Race One of today’s WSB event at the Silverstone circuit in England had the riders battling it out amidst a torrential downpour from the second they left the grid, with championship leader James Toseland (Honda) crashing out in the slippery conditions on lap 3. Toseland’s crash gave the rest of the field an opportunity to make up ground in the championship standings, and Troy Bayliss took best advantage of that opportunity by putting his Ducati on the top step of the podium. Pressuring Bayliss throughout the race were Yamaha teammates Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser, who finished second and third, respectively.
The rain continued to come down after the conclusion of Race One, and the constantly worsening track condition forced WSB officials to first postpone Race Two, then eventually cancel it completely due to safety concerns.
Toseland still leads the championship battle with 237 points, but Haga closed in slightly today and is second in the standings with 214 points. For additional details, results and points, visit the official WSB site here.