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Sylvain Guintoli has taken an excellent victory on his PATA Ducati debut after a crash-strewn Silverstone race forced organisers to throw the red flag at half-distance.
Riding with PATA Ducati for the first time this weekend after parting ways with Effenbert Liberty Ducati, with rain falling from the start, Guintoli surged into the lead from the opening bend and proceeded to hold his nerve out front as the conditions gradually worsened.
Quickly building a huge lead with former team-mate Jakub Smrz in tow, Guintoli and the Czech rider found themselves almost ten seconds ahead of the opposition after just two laps, the rest of the field taking a more cautious approach as the circuit became wetter.
Indeed, with leaden skies forcing a wet race to be declared even before the heavens had opened completely, all riders – save for pit-lane bound Tom Sykes – began on wet tyres.
It would prove a shrewd move as conditions worsened, Guintoli and Smrz initially galloping away up front, albeit with race one winner Loris Baz and Davide Giugliano charging behind them. Indeed, Baz and Giugliano were revelling in the conditions as they took chunks out of the lead advantage, but the latter would see his efforts come to nothing when he crashed out on lap six.
Baz, meanwhile, was still progressing, dispatching of Smrz on eight and setting about attempting to wrest the lead from Guintoli for what could have been an unprecedented double victory.
It was a quest he looked set to achieve when he overtook Guintoli into Copse on lap ten, but his joy appeared to be shortlived when he crashed just moments later through Becketts, promoting Guintoli back into the lead.
As it happens, Baz was not the only rider to come down in a short space of time, with third place Smrz, fourth place Maxime Berger, sixth place Carlos Checa, ninth place Jonathan Rea and 12th place Tom Sykes all crashing within a lap of one another.