WSS » 4 August 2013
Silverstone SSTK: Barrier seals double Silverstone victory
Sylvain Barrier wraps up his fifth win in seven races at Silverstone to put himself in a strong position to defend his Superstock 1000 title.
Sylvain Barrier has put himself in a position to wrap up the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup at the Nurburgring after sealing his second win of the day at Silverstone.
An unusual double-header, introduced to ensure this year's championship runs to a full ten races, Barrier enjoyed a somewhat less eventful run to victory on this occasion after his win earlier in the day was contested by an angry Eddi La Marra.
Indeed, with La Marra aggrieved by what he believed to be aggressive riding by Barrier in race one, the Italian was seemingly still upset as race two got underway when a rather desperate lunge for the lead at Stowe on the opening lap simply sent both riders out very wide.
Allowing Lorenzo Savadori and Niccolo Canepa to move ahead briefly, a cool Barrier would quickly re-assert his authority, moving back into a lead from lap two he would protect to the chequered flag.
La Marra, meanwhile, would see his title dreams all-but-end when he crashed out of third position at Becketts, the Italian now 50 points behind with only three races remaining.
His demise would leave team-mate Canepa as the sole challenger to Barrier, but he would ultimately fade as the race entered the closing stages, the former MotoGP rider reeled in by Leandro Mercado and Lorenzo Savadori to be demoted to fourth at the chequered flag.
Barrier, however, was clear our front, the Frenchman picking up his fifth win in seven races to extend his advantage to 36 points over Canepa with just races at the Nurburgring, Magny-Cours and Jerez remaining.
Mercado, meanwhile, would celebrate a career-best second place finish for Pedercini Kawasaki, the Argentinian's consistent set of results moving him up to joint-third in the standings alongside Jeremy Guarnoni, the race one podium winner sidelined on this occasion by mechanical problems.
With Savadori making it two Pedercini bikes on the podium, Alessandro Andreozzi completed the team's excellent end to the day by rounding out the top five.
Behind them, Matthieu Lussiana, Ondrej Jezek, Romain Lanusse, Christoffer Bergman and Christophe Ponsson rounded out the top ten.
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