WSBK » Laverty assumes Aprilia advantage with ‘unexpected’ win

Eugene Laverty lifts himself to second in the World Superbike standings following his third win in four races as he continues his late charge for the 2013 title.

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September 30, 2013 3:12 PM

Guintoli is more consistent than Sykes, but a bit slower.
Laverty is less consistent than Sykes, but a bit quicker.

Aprilia has by far the most balanced line up this year in comparison with past seasons (it always was Biaggi + some other guy), but Tom is 'the best of both worlds'.

The question is - who'll raise the trophy? My bet is on Tom now. But it's gonna be tough!


September 30, 2013 4:14 PM

Guintoli has a top three clause in his contract apparently.

I'm not sure if that's a season-end clause or up to a point in the season, but if Sylvain doesn't pick his pace up a bit, Melandri may ended up taking 3rd overall AND his ride in 2014...


September 30, 2013 7:50 PM

You can see why Gigi would want EL to stay in the Aprilia family.

He has raw speed and controlled aggression and uses his head. Yes he's binned it once or twice, but he seems to have the edge on Guintoli (who I also like and rate and have nothing against - in fact I'd have thought him a very deserving Champ if he wins it).

You can see that the Double-Win & Laguna Seca Laverty is the one we are going to see fight tooth and nail for the title. That's a good trait in any rider. It was good to see the fight in Sykes as well - good stuff.

The only thing Eugene lacks is a bit of on-screen personality - Guinters has him beat there!


October 01, 2013 10:07 AM
Last Edited 857 days ago

""On screen personality" Give me a break! It's racing not acting."

@ Insidejob

While I agree with you, whether we like it or not (given the choice between 2 equally fast and talented riders) Sponsors and teams will ALWAYS pick the one who works best with the Media and is popular with the fans.

Rossi would not be anything like as popular if he didn't have a good media personality. The Stoner's, Doohan's and Fogarty's of this world would not have been more successful on track, but would have been a lot more successful off-track if they had been more personable.

In fact it could be argued that the more popular a racer, the more he can get away with - so even ON track results might well be better if you have the right persona.

Its just how it is. So it is relevant.


October 02, 2013 12:36 AM

I think the commentators do more for Guintoli's personality than he does.

Having seen some of Lavery's 'cute' posts on twitter I would have to give him the nod so far as interesting character off the track. 90% of Guintoli's persona seems to be hearsay by the commentators. Can't really see the need to differentiate on that point.

One thing is clear though, Guintoli has been picking up the pieces all season long, and I really hope he doesnt win it this year for that reason. There is nothing interesting about a rider who sits in the same position all race long and doesnt push for the win.

Guintoli's behavior after Sykes rejoined at Monza pretty much sealed my opinion about his performance this year, its like hes expecting to get the result with out actually going for it.

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