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Sylvain Guintoli - Q&A

2013 eni World Superbike Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli speaks ahead of this weekend's Donington Park round...
Q:
Sylvain, you've lived in England for several years now and also have an English wife, Caroline. How did you find the transition?

Sylvain Guintoli:
I would say that my whole life revolves around England. I spoke very little English upon moving here but quickly learnt and adapted.

I love the English mentality in both their personal and professional lives. It's a way of life that I enjoy and it suits me very well.

Caroline and I married in 2006 and have only ever lived in England along with our three children. My wife doesn't work and instead takes care of them and me, so perhaps it's better to say she has four children because I consider myself one of them! Actually, we are expecting our fourth child in November.

Q:
This weekend's World Superbike round at Donington Park is of particular importance to you. Do you consider it a home event?

Sylvain Guintoli:
Yes, it is a very special event for me. Firstly, I only live 20 minutes away by bike from the circuit so consider myself 'at home'. It's also given me some unforgettable memories: in 2003 I met my wife there, which must have been a sign.

Less pleasant was my accident in 2009 when I sustained the most severe injuries of my career during a British Superbike round. I could not ride for several months. It was a difficult time and prompted me to ask a lot of questions about the future. But today I am happy to be back fighting on the track, especially against the British riders. There are a lot in World Superbikes this year and I have a good relationship with all of them.

It will be even more fun to race against them at Donington Park because, while I consider it my home, they view me as a Frenchman. They're keen to perform in front of their fans but it's the same for me! So it's very exciting and a big challenge. I also consider Magny-Cours' round in October a home race. I guess I'm lucky to have two national events, so to speak.

Q:
Talking of Magny-Cours, is it a key date personally during your season?

Sylvain Guintoli:
Of course! It's important for me to do well in front of the French public and I'm looking forward to it! I would love to produce a strong performance there. Unlike 2012 this season's final round doesn't take place at the circuit, but I will be just as excited to be riding in France again.

I had not competed at Magny-Cours for 10 years when I returned in 2010. It was a special feeling that took me back to my days racing in the French championship. So much had happened in between. I really like the circuit, enjoy racing there and fighting for the best positions. I would be so proud to finish on the podium, win or even celebrate securing the title there. I'm sure it will be a great event this year.

Q:
So it sounds like you've thought about clinching the title at Magny-Cours?

Sylvain Guintoli:




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