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Crutchlow does the double at Silverstone

Crutchlow leapfrogs up the overall order with a perfect points' haul, while Haslam chips away at Biaggi's series lead again.
Cal Crutchlow has followed up his first World Superbike Championship victory with a second success at Silverstone after coming out on top of a race-long battle with Jonathan Rea.

Rea led for almost the entirety of the race having snatched the lead into the first turn, but Crutchlow's close presence left him with no opportunity to relax.

A similar scenario to that of the first race, both Rea and Crutchlow immediately established themselves as the men to beat as they forced their way to the front and quickly gapped the chasing pack.

Crutchlow continued to keep Rea honest over the ensuing laps, never allowing the Ten Kate Honda rider to break free by more than half a second, the pair indulging in some formation racing as they shadowed one another.

Even so, while Rea was proving a sterner test for Crutchlow than in the first race, the Yamaha rider's aggressive riding style suggested he was capable of overhauling the man ahead of him.

Showing nothing more than the occasional feigned passing manoeuvre, Crutchlow eventually made his decisive pass on lap 16 of 18 on the run up the Becketts. A heart-stopping moment on the exit of Chapel did allow Rea a run on Crutchlow down the Hangar Straight and into Stowe, but the Northern Irishman would run wide, effectively ending his chances of getting back on terms.

It meant Crutchlow was able to cruise home for his second win of the day, a result that catapults him up the overall order from tenth at the start of the weekend to fifth – and ahead of team-mate James Toseland.

Rea's fourth consecutive podium, meanwhile, means he has made third position almost his own in the overall standings, 39 points up on Carlos Checa.

The fight for the final podium position was harder fought, with Leon Haslam suggesting he would make it an identical top three as he held down third in the early stages.





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