Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty take fourth places at Silverstone

Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea

Northern Ireland riders Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty took fourth places in the latest round of the World Superbike championship at Silverstone.

Rea secured fourth in race one, which was held in terrible conditions, despite being brought down by another rider as he crossed the finishing line.

The Ballyclare rider was ninth in race two and lies fifth in the standings.

Eugene Laverty was 10th in the first race but improved to fourth in race two and is seventh in the series.

The riders had to contend with intermittent showers in the day's first event and Rea was pushed to the back of the field after colliding with another rider on the first lap.

The Honda ace made his way steadily through the field and took the lead for a short spell on the final lap before falling back.

French rider Loris Baz won the race from Michel Fabrizio, with Ayrton Badovini, who knocked Rea off his bike on the line, third.

Series leader Max Biaggi crashed out.

"I got pushed wide on turn five and was lucky not to go down," explained Rea.

"I was the fastest rider on the track from there on, even though the conditions were really bad.

"The last four laps were the longest of my life - I have never gone so slow just to stay upright."

A crash-strewn race two was red-flagged after 10 of the 17 laps, but the result was counted back by two laps and half-points awarded.

That decision saw Laverty drop back from a potential third place to fourth, but Rea, who had crashed out, was awarded ninth place.

Sylvain Guintoli was the winner from Baz.

Biaggi now leads the series on 274 points, with Melandri second on 263.5.

Rea has 203.5 points and Laverty 160.5

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