Guintoli within second of MotoGP pace

Sylvain Guintoli was rather surprised to learn that his run to second position on the grid in the latest round of the British Superbike Championship was set with a time that was within a second of what he managed during the 2008 MotoGP race at Donington Park.

The Frenchman ran Leon Camier close in the battle for pole position, but 'two little mistakes' would see Guintoli fall short by a mere six hundredths of a second.

Nonetheless, he was satisfied with his performance, claiming he could not have gotten much more out of the Worx Crescent Suzuki beyond the errors.

“It was a good qualifying session overall,” he told Radio. “I made two little mistakes in the lap, but it was a very fast lap. It is the first time I got a lot out of the bike and I couldn't do much more. Without those two little mistakes it could have been a 1min 30secs, but it is the front row again, so it is good for tomorrow.

Producing a best lap time of 1min 31.111secs, it was just seven tenths off what Guintoli managed during the 2008 British Grand Prix aboard the Alice Ducati with what he claims are race settings.

“I feel good. I have never been so fast around this track, even on a MotoGP bike. I am off my best lap time in the race by 0.7secs, with race settings. I feel confident on the brakes and while there are a few areas to improve, generally I feel great.”

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Biggus-Frankus - Unregistered

May 25, 2009 12:54 PM

No Jimmy, I think you'll find that it's you who doesn't understand. Al was listing the outright lap record set by a Mr. Pedrosa in 2006 as a 1.27. The qualifying result involving the late Steve Hislop was a bit of a surprise that year, but, tyre and engine electronics technology has marched forward a long way on both motogp and superbike. To compare the 500's to anything modern isn't right anyway. These lightweight, unforgiving monsters sounded and looked great to watch, but a complete knife-edge to ride (just ask Chris Walker or Leon Haslam). With no electronic traction trickery, these animals were the last true bikes that could claim to be 'for world class only'.

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