph); 2.Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2.070; 3.Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.834; 4. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.232; 5. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.258; 6. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13.568; 7.Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.963; 8. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 14.432; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 16.399; 10. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 19.874; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 26.268; 12. Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 28.003; 13. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 28.550; 14.Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 30.117; 15. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 30.415; 16. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 58.607; 17. Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’03.157; 18. Bridewell T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’03.298; 19.Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’20.285; 20. Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’20.419
FIM World Superbike Championship Standings (after 10 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 373; 2. Haslam 313; 3. Rea 243; 4. Checa 204; 5. Crutchlow 188; 6. Toseland 179; 7. Haga 177; 8. Camier 164; 9. Fabrizio 160; 10. Corser 155. Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 385; 2. Suzuki 334; 3. Ducati 297; 4. Yamaha 256; 5. Honda 254; 6. BMW 174; 7. Kawasaki 57