WSBK » Sylvain Guintoli confirmed at Aprilia

Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty are charged with defending Aprilia's World Superbike Championship crown in 2013.

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G.O.M - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:54 AM

Right on the money Steve!
The current crop of SBK's are so far removed from their production origin it's not funny!
Be aware though, the stickers are only the start.
To establish a greater divide between SBK & MotoGP, and lessen the outlay for manufacturers, Dorna/Bridgepoint will ensure the SBK regs will be much more restrictive, (perhaps going back to the way they were when the series started???).
You will be able to buy your bike from your importer and, for a nominal sum, he will be able to supply you with a factory supplied race/upgrade kit.
This will ensure more level machine performance and reduce financial outlay to a point where more teams will be able to afford to enter WSBK with a competitive team package.
My God! that might mean a talented young rider can show his ability on a level playing field! What are they thinking???
ps: If you ever saw competitive MotoGP machines on track with the best SBK machinery, you would realize the performance gap is still massive! The SBK c


November 30, 2012 1:58 PM

re: "@ shamarone Current WSB are nothing like the production models u can buy"

i feel sorry for u. no slate, this is sincere. unfortunately ur ignorance of WSB and the regs is HARMING ur fundamental ability to enjoy the hobby. HARMING ur ability to appreciate what the mfgs have toiled to bring US the past 25 yrs. the by-prod of this ignorance is it breeds the "devaluing mentality" that u and others like u now have.

combine this with u not being around the sport for more than 5 mins? u don't know history. u have ZERO reference of where the kit was say in 94? to what the mfgs are now producing and selling here in the 21st.

sure WSB's back THEN were heavily modded and nothing like what u can buy? but an S1 with a full system and a PC5 will twist the drum of ANY dyno regardless, to the tune of 205-208hp! need i mention, if ur willing to come off the dime, u can go buy (and enjoy) all of this and more? :D this message has been brought to u by HOMOLOGATION.


November 30, 2012 2:58 PM

re: "These fake headlights are a joke. it lowers the value of these amazing bikes"

not in the least. if anything it further INCREASES the value. however, your mind has to be "properly formatted" and free of any bad sectors to comprehend any of this. critical.


November 30, 2012 3:19 PM

@ shamarone..........You are wrong. Also, why do you type 'u' when you can type 'you'?
Headlight stickers.......infantile.
Guinters...........excellent news. Good bloke and a good racer.

Marc - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 3:46 PM

Steve I agree it's the illusion that you can buy a WSB from your dealer. While they are distant cousins of the bikes sold at shops you'd need a lot of dough to make them similar. I'd guess they'd be worth $200 to $500K for top level bikes in WSB when you take into account the tires, brakes, swingarms, engine mods, gas tanks/all bodywork, engine management/TC/other electronics, suspension, etc... But thought they had to keep the same frame and are limited on some engine mods. How do you figure they take a stocker with 160-170 hp and make them produce over 210 hp.

billy - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 5:25 PM

2013 is Laverty's year now that Max has proved his point and Aprilia give him the backing he needs. Good to hear Guintoli getting the ride and hopefully both team mates can develop the bikes together to challenge the Kawasaki and the new mighty Ducati.


December 01, 2012 4:03 PM

Guintoli has worked and done well on every bike he's ridden as far as I can remember, but its taken until 2013 for his to get a real opportunity with a team with solid title-winning potential.
Sylvain and Chas Davies have both grafted and earned their chance with a top team, and I think both will do well. After all, both have proven able to take the fight to the front on 2nd string kit.
Guintoli, Davies and Sykes are 3 who've had to work hardest to get where they are IMO, and I'll be watching them with interest in 2013.

vtwinpower - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 1:03 AM

YES!YES!YES! Finally Sylvain gets to prove his talents on a real competitive machine. Effenbert could have done sssooo well if they had taken care of him and let him ride it out, and when they saw him on the Pata Ape they surely realized their mistake. Good luck my fellow countryman, I will be watching and hoping for a Frenchman to challenge the title.
Talentfan you are so right and it makes it even sweeter when any of those 3 get it done!! Can't wait for next season to begin.

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