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Sylvain Barrier has moved another step closer to defending his FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title at Silverstone after benefiting from a timely red flag that reinstated him into the lead on count-back and denied a victory for Jeremy Guarnoni.
An exhilarating – and at times wild – race, Barrier recovered from a poor start to work his way back into contention, engaging in a fierce tussle with Eddi La Marra before nosing ahead with four of the ten lap race remaining.
Indeed, La Marra would find himself in the thick of the action from the start, swapping the lead with Barni Ducati team-mate Niccolo Canepa with a series of close overtakes that would produce more than a few winces from those on the pit wall.
Their battle would duly allow Barrier back into the fray, but the Frenchman's best efforts to get the better of La Marra would almost see them come to blows, the pair making contact at high-speed on the run to Maggotts, before lifting one another up with passes through Stowe and Vale.
Eventually Barrier would nose ahead definitively on lap seven, but he would swiftly have to contend with the attentions of Guarnoni, the MRS Kawasaki rider himself fighting back into contention having run as low as sixth initially.
Swapping positions through the tight Arena complex on lap nine, Barrier held firm as they raced into the final lap before Guarnoni made his bid for victory with a pass into Copse. A seemingly decisive overtake that would see Guarnoni put a bike length between himself and his rival, his joy was shortlived when the red flags were deployed because of a debris-strewing crash for Jaroslav Cerny.
With the race result declared based on the final fully completed lap (at the end of lap eight), it was Barrier that would be classified as the race winner, ahead of Guarnoni.
Though perhaps a slightly fortuitous victory, Barrier's maximum haul of 25 points means he has moved 24 points clear in the overall standings with four races remaining this season, including one later today at Silverstone.