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Crutchlow secures maiden WSBK win

Crutchlow prevails in a long battle with Rea, while Haslam out-scores Biaggi for the first time since Kyalami.
Cal Crutchlow has broken his World Superbike victory duck in the best possible surroundings as he led an all-British 1-2-3 at Silverstone.

A win from pole position at the ninth time of asking, the Yamaha rider indulged in an entertaining scrap with Jonathan Rea during the first-half of the race, but once he made his decisive move for the lead with six laps remaining, he simply cruised to the chequered flag.

A long awaited first victory for the reigning World Supersport Champion, his win also signals a first triumph of the year for reigning riders' champions Yamaha.

Despite getting a good start from pole position, an area of weakness in Crutchlow's previous attempts from the front, it was Rea that dived into the lead at Copse, followed by Biaggi initially before Crutchlow positioned himself back ahead through the Becketts complex.

It was a lead that Rea would valiantly hold onto, the Northern Irishman looking confident out front as he went on his quest for a repeat of his Brno victory.

However, having fallen away from Rea on that occasion, Crutchlow was proving a more competitive rival for his countryman this time, quickly latching onto the back of the Honda as the pair stretched away from the chasing field.

Indeed, having complained of excessive tyre wear during the races, Crutchlow was showing no signs of fading as he nosed ahead with a move at Copse on lap seven, even if Rea was back in front before the conclusion of the lap.

The corner would go on to set the scene for his more decisive pass on lap twelve, Crutchlow getting consistently better drive through Woodcote to plant his move. Resisting Rea's attempts to get back in front immediately, Crutchlow promptly began to circulate in a fierce pace that no other rider could live with.

As such, while Rea pushed hard to maintain the pressure, Crutchlow would not be challenged again to become the seventh different WSBK race winner this season.





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