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World Superbikes – Jonathan Rea wins Race 1 at Silverstone

Jonathan Rea took his first win of the season in an entertaining first race of the day at Silverstone.

Rea managed to finish the race three seconds ahead of second place man, Eugene Laverty, in tricky conditions. Leon Camier produced a great performance to finish third, just holding off championship leader, Sylvain Guintoli.

“It’s so nice to win again – I used my head, tried to be smart and didn’t make any mistakes. I’m so happy and my team deserves that victory,” Rea told the BBC.

It was a good day for Kawasaki’s Loris Baz and Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel as they finished 5th and 6th respectively. Tom Sykes dismal record at Silverstone continued as he could only manage 9th place on his Kawasaki Ninja.

The race itself started in dry conditions, with pole-sitter Eugene Laverty getting a great start. Jonathon Rea also had a good start, moving up to second place, whilst the Kawasaki’s moved up into 3rd and 4th. Sykes didn’t waste anytime and was up to second by the end of lap three, making easy work of his teammate, Baz and fellow Brit Jonathon Rea.

A lap later and Sykes had caught and overtaken the leader Laverty, with a great move down the inside at Stowe Corner. Loris Baz soon followed his teammate through past Laverty, who was then also overtaken by Rea.

Jonathan Rea won his first race of the season at Silverstone

The race then descended into chaos as the rain began to fall. Everybody began to bunch together as the pace slowed right down, with positions changing hands every corner. Immediately, Laverty was the big loser, being overtaken by Chas Davis, Guintoli and Marco Melandri.

The race leader, Tom Sykes, also fell down the order as the rain got worse. Jonathon Rea had taken the lead, but was closely followed by Baz. As the race went on, Rea increased his lead and was in a race all by himself. Behind him there was a very entertaining battle going on between: Leon Camier, Leon Haslam, Laverty, Cluzel and Guintoli.

The riders continued to swap positions, all the meanwhile catching up to second place rider, Loris Baz. With only one lap to go, Camier made his move on Baz, who was then quickly disposed of by Laverty and Guintoli.

Camier could not hold on to second place however, being overtaken by Laverty on the last lap at Copse Corner. Meanwhile at the front, Rea stayed out of trouble to record his first win of the Season.

Silverstone Race One Results
9. Melandri


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