WSBK » Guintoli splits with Liberty Ducati


Sylvain Guintoli decides to quit Liberty Ducati after revealing there is no bike for him to ride at this weekend's World Superbike event at Brno.

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Shame - Unregistered

July 19, 2012 2:23 PM

Such a shame, will never forget his ride on the Dunlop shod Yamaha at a wet Motegi.

The times they are a changin' and the sport needs to change with them, sadly lack of leadership within it at all levels is just allowing it to spiral downwards.

Chin up Guinters.

PS, yes his accent is priceless!

Nick636

July 19, 2012 2:31 PM

Would love to see Sylvain at Kawasaki as he's an awesome rider and awesome guy.

@ Slubber... Why don't YOU go show Tom how to ride it?! Clearly you know exactly what needs doing... Should be easy. I mean, it's not like the guy's been racing for years or anything...

How many team mates have "Shown Tom how to ride that bike...?" I'lll wait.

Wolfy35

July 19, 2012 2:59 PM

there have been alot of negative rumours surrounding Liberty racing for a while now.

Right at the start of the season there were questions asked how the team could possibly afford to run the amount of bikes & riders they had on contract.

Effenbert brewery were reported as considering withdrawing funding for the team after the team manager made his outburst at Monza. Even before then Guintoli was reported as having told the team he would quit if they failed to provide him with a more competative ride.

As close as yesterday morning it was reported that Liberty had informed Ducati they would not be running their bikes next year and were in negotiations to secure 2 customer spec BMWs

I think all we really know is that the team is in deep trouble.

Slubber of Gullion - Unregistered

July 19, 2012 3:05 PM

@Nick636

Don't be preposterous! I do not even have a FIM license. :-p I am not a Kawa man but a Yama man anyway. I don't mean to speak ill of Sykes, but it's just SO frustrating to see a bike which can be at the top of superpole via one lap but can not retain enough to make it up on the podium (even disregarding a race win). Baz & Lascorz probably shouldn't even be at the “world” level so of course Sykes rules the day. Sykes is on his second factory ride but, unfortunately, it seems (to me) to be another opportunity being missed. Is it only man and not machine ? Of course not. But something or someone has to harness the potential of the Kawa and bring everything together. The job isn't getting done. So I'll agree that my original comment was anemic but with that being said I believe Guintoli is very under rated and has achieved results that he was not entitled to but did so out of sheer determination to do what ever it takes on not the highest level of team strength or machin

gogo_gadget_wangslap - Unregistered

July 19, 2012 3:24 PM

Honda need to grow some balls and boot that waste of space Aoyama out(should have done it a long time ago) and snap up guinters.

Liberty keeping Mccormick over Guinters!? They need to sort out their laughing stock of a team.

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