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Jonathan Rea has taken his first World Superbike Championship win of the season at Silverstone after successfully negotiating intermittent rain to prevail over his rivals.
An entertaining show from start-to-finish, the race was already shaping up to be a close contest before a smattering of rain on parts of the circuit five laps in turned the order on its head as riders contended with varying levels of grip.
Already delayed as officials made provisions for rain in the air, the race nonetheless got underway in dry conditions with pole man Eugene Laverty leading into the opening bends from Rea, Loris Baz and Tom Sykes.
In these conditions, Kawasaki appeared to have the edge on their rivals with Sykes passing Baz for third before pushing past Rea for second on lap three and Laverty for the lead on lap four.
However, just as it looked as though Sykes was in position to extend his advantage over the opposition, the leaden skies began to deal a spot of drizzle around parts of the circuit, in particular at Stowe and Vale.
What followed would be two laps of relative confusion as a handful of riders adopted a more hesitating approach than others, prompting some of the front runners to fall back – including Sykes and Laverty – and mid-fielders to move through.
After dozens of overtakes amongst an eight-strong lead pack, by the end of lap seven, Rea held the lead having found the right balance between speed and caution, with Baz in second and Sylvain Guintoli in third.
From here, Rea and Baz would start to pull away from the pack to firm themselves into first and second positions, but the final podium spot would be fought over by a number of riders right to the chequered flag.