WSBK » Laverty, Guintoli reflect on battle, fading hopes

Title rivals Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli show their fighting spirit at Magny-Cours, but neither can keep up with new champion-elect Tom Sykes.

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October 06, 2013 6:43 PM
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As Vettel has said : it's not over, till it's over !
Therefore, hats off for Aprilia guys for their commitment, yet their Tom related fair assessments as well !


October 07, 2013 5:21 AM

ahem, I believe s1 spoke of the folly of mates battling...?

BMW already learned this lesson last year at donington and now Aprilia learns their lesson at magny cours THIS year.

i hate being right all the time, but... it's over johnny... IT'S OVER...!!! (col. troutman voice)


October 07, 2013 5:58 AM

I was at Magny Cours last year and Biaggi had 30 points + and fell off on race 1 then finished wining championship by 1/2 point its not over till its over. But I think Tom after last year should ride for the percentage win to ensure championship victory. If sealed in race one go for it in race 2.


October 07, 2013 10:04 AM

@ S1

Problem with your assessment as follows:

1) Even if they'd worked together, no way would they have caught / matched Sykes' pace.

2) Their falls were not as a result of their battle.

That was an epic battle, great to watch two team mates who still have a mathematical chance of the title going for the best points they can.

Also great to see some go-getter attitude from Guinters!!!!


October 07, 2013 1:04 PM

Hopefully this wasn't just a show for the home crowd by Guinters and he takes this fighting spirit with him through next season cause Marco won't be to shy with his passing maneuvers and Sykes will more than likely stay on form.

Hopefully we get to see Laverty's fighting spirit at Jerez some more before he joins the procession that is motogp.


October 07, 2013 5:29 PM

re: "Problem with your assessment as follows: Even if they'd worked together, no way would they have caught / matched Sykes' pace."

no problem with assessment. you assume guinter's contacting the ground while injured has "therapeutic value" and magically enhances his title hopes...? Caroline says rubbish... crazy talk...!

re: "Their falls were not as a result of their battle."

yeah they were. tom didn't fall. focused needlessly on each other saw them ride too fast for the conditions. did I mention tom didn't fall...?


October 08, 2013 10:19 AM

To be fair to Aprilia they probably expected Ginters to do better and Laverty to do worse than he did.
Apart from a few mid-season wobbles Sykes has been the class act of the season and he fully deserves the championship.


October 09, 2013 5:35 PM

I thought Guinters would be better than Laverty but they've been about equal with Laverty having a bit of an edge. But agree that Sykes has been great but he looked on form last season as well. I'm sure if Biaggi stayed he'd be much closer if not leading the series. But this series on any race is better than MotoGP in term of excitement.

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