World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea, Loris Baz on target at Silverstone
Last Updated: August 4, 2013 7:56pm
Jonathan Rea: Race One winner at Silverstone on a wet Sunday
Jonathan Rea secured his first victory of the 2013 World Superbike season on home soil at a soggy Silverstone.
Rea broke clear early in race one at the Northamptonshire track and was still in front when the heavy rain brought an end to it one lap early.
The Pata Honda rider was more than three seconds clear of runner-up Eugene Laverty, who just got the better of Leon Camier in a duel for second on what turned out to be the final lap.
"I was starting to get frustrated with the problems I was having, but now I've kept up my record of winning a race in every year of my career," Rea said.
"I used my head, tried to be smart and didn't make any mistakes. I'm so happy and my team deserves that victory."
Bad weather also affected the second race of the day which went to French rider Loris Baz, who was a Silverstone winner last season as well.
Baz was six tenths of a second ahead of countryman Jules Cluzel when the red flag came out seconds after Cluzel came off at a treacherous Stowe Corner.
Laverty took the final podium place, while Sylvain Guintoli stretched his lead at the top of the standings to 13 points after finishing sixth, one place ahead of nearest challenger Tom Sykes, who at least moved up from 11th in race one.