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A year after claiming his maiden World Superbike Championship win in treacherous conditions at Silverstone, Loris Baz is celebrating his second success around the same circuit after emerging on top of a truncated second encounter of the day.
An exhilarating race that would see several riders contest the win, Baz found himself in the right place at the right time when a sharp shower with just over a lap remaining forced organisers to deploy the red flag and declare the result.
Even so, Baz had looked strong from the very start after sweeping into the lead ahead of Eugene Laverty on the opening lap, the youngster establishing an advantage he would maintain until lap eight.
Behind him, team-mate Tom Sykes shadowed him through the opening revolutions for a Kawasaki 1-2, with Chaz Davies working his way up to third place, ahead of Laverty, Sylvain Guintoli, Jules Cluzel and Leon Camier.
With Baz unable to string out a seven-strong pack, the close quarters would see Sykes lose out in a melee around Brooklands on lap eight, the title contender overtaken by Davies before coming off worse in contact with Laverty to plummet to seventh place. Struggling for pace thereafter, he wouldn't recover from that position.
Up front, Davies was immediately putting pressure on Baz, promptly slipping through on the run to Stowe on lap nine. Though Baz responded by re-passing into Arena, Davies would simply repeat his pass on lap ten to nose ahead definitively.
However, the race would be turned on its head by the role of Cluzel and Camier on their respective Fixi Crescent Suzukis, the pair making their presence felt to get amongst the leaders for the first time this season. Getting the better of Baz on lap 11, Camier and Cluzel would run second and third behind Davies at one stage.
Displaying confidence on the GSX-R1000 – a bike that has scored just three podiums since the start of the 2011 WSBK season -, Camier would go one better by slipping the Suzuki into the lead on lap 12 with a pass on Davies at Arena, while Cluzel followed suit just moments later.