Less than two weeks after being dumped by the Effenbert Liberty Ducati team for 'poor results', Sylvain Guintoli is celebrating a victory on his maiden outing with Pata Racing at Silverstone.
A remarkable turnaround for a rider who was left without a bike after a somewhat acrimonious split from the Czech team with whom he had scored a race win with at Assen earlier this season, the Frenchman had the satisfaction of showing Effenbert what they were missing by proving competitive all weekend.
Though an erroneous tyre choice in race one, when he started on wet tyres around a slick circuit in the hope it would rain earlier than it did, left him outside the points, he was determined go from 'zero to hero' in race two.
Capitalising on the awful conditions in race two, Guintoli opened up an early advantage and though he would cede his lead to Loris Baz at one stage, the decision to end the race early would see him awarded the win on count-back.
Marking the first WSBK win for Pata Racing in its current guise, Guintoli was thrilled to end a turbulent few weeks with an outstanding result.
“What a day, what a last couple of weeks actually! It's been an up and down road after Brno, but I've just bounced back quickly with the Pata team and Ducati. I made the wrong choice of tyre in the first race, but in race one I went from zero to hero!
“I was really angry with myself at the start then when the rains came I eased off for the podium because I didn't want to go from zero to zero! It's my first win with Pata and hopefully there are many more to come!”
Despite the impressive win, Guintoli received only half-points for his efforts, scoring 12.5 points.