This weekend the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship continued from the famous Silverstone circuit, in Northamptonshire. It was an action-packed weekend of racing plagued by difficult weather conditions, despite which SHARK’s riders triumphed in both the World Superbike and World Supersport classes claiming race wins and podium places.
The first Superbike race of the day was red-flagged and re-started after two separate crashes in the wet conditions, but in the end it ran its full course with SHARK’s Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) claiming the victory. Race two was also marred by the rain and was eventually red-flagged after eight laps. The results were taken from two laps back, placing SHARK-supported Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team) in first place and Baz in second. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished race one in eighth, and was just outside the top-ten in race two in 12th.
The World Supersport race saw yet more success for SHARK’s Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) with a podium 1-2. Lowes led his PTR team-mate for much of the 16-lap race, before Cluzel made his move on the last lap and took victory by the slimmest of margins. Fabien Foret (Kasawaki Intermoto Step) picked up valuable points with a sixth place. The overall championship sees three SHARK riders in the top-four – Lowes second, Cluzel third and Foret fourth.
Sylvain Guintoli: What a day, what a last couple of weeks actually! It’s been an up and down road after Brno, but I’ve just bounced back quickly with the Pata team and Ducati. I made the wrong choice of tyre in the first race, but in race one I went from zero to hero! I was really angry with myself at the start then when the rains came I eased off for the podium because I didn’t want to go from zero to zero! It’s my first win with Pata and hopefully there are many more to come!
Jules Cluzel: That was a hard race but I had my race plan I wanted to do and I stuck to it. I drafted Sam on the last lap but then he came back at me on the final corner and we touched, it was very close. I am pleased to win and also very happy to enjoy racing here and the feeling I have with my PTR Honda. It is good for us in the Championship as well, I am happy to be third again and close in on the riders in front.
Sam Lowes: The race was not too bad because we did not know if it was going to be wet or dry and it in the end it was dry so that was nice. I struggled a little in the lead because I did not have awesome pace, but I wanted to keep in front and did as much as I could. I knew Jules would have a go and my move on the last lap probably was not the best, but I just wanted to win so badly. So I apologise to him and well done to him for his win, and to Broc for an all-Honda podium. Sorry that I did not win the race, but I tried my best and hopefully we can put that right in Russia. I’m a racer and I always aim to win, so bring on Moscow.