Sylvain Guintoli endured what he described as 'a weekend to forget' in the second round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship at Assen in the Netherlands, as things started off badly for the Alstare Suzuki ace – and then 'never really improved'.
An off-colour 13th spot in qualifying for the Frenchman – once again some way behind fourth-placed team-mate and early-season championship leader Leon Haslam – would prove to be unlucky indeed, and left Guintoli on the back foot from there on in.
Failing to successfully find his rhythm throughout race day, the 27-year-old took the chequered flag respectively 14th and 13th in the two 22-lap encounters – in the first of them barely a second shy of the similarly struggling Haslam, but in the other almost half a minute in arrears – to tally by some margin his worst return of the campaign to-date with just five points and slip down to eighth position in the chase for the crown.
“This was a weekend to forget,” underlined Guintoli, “and I don't really even want to think about it anymore. It didn't start well and never really improved. It did get a bit better on Saturday and I might have been able to rescue something if I had managed to find my rhythm on Sunday, but I didn't, and having a problem with another rider in race two didn't help either.
“I'm not sure if it was [Tom] Sykes or [Lorenzo] Lanzi, but there was an impact and that affected the steering of my bike. I was lucky not to crash, but I thought I might as well keep going and see what happened. The steering felt strange and I just couldn't push any harder. I think it's better I forget this weekend and start thinking about the next race in Monza, because that is something positive.”