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Crutchlow wins third WSBK race at Magny-Cours

Crutchlow takes a relatively simple win, but things prove much closer behind him as Haslam passes for second on the final bend.
Cal Crutchlow will leave World Superbikes with at least one more win in his pocket as he claimed a dominant race win at Magny-Cours.

The Briton recovered from a clumsy first few laps to snatch the lead from Max Biaggi on lap eight before easing away from the chasing pack to win by almost four seconds.

Complementing his double victories at Silverstone, Crutchlow's success means he is all-but-certain to finish fifth in the final standings.

Starting from his sixth pole position of the season, Crutchlow got away relatively well but was unable to prevent Max Biaggi from diving up the inside into turn one. Although Crutchlow nosed ahead again round the long Estoril right-hander, Biaggi simply used the speed advantage of his RSV-4 to get him back at the hairpin.

After a fraught first few corners that is often indicative of the series' close competition, Crutchlow would be demoted to fourth by the end of the opening lap as Sylvain Guintoli and Michel Fabrizio bullied their way through.

Fabrizio would also find his way up to second place behind Biaggi by lap two, but his victory challenge was blunted as Crutchlow tucked beneath both he and Guintoli on the run to the Adelaide hairpin to pass both under braking.

From here, Crutchlow quickly latched onto the back of Biaggi's Aprilia, overcoming a lack of straight line speed compared to the RSV-4 to make a move stick into the hairpin on lap eight, Crutchlow edging his rival out wide to prevent any kind of comeback.

It would prove the decisive move of the race as Crutchlow simply gapped those behind him, Biaggi slipping into the clutches of an entertaining scrap for second position with Fabrizio, Guintoli, Carlos Checa and Leon Haslam.

Willed on by the home crowd, a feisty looking Guintoli was the first rider to put pressure on Biaggi, but his efforts would instead result in him losing a spot to Fabrizio. However, Guintoli's race would effectively come to a controversial conclusion on lap 14 when his attempted pass for third forced him to run on at the Nurburgring chicane.





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Deano - Unregistered

October 03, 2010 12:17 PM

Yet another rubbish decision by the stewards re Guintoli, to go with the appalling one in the Aragon 125 race. No advantage gained, so why the black flag? Good on Guinters for ignoring a patently unjustifiable penalty. A pity his team didn't fight his corner though.



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