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World Superbikes – Loris Baz wins race 2 at Silverstone

Loris Baz has won the second World Superbike race of the day at Silverstone.

The race was red flagged on the penultimate lap after the rain began to fall heavily, causing Cluzel and Leon Haslem to crash. Luckily for Cluzel however, the results are taken from the lap before the red flag, meaning he kept his second place finish.

Pole-sitter, Eugene Laverty finished third, but will have been disappointed with the red flag as he was catching the leaders.  Jonathan Rea followed up his win in race one with a fourth place finish, just ahead of Leon Camier.

Sylvain Guintoli finished in sixth place, just ahead of Tom Sykes, which means he now leads the championship by 13 points. Sykes had another poor race once the rain fell, falling from second place down to 6th in a matter of corners.

Loris Baz defeated the rain to take the win in race 2.

Both of the Kawasaki riders had a great start to the race, with Baz taking the lead on the first lap. Sykes then followed his teammate through past Laverty to make it a Kawasaki 1-2. Chas Davis then got involved in the fun, overtaking Laverty into 3rd place.

Sykes was beginning to catch the leader when the white flag then appeared. The white flag indicates to the riders that rain is beginning to fall around the track. With this, Baz pulled away from his teammate, who was then overtaken by Davis.

Leon Camier followed Davis through past Sykes, who was clearly put off by the rain as Laverty also made a move. The overtake didn’t go as planned however, as Laverty touched Sykes’ bike, sending the pair wide.

Davis and Baz then began battling for the lead, taking it in turns to lead the race. Behind them, Cluzel was taking full advantage, closing in on them both.  Cluzel then moved up to second place, with his teammate Camier following him through into the podium places. Camier then made more progress, catching and passing Davis.

Tom Sykes had yet another disappointing day at Silverstone

Having seen this, Cluzel fought back, going from third to the lead within a lap. Disaster then struck for Davis, with his BMW’s engine blowing up on lap 15.  Loris Baz challenged Cluzel for the lead in the closing stages, with Laverty not far behind.

The race was then thrown into chaos as the rain began to get heavier. Cluzel was the first victim of the rain, loosing the front going into Stowe. The race was then red flagged when Leon Haslam had a huge crash, with the already injured rider going straight over the handlebars.

Loris Baz managed to stay on-board his Kawasaki to take the win, just like he did in the second race last year at Silverstone.

Silverstone Race Two Results:

2. Cluzel
3. Laverty
4. Rea
5. Camier
8. Baldovini
9. Melandri
10. Checa

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