Carlos Checa has restored much of his World Superbike Championship advantage after cruising to a comfortable ninth win of the season at Silverstone, while Max Biaggi
could only manage 11th.
The Spaniard was typically meticulous in his racing approach, coolly climbing from an early position of fourth to take the lead on seven before managing his advantage to the chequered flag.
A potentially crucial result for Checa, with Max Biaggi
finishing well off the pace in 11th, the Spaniard has extended his series lead to 50 points.
With Superpole going the way to wild-card John Hopkins, an upset in the race had been mooted, but the American would just miss out on the chance to lead a WSBK race for the first time as he was out-dragged into the opening bend by Eugene Laverty.
Hopkins slotted into second place, ahead of Checa initially, though he would be demoted to fourth by the fast-starting Aprilia of Noriyuki Haga, the Japanese rider hauling himself into third.
By contrast, Leon Camier found himself shuffled down to tenth place after running wide through Arena, though he would make up ground to seventh when Michel Fabrizio's sudden high-side out of the position delayed those behind and created a gap in the mid-field.
As such, Laverty, Hopkins, Haga, Checa, Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam already had an almost two second advantage over the chasing field at the end of lap one, though three swift laps from Camier would see him on their tail soon enough.
As has been apparent on several occasions this season, Checa's climb through the order was steady, relieving Hopkins – who had been demoted to third by Haga – on lap four and easing past Haga on lap five.
Up front, Laverty was holding station comfortably, but while his pace was enough to gap those directly behind, once clear, Checa was quickly on his tail, leaving it until lap seven before making the decisive pass for the lead.