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Sylvain Barrier has revived his FIM Superstock 1000 Championship title hopes with two races remaining after winning a dramatic eighth round of the season at the Nurburgring.
The Frenchman came into the race as one of four riders vying for this year's title alongside Eddi La Marra, Bryan Staring and Jeremy Guarnoni, though by trailing La Marra by 31 points, it was always going to take a mistake from the Italian to play him back into the championship.
However, not only did Barrier get his wish when La Marra crashed out of the race, Staring and Guarnoni's failure to finish effectively rules them out of the championship fight too.
The race began with Staring getting away well from his pole position, shrugging off the later braking La Marra to squeeze into an early lead , while Barrier, La Marra and Guarnoni slotted in behind.
With the top four quickly establishing a margin over the competition, La Marra – who has not finished any lower than fourth this season - could afford to hold station, but his race would come to an abrupt conclusion on lap three when he slid off his Barni Ducati rounding the left-right Ford Kurve.
However, while he was visibly frustrated with himself as he retired to the pit lane, La Marra would receive a break of sorts as his rivals battled on to capitalise on his failure to score.
First to flounder was Guarnoni, the Frenchman sliding off the MRS Kawasaki at turn three from third position to leave Staring and Barrier out front battling for the win.
With Guarnoni no longer a threat behind him, Barrier made his move into the first turn at the start of lap nine, relieving Staring of the lead for the first time and proceeded to immediately gap the Australian.