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Sylvain Guintoli admits his shoulder injury prevented him from ever being at 100 per cent during the second-half of his World Superbike Championship season.

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October 20, 2013 7:27 PM

Sylain is a top top guy, But i don't think he'll ever have the pace to win the 7-8 races minimum a year you need to to be able to win titles no matter what bike he is on. If you are a manufacturer focusing on the manufacturers title then consistency wise you could not wish for a better wingman. I think that's why Aprilia are keen to get Marco Melandri on board because he is a proven race winner with consistency when he can't win


October 20, 2013 8:58 PM
Last Edited 925 days ago

You should see the fill part of the glass first, Sylvain, and now, more than ever before !
Just take a look at how gracious Carlos Checa was in his statement about retirement. He just didn't let any chance to sadness to stay close.


October 20, 2013 10:12 PM

On the right bike, which the Aprilia currently is, and free from injury I honestly believe Guinters can be a serious credible championship contender.

You have to admit finishing third in standings despite a visible drop off of form after his shoulder injury is no mean feat.

The only variable is will the Aprilia continue to be as good as it has been since it started racing without Gigi Dall'Igna? Since his departure teams that were supposedly in talks to run Aprilia bikes next year have stopped talking to Aprilia & in MotoGP all teams that run their ART this season except PBM who have not yet revealed what they are doing have signed to use other bikes.


October 21, 2013 8:58 AM

@ rdc & @shakennstirred
Guintoli contract with Aprilia was a one year contract with a renewal if he was in the top three at the end of the year. Beside that, this is his first year on the bike and team. Laverty on the other hand has many crashes on his own in middle of the season, which probably leads Aprilia to make deal with Melandri.


October 21, 2013 1:45 PM

Eugene's win-it-or-bin-it approach probably frustrates manufacturers more than anything. Eugene was a nightmare mid-season, when the decision was probably made.
He knew that and improved his game no-end, as do most riders when they're looking for a job.
Guinters' injury really took the wind out of his sails, but his performance and Magny Cours was very gutsy. For me, Aprilia have a very strong line up that they should be happy to stick with. BMW are the wrecker for Eugene here.


October 24, 2013 10:41 AM
Last Edited 921 days ago

Guinters (as has been said) had the 'top 3' clause in his contract to be retained.

But anyway he was doing a great job till the injury and looked the class act I think he is.

He deserves another crack on the Aprilia - injury free he's got potential (as well as being a decent guy). Marco's a great rider, but IS ruthless and dirty sometimes. So off-track he'll do anything to get better service than Guinters you can be sure, so that has to be a concern for SG.

Purely on the "clean" aspect - I just hope Eugene gets a competitive ride, and if its in WSBK that he beats Marco (& so does Guinters too) in 2014.

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