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WSB: Toseland gets lucky escape at Silverstone

Rain stops play for World Superbike circus

JAMES Toseland keeps his lead in the World Superbike Championship having bounced back from a crash in Race 1, the only race at Silverstone over the weekend.

Toseland, the Ten Kate Honda number one rider went into his home round leading the series by 35 points but his weekend turned sour when he fell early in the rain-hit first race but he got back on track and rode well to take eighth place.

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With the second race cancelled because of the worsening weather, Toseland was able to minimise the damage to his title lead. A lucky escape, perhaps.

Defending champion Troy Bayliss took the race win on his Ducati 999 from Yamaha Italia pairing Nori Haga and Troy Corser.

Haga's second place helped him close the gap on leader Toseland from 35 to 23 points but, after falling early in the race, the British rider will have been counting his blessings as he was able to force his way through to eighth place at the flag.

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Toseland now has 237 points with Haga on 214, Max Biaggi is third with 201 points on the Alstare Corona Suzuki, Bayliss fourth on 189 and Corser fifth on 151.

Toseland's team-mate Roberto Rolfo Rolfo was fourth in the race, Regis Laconi was fifth on the PSG-1 Kawasaki and Biaggi - one of the season's favourites - was sixth.

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