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Guintoli, Smrz break free with Liberty podium
5 September 2011
Sylvain Guintoli has edged himself into the battle for a top six finish in the World Superbike Championship standings after scoring a second podium of the season at the Nurburgring.
The Frenchman was one of the day's big winners, showing form in the dry to finish in sixth position, before proving even more impressive aboard the Effenbert-Liberty Ducati in the wet as he tussled with Tom Sykes for second place.
Though a late error would allow Sykes – who would eventually win as a result of Noriyuki Haga's crash out of the lead – the gap he needed to get away, Guintoli was thrilled with the result, one that marks his best-ever at WSBK level and moves him up to eighth in the standings, 15 points behind sixth place Leon Camier.
"Finally we got a result that rewards the efforts made until now and not always collected,” he said. “During the whole of the German weekend we can say that the bike giving positive feedbacks . During the race I found, progressively, the right feeling with the tyres, and managed to be competitive in both races.
“I am so happy, it is a success I want to share with the whole team that lately has been working really hard. I am confident and I think we might have more satisfactions.”
A strong race for the Effenbert-Liberty team as Jakub Smrz joined Guintoli on the podium, it was a particularly important result for the Czech rider, who had retired from seven of the last ten races.
"During the qualifications and the Superpole session, I understood that something would change, and so it has been. We have always been competitive with our rivals and then the rainy conditions gave me a little extra help, although it was certainly not an easy job to keep the bike on the track, on some parts of the track.
“I dedicate [the podium] it to all the people that have believed in me in this difficult period and have been close to me, starting with the mechanics and the all of the team."
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