CHAZ Davies slipped a place in the World Superbike Championship standings after a miserable weekend at Silverstone.
The Presteigne rider had hoped his ‘home’ event would see a high finish in his bid to close on the championship leaders and ongoing pursuit of Davide Guigliano for the ‘Best Rookie’ award.
However Davies was controversially relegated to seventh in the final standings of race two after organisers chose to abandon the event following a host of crashes.
It was a cruel blow to Davies who had seen the 10th round start so brightly with a fifth fastest qualifying time.
However ongoing electrical problems with his Aprilia ParkinGo MTC saw him unable to build on his encouraging start and saw him drop to 16th as the rain began to dictate proceedings.
Race one victory belonged to French teenager Loris Baz, who overcame the wet track and more experienced rivals to steer his Kawasaki to his first ever victory.
Race two came to an abrupt halt and the race distance was halved after a crash forced organisers to show the red flag.
The decision followed a large crash on the 10th lap and with the track becoming drenched and conditions perilous, the 10th round of the 2012 WSBK Championship was halted.
There had already been retirements, but when first race winner Baz was joined by Jakub Smrz, Maxime Berger, Charlos Checa, Jonathan Rea and Tom Skyes in crashing out within a lap of one another the organisers were forced to intervene.
With carnage strewn across the circuit, the red flag was dropped on lap 10 of 17 and the race declared as over, though it took some time for the results to be confirmed.
Victory was awarded to Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider Sylvian Guintoli who had led the race two laps before the crashes, with Baz taking second and Smrz third.
Davies had kept his head as the rest of the field fell around him and had climbed to fourth only for the race’s abandonment to see him drop to seventh overall and 11th in the overall WSBK standings.