Cal Crutchlow says he is 'ecstatic' after winning the first and second World Superbike Championship races of his career on home soil at Silverstone.
On the weekend that was tipped to showcase a fierce battle amongst the seven home-grown competitors, it was Crutchlow – who came into the weekend as the fifth best placed British rider overall – that emerged as the dominant figure.
Setting a scintillating pace on the way to a fifth pole position of the season, while Crutchlow admits he was nervous about whether tyre issues that have hampered his previous victory challenges would resurface, he was in fine form as he diced with Jonathan Rea.
Allowing the Ten Kate Honda rider to lead for the majority of both races, Crutchlow made his victory bids during the second-half of both races, where he proceeded to show his true pace by sprinting to the finish line.
The perfect scene to break his duck, Crutchlow was delighted with his performance in what he admits has been an occasionally difficult rookie season.
“We've been trying so hard all year to achieve a win, I'm ecstatic that it has happened at my home race. It's been a tough weekend with all the Brits trying hard but we knew we had the pace. We were worried about tyre wear but it wasn't too bad.
“It was a little bit cooler in the first race which helped our bike as well. We now need to carry on and fight for the rest of the season. It's been a dream come true today, three Brits on the podium for both races is brilliant.”
“The British fans have been fantastic, they came out today and gave us tremendous support all round the circuit, a brilliant day for me, a brilliant day for Yamaha, Sterilgarda and all our other sponsors. All credit to Johnny Rea he rode really well in both races but I was able to pick him off with a couple of laps to go.”
A first win of the season for Yamaha too, Crutchlow's performance lifts him from tenth to fifth position in the overall standings, ahead of team-mate James Toseland.