2012 Silverstone WSBK Race Two: Torrential Rain Causes Chaos

With the rain falling before the start of the race, the race was declared wet and the distance was reduced to 17 laps to allow for the extra time to change the bikes to their wet configurations.

As the race started, Sylvain Guintoli made an early charge, followed by Jakub Smrz, a man he very much wanted to beat. The pair of them broke free of the rest and set about racing each other. Smrz could never beat Guintoli though and eventually fell into the clutches of a hard-charging Loris Baz.

After Davide Giugliano crashed out, eleven laps from the end, it was clear the rain was falling harder. A few laps later, Jonathan Rea crashed, followed by Smrz. The lap after, Carlos Checa and Maxime Berger also crashed, the track now dangerous to ride on.

Loris Baz then took to the front, passing Guintoli and, while establishing a lead, he too crashed, followed by an agitated Tom Sykes. The red flag finally made an appearance and the race was declared. Guintoli, Baz and Eugene Laverty took their place in Parc Fermé but after confirming the timing of the red flag, it was rolled back to the beginning of the last completed lap and Smrz was reinstated in 3rd place, and as the race only ran half distance, like at Monza, half points were awarded.

For the third time today, the Marseillese played at Silverstone. The French are doing nothing to tarnish their reputation in the rain.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 2'25.365  
2 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'24.324 0.881
3 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 2'25.634 1.671
4 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'27.721 19.045
5 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 2'27.613 22.116
6 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 2'25.545 23.736
7 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'28.034 24.690
8 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 2'28.664 26.197
9 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 2'28.237 26.861
10 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'27.285 27.194
11 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'28.109 29.243
12 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'28.812 30.328
13 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 2'28.717 32.746
14 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 2'29.492 34.905
15 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 2'28.613 35.849
16 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 2'29.698 40.091
17 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 2'27.850 58.530
RET 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 2'28.416 1 Lap
RET 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 2'24.384 2 Laps
RET 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'30.500 4 Laps
RET 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R   7 Laps


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Listening to him talk, I must say that's the first time I have ever heard a Frenchman with a British accent. I have read from multiple sources that Guintoli is a very funny guy and very popular with some of the press. Good for him, had to feel good to beat the team that stiffed him. And all the others as well!

Baz is a demon, pretty crazy rider, reminds me a of Iannone/Crazy Joe, but crazier.

Those races were the craziest races I have ever seen. What's weird is that no one went down in the 2nd race, then everybody started falling off. Not surprised to see Rea off, that's a regular occurrence. And it was only a matter of time before Gugliano fell, he was way over the edge.

I'm glad no one was hurt.